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ON Semiconductor Closes Buyout of Quantenna in All Cash Deal

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ON Semiconductor Corporation (ON - Free Report) has completed the acquisition of Quantenna Communications, Inc. The deal was announced on Mar 27, 2019, for a cash consideration of $24.50 per share. The transaction is anticipated to strengthen the acquirer’s connectivity portfolio.

Post-acquisition, Quantenna will be incorporated into ON Semiconductor’s Analog Solutions Group and will be led by Vince Hopkin. We believe the buyout will be accretive to the company and will add to its growth.

Details of Acquisition

The company expects the acquisition to be accretive to non-GAAP earnings, free cash flow, book value per share and amortization of acquired intangibles.

From the standpoint of Keith Jackson, president and CEO of ON Semiconductor, the buyout is expected to add substantial value to the company’s operations and build a platform for low-power connectivity in industrial and automotive applications. With Quantenna’s Wi-Fi technologies and software expertise, ON Semiconductor will strengthen its foothold further in industrial and automotive markets.

From Quantenna’s point of view, “As part of ON Semiconductor, Quantenna will benefit from a world-class organization in our commitment to providing the best end user experience for our customers.”

Acquisitions: A Key Catalyst

ON Semiconductor has always been active on the acquisition front. In the recent past, the company acquired Cypress Semiconductor’s CMOS Image Sensor Business Unit, SANYO Semiconductor, AMI Semiconductor, Analog Devices’ power PC controller business, CMD, Catalyst and SoundDesign.

Further, the company’s acquisition of Fairchild Semiconductor International makes it a leader in the power semiconductor space. The deal will help the company diversify across many markets, with a planned focus on smartphone, automotive and industrial end markets.

Balance Sheet Details

As on Mar 29, 2019, ON Semiconductor had cash and cash equivalents of approximately $939.6 million, down from $1.070 billion reported in the previous quarter.

During the last reported quarter, cash from operations came in at $138.2 million compared with the previous quarter’s figure of $421 million.

To Conclude

During the last reported quarter, the automotive (34% of revenues) end-market revenues were approximately $465 million, up 4% year over year.

Further, the company is focused on investing in growth areas such as ADAS and wireless charging in the automotive business to broaden exposure. This will further enhance performance and help the company deliver strong results.

The product launches in the automotive end market for next generation automobile designs along with the existing product portfolio will increase revenues for the business quarter over quarter.

Zacks Rank and Stocks to Consider

Currently, ON Semiconductor carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

Some better-ranked stocks in the broader technology sector are Match Group, Inc. (MTCH - Free Report) , Silicon Motion Technology Corporation (SIMO - Free Report) and Autohome Inc. (ATHM - Free Report) , all flaunting a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Match Group, Silicon Motion and Autohome have a long-term earnings growth rate of 15.2%, 5% and 20.9%, respectively.

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