Avnet, Inc. Closes Tender Offer for Unidux, Inc.
PHOENIX, Jul 19, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT) announced today that, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Avnet EM Holdings (Japan) Godo Kaisha, it has closed the tender offer bid for Unidux, Inc. (TSE: 9897). About 94.6 percent of the shares of Unidux's common stock were validly tendered, well above the 67 percent threshold set out in the offer document as a condition for Avnet to accept the tendered shares. Shareholders of Unidux who validly tendered their shares will receive ¥720 per share, which equates to an aggregate equity value of ¥12.9 billion (approximately $146 million). Avnet expects to complete the acquisition of the other 5.4 percent of the outstanding shares and the delisting of Unidux from the Tokyo Stock Exchange before the end of calendar 2010. Established in 1972, Unidux is an electronics components distributor primarily serving Japanese original equipment manufacturers (OEM). This acquisition is expected to be immediately accretive to earnings and achieve Avnet's return on capital goal of 12.5% within three years.
"Completing this acquisition with the support of such a high percentage of shareholders represents an endorsement of Avnet's strategy to expand through acquisitions in what represents a large and relatively unconsolidated market for electronic components," said Tom McCartney, president and representative director, Avnet Electronics Marketing Holdings Japan. "The addition of Unidux to Avnet Electronics Marketing Japan significantly increases our scale and scope by tripling our business in the region. The addition of their relationships with prominent Japanese customers and suppliers strengthens our position in this strategic market."
With operations in Japan, Hong Kong, the People's Republic of China and ASEAN countries, Unidux distributes active and passive components from leading suppliers including Intel, Micron, OKI, Aptina and Littlefuse. With approximately 275 employees, Unidux provides sales, design, support and services to a wide range of OEM customers, including Fujitsu, Panasonic, Sharp and Toshiba. For calendar year 2009, Unidux generated revenue of approximately US$370 million.
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About Avnet Electronics Marketing
Avnet Electronics Marketing is an operating group of Phoenix-based Avnet, Inc. that serves electronic original equipment manufacturers (EOEMs) and electronic manufacturing services (EMS) providers in more than 70 countries, distributing electronic components from leading manufacturers and providing associated design-chain and supply-chain services. The group's Website is located at www.em.avnet.com.
Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT) is one of the largest distributors of electronic components, computer products and embedded technology serving customers in more than 70 countries worldwide. Avnet accelerates its partners' success by connecting the world's leading technology suppliers with a broad base of more than 100,000 customers by providing cost-effective, value-added services and solutions. For the fiscal year ended June 27, 2009, Avnet generated revenue of US $16.23 billion. For more information, visit www.avnet.com. (AVT_IR)
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