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ATIC buys Chartered Semiconductor

Posted on Monday, September 07 2009 @ 15:03:25 CEST by

Abu Dhabi state-owned investment vehicle ATIC announced it will acquire Chartered Semiconductor in a deal worth US$3.9 billion. ATIC already has a majority stake in GlobalFoundries, the semiconductor foundry that consists of AMD's former manufacturing arm. Chartered will be the sole owner of Chartered, and GlobalFoundries CEO Doug Grose will serve as CEO of the combined operations. While it doesn't look like the foundries will be merged into one entity, the press release does reveal that both foundries will be able to draw on each other's strengths. Here's a snip from the press release with more info about the deal:
The proposed acquisition will be effected by way of a scheme of arrangement under section 210 of the Companies Act of Singapore, subject to the approval of Chartered shareholders and the sanction of the High Court of Singapore. The transaction is expected to close during the fourth quarter of 2009. Completion of the transaction will be subject to customary conditions, such as regulatory and shareholder approvals. Details can be found in the joint scheme announcement that has been filed with the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited (SGX), as well as in the scheme document to be sent to Chartered shareholders.

Under this scheme of arrangement, each Chartered ordinary share will be acquired by ATIC for a cash consideration of S$2.68 per share. The transaction represents an equity value of approximately S$2.5 billion (US$1.8 billion) and a total value of approximately S$5.6 billion (US$3.9 billion), including debt and convertible redeemable preference shares of approximately S$3.1 billion (US$2.2 billion) as of June 30, 2009. The price represents a premium of 14.2 percent to its 30 trading-day volume weighted average price, 26.8 percent to its 90 trading-day volume weighted average price and 44.2 percent to its 6-month volume weighted average price on the SGX. The estimated amount of consideration for each American Depositary Share ("ADSs") is US$18.641. The actual amount per ADS that ADS holders will receive will depend on the applicable prevailing exchange rate, less the amount of applicable ADS depositary's fees, taxes and expenses.

ATIC is a technology investment company wholly owned by the government of Abu Dhabi. This acquisition is its second major investment in the semiconductor industry and follows the company’s March 2009 creation of GLOBALFOUNDRIES, a U.S.-headquartered, leading-edge semiconductor manufacturing company and a joint venture with AMD. The acquisition of Chartered will be made through ATIC International Investment Company LLC, a subsidiary of ATIC. Once the transaction is completed, ATIC will be the sole owner of Chartered.

The transaction will allow ATIC to build on the complementary platforms of Chartered and GLOBALFOUNDRIES, with Chartered’s customer relationships and capabilities in both 8-inch and 12-inch fabrication, and GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ advanced technology expertise, capacity profile and global footprint.

“We believe that by having access to ATIC’s long-term capital and related assets, Chartered has an opportunity to bring its skills, capabilities and leadership to the next level,” said Waleed Al Mokarrab, Chairman of ATIC. “By acquiring Chartered, ATIC is expanding its investments in the semiconductor industry which currently consist of a GLOBALFOUNDRIES leading facility in Dresden, Germany and a new, state-of-the-art facility under construction in upstate New York.”

Pending appropriate board approvals, Doug Grose, chief executive officer of GLOBALFOUNDRIES, would serve as CEO of the combined operations, with Chia Song Hwee, CEO of Chartered, serving as chief operating officer. Chia will also spearhead the integration effort.

“Chartered’s board of directors recognizes the efforts of the management team and employees on the considerable progress they have made,” said Jim Norling, chairman of the board of directors at Chartered. “Given the importance of scale and the need for substantial, continued capital investment, and having carefully assessed all strategic options available to Chartered, we believe this transaction provides Chartered shareholders the opportunity to realize their investment. In addition, it enables Chartered to accelerate its goal of becoming a leading player in the semiconductor industry. We have today appointed Deutsche Bank AG, Singapore Branch as an independent financial advisor to advise shareholders on the fairness of the offer, and we will submit the proposal for a shareholder vote.”

Morgan Stanley Asia (Singapore) Pte. and Citigroup Global Markets Singapore Pte. Ltd. serve as joint financial advisors to Chartered, and each provided a fairness opinion to the board of directors of Chartered in connection with the transaction.

Temasek Holdings, which currently owns approximately 62 percent of Chartered’s shares, also fully supports the acquisition and has signed an irrevocable undertaking to vote in support of the transaction.

“Chartered and GLOBALFOUNDRIES will be able to draw on each other’s strengths to enable the next generation of semiconductor innovation, utilizing the value of both companies and the intellectual capital of thousands of skilled employees,” said Ibrahim Ajami, CEO of ATIC. “Chartered and GLOBALFOUNDRIES are well positioned to meet the growing chip demand to come from billions of new mobile phones, cars, televisions, computers and other devices.”



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