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Fairchild Semiconductor May See M&A Bidding War, Credit Suisse Says

  • Shares of Fairchild Semiconductor Intl Inc (NASDAQ: FCS) have appreciated 36.91 percent over the past three months, from a low of $12.66 on August 25.
  • John W. Pitzer of Credit Suisse has upgraded the rating on the company from Underperform to Neutral, while raising the price target from $16 to $20.
  • ON Semiconductor Corp (NASDAQ: ON) announced on November 18 that it intended to acquire Fairchild Semiconductor through an all cash deal at $20 per share.

Analyst John Pitzer mentioned that the offer represented a 12 percent premium on Fairchild Semiconductor’s closing price on November 17 and a 30 percent premium to the 30-day moving average.

Pitzer elaborated that the deal “(1) will be financed with cash on hand from the combined enterprise and $2.4bn in new debt and (2) is expected to close in C2Q16.”

The deal is expected to be immediately accretive to ON Semiconductor’s non-GAAP EPS and free cash flow. In addition, ON Semiconductor expects synergies at an annual run rate of $150 million, 18 months from the closing of the acquisition.

According to the Credit Suisse report, “”From a strategic perspective, the combined entity becomes a leader in power management and the 10th largest non-memory Semi company worldwide with annual Rev of ~$4.9bn.”

The combined entity will offer the entire range of voltage products. However, Pitzer emphasized that the deal was defensive in nature, while also being a departure from “ON's previous focus on cash returns and tuck-in acquisitions – though it believes the acquisition will strengthen cash flow in the longterm.”

"While customer profiles are similar for the two companies, product portfolios are complementary, offering opportunities for potential Rev synergies – ON noted that both companies have complementary product portfolios and serve similar end-markets, customers, and geographies,” the report added.

Latest Ratings for FCS

Mar 2016JP MorganAssumesNeutral
Jan 2016Credit SuisseMaintainsNeutral
Nov 2015SusquehannaDowngradesPositiveNeutral

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