IDT to Buy PLX Technology to Boost Data Center Interconnects Portfolio

IDT to Acquire PLX Technology for $330 Million

by Anton Shilov
04/30/2012 | 09:45 PM

Integrated Device Technology and PLX Technology on Monday announced that they have signed a definitive agreement pursuant to which IDT will acquire PLX for a total value of approximately $330 million. IDT hopes to broaden its portfolio of data center interconnects, which are gaining importance in the era of cloud computing, and will also get various switches, bridges, controllers and other products widely used across the industry.


"The proposed acquisition of PLX Technology represents an exciting expansion of IDT’s core serial switching and interface business. Our two companies have complementary product sets, technologies and customer bases, and we share a focus on delivering the highest-performance system-level interconnect solutions for data centers and other applications. IDT and its shareholders will benefit from the top-line contribution of our enhanced product portfolio as well as the increased profitability provided through the added scale and expanded operating margin. This transaction is aligned with our long-term strategy of expanding our core businesses through organic growth and acquisitions," said Ted Tewksbury, president and chief executive officer at IDT.

Under the terms of the agreement, unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies, IDT will acquire all of the outstanding shares of PLX common stock pursuant to an exchange offer, followed by a second step merger. In the acquisition, PLX stockholders will receive $3.50 in cash and 0.525 shares of IDT common stock for each PLX common share outstanding. Based on IDT’s closing stock price on April 27, 2012, the transaction is valued at approximately $7.00 per PLX share and results in a total transaction value of approximately $330 million.

As a result of the combination, IDT anticipates it will achieve total run-rate cost synergies, excluding transaction related charges, in excess of $35 million by fiscal year 2014. IDT currently projects the transaction to be accretive to non-GAAP earnings by the third fiscal quarter of 2013 with more significant accretion by fiscal year 2014.