Golden Gate Capital completes the acquisition of German Wireline Communications business, Lantiq, from Infineon AG
Neubiberg, Germany (November 6, 2009) – Infineon Technologies AG (FSE: IFX / OTCQX: IFNNY) and Lantiq today announced the closing of the sale of Infineon’s Wireline business to Lantiq, an affiliate of the U.S. based investor Golden Gate Capital.
“We are very pleased that we successfully finalized this transaction with Golden Gate Capital. I am glad to see our former WLC division well prepared and supported to take a leadership position in its core market. As Infineon, we actively assist a smooth transition process for our joint customers and partners from Infineon to Lantiq”, said Peter Bauer, CEO of Infineon Technologies. “This transaction is a positive example for our efforts to stronger focus our R&D investments in our lead business segments. Infineon will continue to drive its leading technological position in the three key sectors energy efficiency, communications and security.”
The new company, Lantiq, is a fabless semiconductor company with over 20 years of experience in Wireline communication and a strong technical foundation with over 800 patent families. Lantiq will continue to drive innovation for the Next-Generation Access and Home Networks.
“It is an exciting day and an important milestone for Lantiq. We are looking forward to developing our market presence further and serving our customers even better by enhancing our product portfolio“, said Christian Wolff, CEO of Lantiq. “Lantiq’s recently announced first acquisition in the Home Networking segment shows our focus and commitment to the wireline communication market.”
The sale of Infineon WLC to Golden Gate Capital was announced in July this year. The final purchase price will amount to approximately EUR 243 Million resulting from customary adjustments in the asset purchase agreement with Golden Gate Capital. Infineon is expected to record a book gain of more than Euro 100 Million as a result of this transaction in the first quarter of its fiscal year ending September 30, 2010.
Lantiq is a market leader in the broadband access market and has approximately 900 employees around the globe. It is among the world’s Top 15 fabless semiconductor companies and fifth largest among the companies headquartered in Europe.
Lantiq offers a broad and innovative product portfolio for Next Generation Networks and the Digital Home. The company employs about 900 people in Europe, North America and the Asia Pacific region. Headquartered in Neubiberg, Germany, Lantiq specializes on broadband communications, encompassing analog, digital and mixed-signal ICs along with comprehensive software suites. Lantiq is a fabless company, and its semiconductor solutions are deployed by major carriers and in home networks in every region of the world. For more information, visit www.lantiq.com.
Infineon Technologies AG, Neubiberg, Germany, offers semiconductor and system solutions addressing three central challenges to modern society: energy efficiency, communications, and security. In the 2008 fiscal year (ending September), the company reported sales of Euro 4.3 billion with approximately 29,100 employees worldwide in continuing operations. With a global presence, Infineon operates through its subsidiaries in the U.S. from Milpitas, CA, in the Asia-Pacific region from Singapore, and in Japan from Tokyo. Infineon is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (ticker symbol:IFX) and in the USA on the over-the-counter market OTCQX International Premier For more information, visit www.infineon.com.
About Golden Gate Capital
Golden Gate Capital, headquartered in San Francisco, is a global private equity investment firm with approximately $8.0 billion of capital under management. Our investors include leading educational endowments, non-profit foundations, and selected financial institutions, entrepreneurs and managers. The firm’s charter is to invest in change-intensive and growth-oriented situations where there is a demonstrable opportunity to significantly enhance a company’s value. The Principals of Golden Gate Capital have completed approximately 140 such transactions aggregating to over $19 billion in enterprise value across all major sectors of the economy. Golden Gate Capital’s philosophy of building value over the long term affords our portfolio management teams the flexibility to pursue value creation opportunities without regard for artificial timing constraints such as pre-set hold periods. For more information, visit www.goldengatecap.com.