Thursday, April 7, 2011

Gennum Acquires Nanotech Semiconductor

Burlington, Ontario and Bristol, United Kingdom – April 6, 2011 – Gennum Corporation (TSX: GND) announced today it has acquired Nanotech Semiconductor Limited, a leading fabless IC company specializing in advanced CMOS mixed-signal ICs for fiber optic communications. This acquisition, pursuant to which Gennum paid USD$34 million in cash and agreed to an earn-out as described below, further strengthens Gennum's growth strategy in the optical transceiver IC market by adding state-of-the-art CMOS products and technology for high volume applications such as Ethernet, PON, telecom and consumer optics.

The transaction is expected to result in a number of benefits, including the following:

  • Increased market presence in an expanded, US$1.3 billion addressable market
  • A strongly positioned business with a highly differentiated optical transceiver IC portfolio, spanning the entire optical speed range from 100Mb/s to 100Gb/s
  • Strengthened optical transceiver IC market position for telecom, Ethernet, PON and consumer optics applications
  • State of the art CMOS technology to deliver groundbreaking low cost optical IC products
  • Addresses customers' need to consolidate the supply chain and provide a convenient one-stop-shop for optical transceiver ICs at all data rates
  • Increased revenues, with Nanotech's revenues for the year ended December 31, 2010 being approximately US$7.4 million and current revenues being approximately US$1.0 million per month

"Through this acquisition, Gennum has significantly strengthened our mixed-signal and optical product portfolio and added critical CMOS technology capability enabling our company to address a broader range of high growth networking markets such as Fiber to the Home, Ethernet and consumer optics," said Dr. Franz Fink, President and Chief Executive Officer of Gennum. "We have listened to our customers' needs to simplify the supply chain and can now provide them with one of the most complete optical transceiver ICs portfolios spanning all data rates. Indeed, we believe the Nanotech portfolio coupled with Gennum's high speed mixed signal and optical portfolio will increase our ability to provide more, high value products resulting in increased growth opportunities for Gennum."

"We are excited to join Gennum and create one of the industry's most compelling optical IC transceiver portfolios," said Gary Steele, Founder, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Nanotech. "By integrating our recognized expertise in low cost, high performance CMOS based optical products and technologies and talented employees with Gennum's high speed optical products and global organization, customers will gain access to a uniquely comprehensive portfolio and product roadmap."

Expansion of Optical Transceiver Portfolio to Accelerate Growth Strategy

Gennum expects the combined portfolio will deliver highly differentiated optical products that capture a greater portion of the silicon content in applications such as telecommunications, networking, fiber to the home, and consumer connectivity.

The Nanotech portfolio includes industry-leading CMOS based optical ICs. These products span the following optical markets:
  • OC-3, OC-12, Gigabit Ethernet based telecommunications applications
  • GEPON, GPON for fiber to the home applications
  • Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet based networking applications
  • Firewire, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI for consumer applications
Transaction Summary Under the transaction, Gennum acquired all of the outstanding shares of Nanotech at a purchase price of US$34 million plus an amount of up to US$6 million payable under an earn-out for the achievement by Nanotech of revenue targets over the next 12 months between US$10 million and US$14 million. Based on information provided by Nanotech, Gennum expects that the transaction will be accretive on a non-GAAP* basis and approximately neutral to its GAAP earnings in the fiscal year ending November 30, 2011. Gennum expects the transaction to be accretive to its GAAP earnings in fiscal 2012.

About Gennum
Gennum Corporation (TSX: GND) designs innovative semiconductor solutions and intellectual property (IP) cores to serve the rising global demand for high-speed data transmission products in the broadcast, networking, storage and telecommunications markets. Gennum offers proven optical, analog and mixed-signal solutions with uncompromising signal integrity to support standards such as high-definition (HD) video, Fibre Channel, InfiniBand®, Ethernet, SONET and PCI Express®. The company is headquartered in Burlington, Canada, and has global design, research and development and sales offices in Canada, Mexico, Japan, Germany, United States, India and the United Kingdom.

About Nanotech
Based in the United Kingdom, Nanotech is a fabless chip company, focused on analog and mixed-signal ICs principally for fiber-optics based communications.