APRIL 10, 2008 -- EMCORE Corp. (search for EMCORE) today announced a definitive agreement with Intel Corporation to acquire the enterprise and storage assets of Intel's Optical Platform Division as well as the Intel Connects Cables business (search for Intel).
EMCORE will issue 3.7 million shares of restricted stock for the acquisition, with certain adjustments based on EMCORE's stock price twelve months after the closing of the transaction. The assets include intellectual property, inventory, fixed assets, and technology relating to optical transceivers for enterprise and storage customers, as well as optical cable interconnects for high-performance computing clusters. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of this year.
EMCORE says the acquisition further enhances its presence in the optical communications market segments, especially in the areas of 10 Gigabit Ethernet and storage area network transceivers.
"Following the successful acquisition of the telecom-related assets of Intel's Optical Platform Division, this second acquisition from Intel enables EMCORE's Fiber Optics to be a significant supplier for both telecom and datacom products," contends Reuben F. Richards, executive chairman of EMCORE. "This acquisition will provide additional manufacturing efficiencies through economies of scale and vertical integration, benefiting our enterprise, storage, telecom, cable, and high-performance computing customers."
"EMCORE projects this asset will add $45 million in revenue for the next 12 months, increase gross margin from 23% to 29%, and be accretive to earnings," he continues. "The Intel Connects Cables business provides an innovative solution for high-performance computing cluster interconnect applications, using embedded parallel optical transceivers with a multimode fiber ribbon. EMCORE expects this business to have gross margins exceeding 50% and to be the fastest growing segment of the acquired assets," Richards notes.
"Customers are driving consolidation and vertical integration in the optical communications market segments," adds Doug Davis, vice president of Intel's Digital Enterprise Group and general manager of its Embedded and Communications Group. "We will work together to complete a smooth transition of these businesses, building upon the experience in the telecom optical components acquisition."
Intel says the sale of these optical-related assets will enable it to focus its investments on core communications and embedded market segments in line with its platform strategies. Intel confirms that it will continue its efforts on the universal serial bus 3.0 specification, which is slated to support optical, and silicon photonics research and development.