Spreadtrum agrees to $1.5B buyout from Tsinghua

AP News
Posted: Jul 12, 2013 7:00 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — Smartphone chip maker Spreadtrum Communications Inc. has agreed to be acquired by China's Tsinghua Holdings Co. for approximately $1.5 billion.

Spreadtrum is also based in Shanghai. Tsinghua is a state-owned corporation funded by China's Tsinghua University.

Tsinghua Unigroup Ltd., a subsidiary of Tsinghua Holdings, will pay $31 per American depositary share. This is a 17 percent premium to Spreadtrum's Thursday closing price of $26.45.

The offer is higher than the preliminary bid of $28.50 per ADS that Spreadtrum said it received from Tsinghua last month.

The companies put the deal's value at about $1.78 billion.

Spreadtrum currently has about 48.5 million outstanding shares, according to FactSet.

The buyout still needs approval from Spreadtrum's shareholders, as well as antitrust and other regulatory approvals. The company's board unanimously approved the deal, which is not subject to a financing condition.

Spreadtrum had about $720 million in annual revenue as of last year.