Analog Devices buys Linear Technology in $14.8bn deal

BY Fraser Tennant

In a move which will result in the creation of a major analogue technology company, Analog Devices Inc has announced that it is to buy Linear Technology Corporation in a deal valued at $14.8bn.

Under the terms of the definitive agreement, Analog Devices will acquire Linear Technology in a cash and stock transaction that will see Linear Technology shareholders receive $46.00 per share in cash and 0.2321 of a share of Analog Devices common stock for each share of Linear Technology common stock.

Analog Devices intends to fund the transaction with approximately 58 million new shares of Analog Devices common stock, approximately $7.3bn of new long-term debt and the remainder from the combined company’s balance sheet cash.

Upon completion of the acquisition (expected by the end of the first half of calendar year 2017), Analog Devices will be an industry leader across data converters, power management, amplifiers, interface and RF and microwave products.

“The combination of Analog Devices and Linear Technology brings together two of the strongest business and technology franchises in the semiconductor industry,” said Vincent Roche, president and chief executive of Analog Devices. “Our shared focus on engineering excellence and our highly complementary portfolios of industry-leading products will enable us to solve our customers’ biggest and most complex challenges at the intersection of the physical and digital worlds.”

The combined company will use the name Analog Devices, Inc.  and both Analog Devices and Linear Technology anticipate a combined company leadership team, with strong representation from both companies across all functions.

“For 35 years, Linear Technology has had great success by growing its business organically,” said Bob Swanson, executive chairman and co-founder of Linear Technology. “However, this combination of Linear Technology and Analog Devices has the potential to create a combination where one plus one truly exceeds two. As a result, the Linear Technology Board concluded that this is a compelling transaction that delivers substantial value to our shareholders, and the opportunity for additional upside through stock in the combined company.”

The transaction has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies and is subject to regulatory approvals in various jurisdictions, the approval of Linear Technology’s shareholders, and other customary closing conditions.

Mr Roche concluded: “I have no doubt that the combination of our two companies will create a trusted leader in our industry, capable of generating tremendous value for all of our stakeholders."

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