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OSRAM ADVISE SHAREHOLDERS TO ACCEPT AMS BID

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OSRAM ADVISE SHAREHOLDERS TO ACCEPT AMS BID


OE manufacturer Osram has advised shareholders to accept a deal offered by Austrian semiconductor firm AMS.

The offer of €38.50 per share is greater than an earlier offer made by P.E firms Bain Capital and Carlisle, plus Osram’s board believes that AMS’ experience with microchip development will benefit the company in the future.

READ: NEW €4bn+ BID FOR OSRAM

However, not everyone is convinced. One of Germany’s largest trade unions had already rejected the bid and in a joint reasoned statement, Osram’s board has raised concerns over where the new company will be based and be structured.

READ: OSRAM LATEST: WORKERS UNION REJECTS AMS BID

Osram recommends shareholders accept takeover bid

Taking the view that ‘The financial attractiveness of the offer was to be weighted higher than points of criticism’. Osram has recommended that the offer be accepted.  “Overall, the Management Board and the majority of the Supervisory Board regard the strategy pursued by ams as promising in many respects, particularly with regard to the further development of the Opto Semiconductors business unit. By merging with AMS, this business unit could benefit from the development of innovative sensor and photonics solutions, and the use of established customer access, among other things” the company said in a statement.

 

 

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NEW €4bn+ BID FOR OSRAM

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NEW €4bn+ BID FOR OSRAM


German lighting manufacturer Osram has announced that it is in negotiations with Austrian sensor and semiconductor firm AMS AG following a takeover offer by the latter. 

The takeover would see ams acquire all outstanding Osram shares. AMS is understood to have offered a price of 38.50 euros per Osram share, which Osram estimates is equal to around 4.3 billion euros in enterprise value. 

In a statement issued on 14th August, Osram claimed to have been in talks with AMS since the previous day and would ‘continue to do so’. Regarding acceptance of the offer, Osram said it viewed ams AG’s financing concept – which involves bridge financing of 4.2 billion euros by investment banks HSBC and UBS – as ‘viable’. 

READ: Bain Capital and Carlyle bid €4bn for Osram

“In addition to the offer price and financing concept, a stable environment is important for Osram’s further transformation into a semiconductor-based high-tech photonics company,” Osram said. “Moreover, it is greatly important to Osram’s Man-

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-aging Board that all key stakeholders are appropriately protected, in particular the company’s employees and the essential parts of the company.” 

READ: Osram completes Ring Automotive acquisition

It is the second takeover offer for Osram in as many months. Private equity firms Bain Capital and The Carlyle Group made a similar offer for the public takeover of all Osram shares – albeit for a slightly lower share price of 35 euros per shares – in early July. Under the offer – which is still ongoing – Osram said it would retain its name and rights to all patents. At the time, Olaf Berlien, CEO of Osram, said: “Bain and Carlyle are the right partners for Osram at the right time.” 

Talks are ongoing. 

 

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