AIXTRON SE (FSE: AIXA; NASDAQ: AIXG) (“AIXTRON”) and Grand Chip Investment GmbH (“Grand Chip Investment”), a 100% indirect subsidiary of Fujian Grand Chip Investment Fund LP (“FGC”), have today entered into an agreement to take over AIXTRON. Fujian Grand Chip Investment Fund LP is a Chinese investment fund; 51% of which is held by the Chinese business man Zhendong Liu and 49% by Xiamen Bohao Investment Ltd.
Pursuant to the agreement, Grand Chip Investment has today announced its decision to launch a voluntary public takeover offer to acquire all of the outstanding ordinary shares of AIXTRON SE, including all ordinary shares represented by AIXTRON ADS. Under the terms of the agreement, AIXTRON shareholders will be offered 6.00 Euros in cash per each ordinary share. The transaction values AIXTRON’s equity, including net cash, at approximately 670 million Euros and reflects a 50.7% premium to the three-month volume weighted average share price prior to announcement. The offer shall be subject to certain closing conditions, including regulatory approvals and a minimum acceptance threshold of 60% of all of AIXTRON’s outstanding shares.
The agreement sets out the purpose and the principal terms of the transaction with FGC and the future strategy. FGC intends to support AIXTRON’s strategy going forward. R&D competency and AIXTRON’s existing technology shall be maintained at the existing technology centers. FGC has also agreed that AIXTRON shall further strengthen its technology and IP Portfolio, which shall remain vested with AIXTRON, including in Germany. AIXTRON’s existing global set up will be maintained and expanded with AIXTRON’s three technology hubs in Herzogenrath (Germany), Cambridge (UK) and Sunnyvale (USA). Further international technology hubs may be established. AIXTRON’s legal domicile and headquarters shall remain in Herzogenrath, Germany.
In the event the takeover is successful, Martin Goetzeler is to remain CEO of AIXTRON and Dr. Bernd Schulte is to remain in his function as COO. Following a successful closing of the transaction it is anticipated that Grand Chip Investment will nominate four candidates to the six-member Supervisory Board.
AIXTRON SE is a leading provider of deposition equipment to the semiconductor industry. The Company was founded in 1983 and is headquartered in Herzogenrath (near Aachen), Germany, with subsidiaries and sales offices in Asia, United States and in Europe. AIXTRON’s technology solutions are used by a diverse range of customers worldwide to build advanced components for electronic and opto-electronic applications based on compound, silicon, or organic semiconductor materials. Such components are used in a broad range of innovative applications, technologies and industries. These include LED applications, display technologies, data storage, data transmission, energy management and conversion, communication, signaling and lighting as well as a range of other leading-edge technologies.
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