MaxLinear to acquire Silicon Motion

Jessie Shen, DIGITIMES, Taipei 0


MaxLinear and Silicon Motion Technology have entered into a definitive agreement under which MaxLinear will acquire Silicon Motion in a cash and stock transaction that values the combined company at US$8 billion in enterprise value, according to the companies.

In the merger, each ADS of Silicon Motion, which represents four ordinary shares of Silicon Motion, will receive US$93.54 in cash and 0.388 shares of MaxLinear common stock, for total per ADS consideration of US$114.34 (based on MaxLinear's May 4, 2022 closing price).

Upon completion of the acquisition, the combined company will have a highly diversified technology platform with strong positions across the broadband, connectivity, infrastructure, and storage end markets. The combination of MaxLinear's RF, analog/mixed-signal, and processing capabilities with Silicon Motion's market leading NAND flash controller technology completes a total technology stack which fully captures end-to-end platform functionality and accelerates the company's expansion into enterprise, consumer, and many other adjacent growth markets. Combined revenues are expected to be more than US$2 billion annually and are supported by the technology breadth to address a total market opportunity of roughly US$15 billion, according to their joint statement.

The combined scale is expected to provide additional technology, resources, and capabilities to accelerate product innovation, improve operational efficiency and drive lower manufacturing costs. Together, MaxLinear and Silicon Motion will have expanded resources to better support the combined company's broad customer relationships with their long-term storage requirements. The transaction is expected to generate annual run-rate synergies of at least US$100 million to be realized within 18 months after the transaction closes and is expected to be immediately and materially accretive to MaxLinear's non-GAAP earnings per share and cash flow.

"Today's announcement celebrates the combination of two companies that have driven significant innovation in their respective industries for over a decade," said Kishore Seendripu, chairman and CEO of MaxLinear. "MaxLinear has demonstrated a strong track record of integration success and looks for this combination to create robust growth, impressive operating margins and significant cash flows."

"For 20 years, we have built Silicon Motion with a commitment to advancing innovation, partnering with all of our valued customers and supporting our colleagues around the world," said Wallace Kou, president and CEO of Silicon Motion.

"Combining Silicon Motion with MaxLinear creates significant economies of scale, accelerates our expansion into enterprise storage markets and unites unparalleled intellectual property to continue serving our customers with high-quality expertise and technical support," said Kou. "This transaction will deliver compelling value for shareholders, position our company to achieve our growth objectives and advance our position in high-growth storage end markets."

The transaction is not subject to any financing conditions and is expected to close by the first half of calendar 2023, pending satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including Silicon Motion shareholders' approval and regulatory approvals in various jurisdictions.