Acquisition of Cypress Semiconductor by Infineon finally approved

April 07, 2020 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Acquisition of Cypress Semiconductor by Infineon finally approved
After a long period of uncertainty, Infineon Technologies has received all regulatory approvals necessary for the acquisition of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation. The transaction is now expected to close within the next five business days.

In early June 2019, Infineon and Cypress signed an agreement under which Infineon will acquire Cypress. The acquisition enables Infineon to offer the industry's most comprehensive portfolio for connecting the real and digital worlds. In particular, the acquisition is expected to make Infineon a leading supplier of components to become a leading supplier of system solutions for automotive, industrial and the Internet of Things (IoT). In the future, customers will benefit from a greater global presence and extended design-in support tailored to their needs.

The transaction will initially be financed through a combination of existing liquidity and a credit facility provided by banks for acquisition purposes. Infineon will use proceeds from the 2019 share placement and the issuance of a hybrid bond totaling Euro 2.7 billion. The credit facility, which is divided among 20 international banks, will be used for the additional funds required for the transaction.

The lack of approvals from the various local and regional antitrust authorities had created tension in recent months and quarters. Recently, contradictory reports regarding the attitude of the US authority CFIUS had caused considerable market uncertainty.

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