Dialog Semiconductor to acquire Atmel for $4.6 billion

Sept. 21, 2015

London, UK, and San Jose, CA. Dialog Semiconductor and Atmel Corp. announced yesterday that Dialog has agreed to acquire Atmel in a cash and stock transaction for total consideration of approximately $4.6 billion. The acquisition creates a global company in both power-management and embedded-processing solutions. The transaction results in a company supporting mobile power, IoT, and automotive customers. Dialog said the combined company will address an attractive, fast growing market opportunity of approximately $20 billion by 2019.

Dialog said it will complement its leadership position in power management ICs with a leading portfolio of proprietary and ARM-based microcontrollers in addition to high performance ICs for connectivity, touch, and security. Dialog will also leverage Atmel’s established sales channels to significantly diversify its customer base. Through realized synergies, the two companies expect the combination will deliver an improved operating model and enable new revenue growth opportunities.

“The rationale for the transaction we are proposing today is clear—and the potential this combination holds is exciting. By bringing together our technologies, world-class talent, and broad distribution channels we will create a new, powerful force in the semiconductor space. Our new, enlarged company will be a diversified, high-growth market leader in mobile power, IoT, and automotive. We firmly believe that by combining power management, microcontrollers, connectivity, and security technologies, we will create a strong platform for innovation and growth in the large and attractive market segments we serve. This is an important and proud milestone in the evolution of our Dialog story,” said Jalal Bagherli, Dialog chief executive officer.

“This transaction combines two successful companies and will create significant value for Atmel and Dialog shareholders, customers, and employees. Adding Dialog’s world-class capabilities in power management with Atmel’s keen focus on microcontrollers, connectivity, and security will enable Dialog to more effectively target high-growth applications within the mobile, IoT, and automotive markets,” said Steven Laub, Atmel president and chief executive officer.

In 2017, the first full year following closing, the transaction is expected to be accretive to Dialog’s underlying earnings. Dialog anticipates achieving projected annual cost savings of $150 million within two years.

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