by Anton Shilov
07/24/2006 | 05:34 AM
Advanced Micro Devices and ATI Technologies announced on Monday that the former would acquire the latter. The newly formed company will be able to serve the markets better and provide a full range of platform solutions, executives of the firms believe.
“ATI shares our passion and complements our strengths: technology leadership and customer centric innovation. Bringing these two great companies together will allow us to transcend what we have accomplished as individual businesses and reinvent our industry as the technology leader and partner of choice. We believe AMD and ATI will drive growth and innovation for the entire industry, enabling our partners to create differentiated solutions and empowering our customers to choose what is best for them,” said AMD chairman and chief executive Hector Ruiz.
The transaction is valued at approximately $5.4 billion. By joining forces, ATI and AMD will created a company, “determined to drive growth, innovation and choice for its customers”, particularly in the commercial and mobile computing segments and in the rapidly-growing consumer electronics market. Combining technologies, people, and complementary strengths, AMD plans to deliver in 2007 customer-centric platforms for the benefit of customers who want to collaborate in the development of differentiated solutions, it was said.
Under the terms of the transaction, AMD will acquire all of the outstanding common shares of ATI for a combination of $4.2 billion in cash and 57 million shares of AMD common stock, based on the number of shares of ATI common stock outstanding on July 21, 2006. All outstanding options and RSUs of ATI will be assumed. Based upon the closing price of AMD common stock on July 21, 2006 of $18.26 a share, the consideration for each outstanding share of ATI common stock would be $20.47, comprised of $16.40 of cash and 0.2229 shares of AMD common stock.
In 2008 and beyond, AMD aims to move beyond current technological configurations to transform processing technologies, with silicon-specific platforms that integrate microprocessors and graphics processors to address the growing need for general-purpose, media-centric, data-centric and graphic-centric performance. Thus, the combined company intends to empower its customers to create their own unique products and solutions within an open-innovation ecosystem free from artificial barriers to customer success.
The announcement puts pressure on Intel Corp., the world’s leading producer of chips.