Infineon To Acquire Taiwanese Chip Designer ADMtek - First Acquisition in Asia Strengthens Infineon´s Communications Business
Combining ADMTeks expertise in CPE products with Infineon's strong position and expertise in the central office, along with the complementary customer-base of both companies, will further strengthen Infineons leading position in the fast-growing, broadband access market segment. The company will be able to offer its customers a complete IC solution package for feature-rich, multimedia home gateways that support high-speed wireline and wireless advanced services. The acquisition will fuel Infineons activities in the access segment of the Wireline Communications business group by allowing the company to reach a broader market and to generate new business in key segments such as ADSL and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).
As part of the transaction, Infineon has also signed a supply agreement to provide products to Accton Technology Corporation and its affiliate companies for broadband CPE solutions, creating a mutually beneficial, long-term partnership between the companies. Accton Technology Corporation, together with its affiliates, is presently the largest shareholder of ADMtek.
The acquisition also provides Infineon with a strong R&D center, favorable cost structure and close proximity to leading Taiwanese ODM (Original Design Manufacturing) companies that account for more than 70 percent of the broadband modem and router CPE market in the world. Based in Taiwan, Infineon-ADMtek Co. Ltd is near many of the worlds fastest growing broadband markets today such as China and Japan. This is in line with Infineons growth strategy, which includes increasing its already strong presence in Asia.
The broadband access market tops 100 million users according to recent studies. These users want advanced broadband services and delivering these services requires a single, easy-to-use and inexpensive home gateway, said Thomas Seifert, CEO of Infineon's Wireline Communications business group. Thanks to this acquisition Infineon can provide its growing customer base fully functioning, end-to-end broadband access technologies including central office and CPE products. We are now well-positioned to be the leading provider of multimedia gateway solutions to the systems companies that serve this market.
ADMteks CEO Tony Chang said, We are excited by the opportunity to join forces with Infineon, a global leader in broadband communication. Our team of experienced engineers is already looking forward to cooperating with our new colleagues around the world. Together we will take Infineon-ADMtek to the next level, reinforcing our position as a major force in the broadband CPE market.
The acquisition, which will be structured as a statutory merger under Taiwan law, is expected to be completed in April 2004, and is subject to approval by the shareholders of ADMtek, as well as to various government approvals, including the competent antitrust authorities.
Within the access market, xDSL is arguably the most attractive segment regarding size and growth. Sales of xDSL products are expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12 per cent from 2003 to 2007 and to reach annual sales of approximately US-dollar 1.2 billion by 2007 (Source: iSuppli). Sales of ADSL chipsets are expected to remain the largest subsegment over this period. The CPE sector of xDSL will represent roughly two thirds of the available xDSL market in 2007.The replacement of traditional voice equipment by data equipment in the next upgrade cycle is expected to boost demand for xDSL even beyond 2007. Considering the number of installed copper lines - about 1.5 billion copper lines are said to be dug into ground worldwide - and internet users there is an enormous long-term potential for DSL.
About ADMtekADMtek has been founded in 1997 and is a fabless integrated circuits (IC) design company specialized in networking and communication with a broad customer portfolio including key ODMs and OEMs particularly in Asia. It is headquartered in Hsinchu Science-Based Industrial Park, the "Silicon Valley" of Taiwan. The company has approximately 175 employees, most of them in R&D. In calendar year 2003, the unaudited revenues of ADMtek were approximately US-dollar 43.2 million and US-dollar 12.4 million in the fourth quarter of the same year.
About AcctonAccton Technology Corporation, established in 1988, also headquartered in Hsinchu, Taiwan, provides a variety of Ethernet, Fast Ethernet and Gigabit advanced communication products including hubs, switches, Internet Access Device and Wireless solutions. The company has more than 2,000 employees and around 1,000 engineers worldwide generating revenues of US-dollar 476 million in fiscal year 2002 (ending December). Accton is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (ticker symbol: 2345.TW) Further information is available at www.accton.com.
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