Friday, May 20, 2011

Skyworks to acquire SiGe

WOBURN, Mass. & ANDOVER, Mass., May 17, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Skyworks Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: SWKS), an innovator of high reliability analog and mixed signal semiconductors enabling a broad range of end markets, today signed a definitive agreement to purchase SiGe Semiconductor, Inc., a leading global supplier of radio frequency (RF) front-end solutions that are facilitating wireless multimedia across a wide range of applications. The acquisition of SiGe, a fabless semiconductor provider, complements Skyworks' leadership in wide area front-end solutions by adding SiGe's innovative short range, silicon-based products. As a result, Skyworks will be able to offer customers a comprehensive wireless networking product portfolio, supporting all key operating frequencies with architectural flexibility to address a variety of high growth applications. Specifically, via this transaction, Skyworks immediately expands its addressable content opportunity within several strategic product areas including smart phones, tablets, gaming consoles, notebook PCs and home automation systems.

"Skyworks' acquisition of SiGe Semiconductor underscores our commitment to capitalize on ubiquitous wireless connectivity," said David J. Aldrich, president and chief executive officer of Skyworks. "To that end, this acquisition is highly complementary in terms of our addressed markets, sales channels, process technologies, design methodologies and baseband partnerships. At the same time, the SiGe business presents significant operational and cost synergies yielding immediate earnings accretion and long-term shareholder value creation."

"Skyworks clearly represents the best strategic and cultural fit for SiGe Semiconductor," said Sohail Khan, president and chief executive officer of SiGe Semiconductor. "Both companies have a long history of front-end innovation and a shared vision of the future of band-intensive wireless networking. Together, we can develop and deliver products of unprecedented integration and improve our customers' performance in the increasingly connected wireless world."

Skyworks will pay $210 million in cash, plus an additional $65 million if certain performance targets are met over the next 12 months. The transaction has been approved by Skyworks' and SiGe's boards of directors and is anticipated to close in June, subject to customary closing conditions, including the receipt of domestic and foreign regulatory approvals. Excluding any non-recurring acquisition related charges and amortization of acquired intangibles, Skyworks expects the acquisition to be immediately accretive to non-GAAP earnings and will finalize estimates of the transaction's financial impact, as well as the accounting for the transaction, upon deal close.

SiGe Semiconductor's diverse and comprehensive product portfolio provides the performance, range and reliability required by 802.11b/g/a/n, Bluetooth(R), WiMAX, GPS and ZigBee(R) Systems. The company's innovative utilization of silicon-based semiconductor technologies simplifies the integration of RF signal processing for many of today's leading consumer, commercial and industrial electronics companies. Key SiGe customers include Cisco, Dell, Huawei, Hewlett-Packard, NetGear, Itron, Microsoft, Nintendo, Samsung and Sony.

About SiGe Semiconductor

SiGe Semiconductor is a leading provider of highly integrated RF semiconductor front-end solutions that enable wireless connectivity across a wide range of applications. Our innovative solutions integrate multiple RF functions into a single semiconductor device to deliver an optimal combination of performance, power output and efficiency, and size. Our predominant use of standard silicon based processes and fabless manufacturing model enables us to achieve high levels of functional integration, leverage the economies of scale of high volume manufacturing technology, maintain low costs and accelerate our time-to-market. We have shipped more than 750 million front-end solutions since our inception, primarily consisting of Wi-Fi(TM) front end modules and power amplifiers.

About Skyworks

Skyworks Solutions, Inc. is an innovator of high reliability analog and mixed signal semiconductors. Leveraging core technologies, Skyworks offers diverse standard and custom linear products supporting automotive, broadband, cellular infrastructure, energy management, industrial, medical, military and mobile handset applications. The Company's portfolio includes amplifiers, attenuators, detectors, diodes, directional couplers, front-end modules, hybrids, infrastructure RF subsystems, mixers/demodulators, phase shifters, PLLs/synthesizers/VCOs, power dividers/combiners, receivers, switches and technical ceramics.

Headquartered in Woburn, Mass., Skyworks is worldwide with engineering, manufacturing, sales and service facilities throughout Asia, Europe and North America. For more information, please visit Skyworks' Web site at: www.skyworksinc.com.

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