Acquisition to further sensor solution growth in IoT and ICT

21st December 2016
Posted By : Alice Matthews
Acquisition to further sensor solution growth in IoT and ICT

TDK Corporation and InvenSense have entered into a definitive agreement wherein TDK agrees to acquire all of the outstanding InvenSense shares for cash at an acquisition price of $13.00 per InvenSense share, for a total acquisition price of $1.3bn. The transaction has been unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies. 

Completion of the transaction is expected in second quarter of the fiscal year ending 31st March 2018, and is subject to approvals by InvenSense shareholders and the relevant regulatory authorities. The acquisition will be completed through a merger of a newly created subsidiary of TDK with and into InvenSense, with InvenSense continuing following the merger as a wholly-owned subsidiary of TDK.

TDK's current medium-term (three year) management plan ending in March 2018 focuses on the importance of three areas: a) automotive, b) manufacturing devices and energy, and c) Information and Communications Technology (ICT). As part of its strategy for growth in these key areas, TDK has identified sensors and actuators, energy units and next-gen electronic components as three product areas for strategic growth aimed at unlocking new business opportunities in the fields of Internet of Things (IoT). Sensors are viewed as an important IoT-enabling technology and TDK envisions greatly expanding this portion of its business and providing a broad range of sensor solutions to its customers. TDK currently sells magnetic sensors that employ thin-film magnetic technology, which TDK has accumulated through its endeavors with Hard Disk Drive (HDD) solutions over many years. Further, TDK's product line includes pressure, temperature, electric current, and various other sensor types, and TDK plans to expand its sensor business going forward.

Through the acquisition of InvenSense, TDK will be able to strengthen its product line-ups and technologies, which is expected to enable the combined company to become a stronger player in broad based sensor solutions for IoT, automotive and ICT by accelerating the sensor product roadmap to offer innovative next generation products and platforms. In addition, sensor fusion, the combination of various sensor technologies and software creates products with enhanced value solutions for customers across multiple fields.

In recent years InvenSense's portfolio has expanded with additional solutions for inertial, environmental, microphone, and ultrasonic sensors. InvenSense's 'fabless' manufacturing model enables development of high-performance and cost effective products via its CMOS-MEMS production process. Enhanced by its value-added software solutions, InvenSense has expanded rapidly to become a worldwide strong player in sensors for consumer devices including smartphones, drones, wearables, gaming, inertial navigation, and both optical and electronic image stabilisation for cameras. Looking ahead, growth avenues beyond mobile include large addressable opportunities in the fields of IoT, automotive, and industrial, driven by increasing consumer demand of indoor navigation, Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).

The acquisition will enable TDK to combine InvenSense's advanced suite of sensor and software platforms with its wide-ranging portfolio of magnetic, pressure, temperature, and microphone sensors. In addition, sensor fusion, combining various types of technologies and product line-up, creates products with high added value. Sensor fusion combines multiple sensors and software solutions that enables TDK to expand its business in the three key areas and further strengthening of its position as a global player in the sensor business, which is one of TDK's strategic growth products.

In January 2016, TDK established a joint venture with Qualcomm Incorporated, called RF360 Holdings Singapore, and has also entered into agreements to expand technical cooperation in a wide range of fields including passive components, batteries, wireless power transfer, sensors, MEMS and various other next-gen technologies for mobile communications, IoT, and automotive. This joint venture presents an exciting opportunity for InvenSense to expand its customer base in ICT (Information and Communications Technology), IoT and automotive areas while enabling InvenSense to provide sensor solutions with increased synergies.

As the fields of ICT, automotive and industrial experiences growing demand for sensors, TDK, together with InvenSense, expect to provide products and sensor expertise across sales channels and a global customer base that TDK and InvenSense have each cultivated over several years. TDK and InvenSense are resolved to exhibit the same level of commitment to providing customers with quality, expert solutions and customer service as a combined company.

Shigenao Ishiguro, President and CEO, TDK, made the following statement regarding the acquisition:

"TDK's sensor business, one of its strategic growth areas, can be strengthened by merging TDK's portfolio of magnetic sensor technologies (where its strength lies) and its wide range of sensor products with InvenSense's expanding sensor technology. This acquisition is a fundamental element in TDK's strategy to provide unique and high-value-added products and services in IoT. We aim to become a strong player in the sensor business with InvenSense as our perfect partner."

Behrooz Abdi, President and CEO, InvenSense, made the following comment:

"This is an exciting day for InvenSense as our proposed acquisition by TDK represents what we view as a compelling win for InvenSense's shareholders, customers and employees. TDK understands the value of InvenSense's suite of sensor and software platforms. This merger is the culmination of years of innovation and execution by our world-class employees. Together with TDK, we see a bright future that leverages our commitment to innovation with TDK's scale, significant partner relationships and distribution channel. Our strategic goals are aligned, and we are confident that together with TDK we will accelerate our roadmap to provide next-generation sensor technologies in key fields for the world's most innovative companies."

In connection with the acquisition, BofA Merrill Lynch is acting as TDK's exclusive financial advisor and Jones Day is acting as legal counsel to TDK. Qatalyst Partners is acting as exclusive financial advisor and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP is acting as legal counsel to InvenSense.


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