Cypress Semiconductor and Spansion have announced that they have closed the merger of the two companies in an all-stock, tax-free transaction valued at approximately $5bn. In a special meeting, Cypress shareholders approved the issuance of 2.457 shares of Cypress stock to Spansion shareholders for each Spansion share they own. Spansion shareholders approved the merger in a separate special meeting. The merger is expected to achieve more than $135m in cost synergies on an annualised basis within three years and to be accretive to non-GAAP earnings within the first full year after the transaction closes. The combined company will continue to pay $0.11 per share in quarterly dividends to shareholders.
Cypress president and CEO T.J. Rodgers is scheduled to talk about the merger live on the Fox Business News program, “Opening Bell,” hosted by Maria Bartiromo, Friday morning at 7:30 a.m. PDT. A four-minute video of Rodgers and Spansion CEO John Kispert, describing the synergies of the merger and benefits for Cypress and Spansion customers, is available on the Cypress website at www.cypress.com/NewCypress.
“We closed this merger even more quickly than originally anticipated, accelerating our strategic and financial roadmap,” Rodgers said. “From Day One, the new Cypress will capitalise on its expanded product portfolio and leadership positions in embedded processing and specialised memories to significantly extend its penetration of global markets such as automotive, industrial, consumer, wearable electronics and the Internet of Things.”
“Consider the automotive market, where Cypress has a dominant position in capacitive touch-sensing controllers and SRAMs for infotainment systems, and Spansion is the leading supplier of flash memory and microcontrollers for infotainment, body and climate control systems, instrument clusters and advanced driver assistance systems,” Rodgers said. “The new Cypress will be the No. 3 chip supplier worldwide of memories and microcontrollers to this business. You can think of the post-merger company truly in terms of the well-known equation: 1 + 1 = 3: No. 1 in SRAMs, No. 1 in NOR flash and No. 3 overall.”
“Spansion’s exceptional team and technology leadership in high-performance memory and MCUs will complement Cypress’s strong capabilities. This merger was an important step forward in Spansion’s transformation into a global embedded systems leader,” said Kispert, CEO of Spansion and a member of the Cypress board of directors . “Together, we can significantly enhance our value to our customers and deliver a more robust and broader product line to meet their embedded requirements.”