Berlin: German chipmaker Infineon sealed a definitive agreement to make an offer for US competitor Cypress that values the firm at around nine billion euros ($10.1 billion), the two companies said in a statement Monday.
Infineon, which has been grappling with a bout of consolidation in the semi-conductor sector, said it agreed to pay $23.85 per share in cash for Cypress.
"With this transaction, we will be able to offer our customers the most comprehensive portfolio for linking the real with the digital world," Infineon chief executive Reinhard Ploss said in a statement.
"This will open up additional growth potential in the automotive, industrial and Internet of Things sectors," he added.
The companies currently have complementary focuses.
Infineon, which spun off from the Siemens conglomerate in 1999, focuses on power semiconductors, sensors and security solutions.
California-based Cypress, which bought the Internet of Things division of Qualcomm in 2016, focuses on microcontrollers as well as software and connectivity components, as well as flash memory.
"Combining these technology assets will enable comprehensive advanced solutions for high-growth applications such as electric drives, battery-powered devices and power supplies," they said in the joint statement.
Infineon said the deal is expected to have a positive effect on earnings from the first year, with revenue growth of at least nine per cent, a double-digit increase in margins and a drop in the investment-to-sales ratio.
It targets 180 million euros in annual savings by 2022, and put the long-term potential of synergies at more than 1.5 billion euros per year.
The German firm said that while a consortium of banks will underwrite the funding of the acquisition of Cyprus, it intends to ultimately finance around 30 per cent of the transaction with a capital increase, use some cash reserves and finance the rest with debt.
The $23.85 offer price is nearly a 50 per cent premium to the 30-day volume-weighted average price during the period from 15 April to 28 May, before market rumours began of a deal.
Infineon said the acquisition, which it expects could close by the end of this year following regulatory approvals as well as by Cypress shareholders, will make it the world's number eight chip manufacturer.