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GlobalWafers acquires 70% stake in German firm Siltronic AG

2021-03-06  English News
Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons
圖說 : Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

Taipei, March 4 (CNA) Taiwan's GlobalWafers Co. said Thursday that it had acquired a 70.27 percent share of German competitor Siltronic AG, in a public bid that ended four days ago.

With the acquisition of a controlling stake in Siltronic AG, the Taiwanese company is set to become the world's second-largest silicon wafer supplier.

Last month, GlobalWafers secured more than 50 percent of Siltronic shares with an offer of 4.35 billion euros (US$5.2 billion) in a public tender that was due to end on Feb. 10, but the acceptance period was extended to March 1.

In a statement on Thursday, The Hsinchu-based company said shareholders representing 70.27 percent of Siltronic equity had ultimately accepted the offer, and it would now begin seeking regulatory approval for the deal, ahead of a planned settlement date in the second half of the year.

GlobalWafers Chairwoman and CEO Doris Hsu (徐秀蘭) said the acquisition was a milestone in the company's history and would allow for expanded production and more diverse product lines to better serve its global customer base.

With the acquisition, the company said, it expects to nearly double its production capacity and increase revenues by 75 percent.

The tender period, which began last December, was far from smooth sailing for GlobalWafers, as it hiked its bid for Siltronic's outstanding shares to 145 euros per share, up from its original offer of 125 euros, and cut its minimum tender condition from 65 percent to 50 percent of total shares.

GlobalWafers' projected market share of 26.7 percent in the wake of the acquisition would make it the second-largest wafer manufacturer in the world, overtaking SUMCO Corp. of Japan, which holds a 21.9 percent share.

Japan's Shin-Etsu Chemical Co. is currently the largest silicon wafer manufacturer in the world, with a global market share of 29.4 percent.

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