NXP Semiconductors N.V. today announced an agreement to divest its Standard Products business to a consortium of financial investors consisting of Beijing Jianguang Asset Management Co., Ltd (JAC Capital) and Wise Road Capital LTD (Wise Road Capital).
Under the terms of the agreement the consortium will pay approximately $2.75 billion for the business.
NXP expects the transaction to close in the first quarter of 2017, pending all required regulatory approvals and employee representative consultations.
The NXP Standard Products business is a supplier of Discrete, Logic and PowerMOS semiconductors focused on the Automotive, Industrial, Computing, Consumer, and Wearable application markets. At the close of the transaction, the NXP Standard Products business will be branded Nexperia, which will be headquartered in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. For fiscal 2015, the NXP Standard Products business had annual revenue of $1.2 billion.
"This transaction is a positive accomplishment for all parties involved. It enables NXP to continue to focus on its High-Performance Mixed Signal business, furthering our Secure Connections for a Smarter World strategy," said Rick Clemmer, NXP Chief Executive Officer. "We believe the creation of Nexperia benefits our customers, as JAC Capital and Wise Road Capital will focus on global investments to enhance and support the future growth of the business."
Under the agreement, the entire scope of the NXP Standard Products business, including its management team, led by Frans Scheper, and approximately 11 thousand NXP employees will be transferred to Nexperia. Nexperia will be an independent company incorporated in the Netherlands, and will be fully owned by JAC Capital and Wise Road Capital upon the close of the transaction. Additionally, NXP’s Standard Product front end wafer fabs in Manchester, UK, and Hamburg, Germany, and the back-end facilities in Guangdong, China, Seremban, Malaysia, and Cabuyao, Philippines, will be transferred to Nexperia, as well as the in-house equipment manufacturer ITEC and all relevant patents and intellectual property associated with the Standard Products business.