Israel’s Orbotech acquires UK’s SPTS Technologies for $370 million

The Israel-based Automated Optical Inspection equipment producer is accelerating its growth and diversification strategy.

Orbotech Ltd. (Nasdaq: ORBK) has signed a definitive share purchase agreement to acquire the UK’s SPTS Technologies Group Ltd. from European private equity firm Bridgepoint and others for $370 million. SPTS manufactures etch, deposition and thermal processing equipment for the microelectronics industry.

SPTS offers an extensive range of manufacturing solutions which set industry standards in the high growth Advanced Packaging and MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical systems) markets. Through this acquisition, Orbotech expects to accelerate the execution of its growth and diversification strategy, and is moving up the electronics value chain.

By building on SPTS’ technological and commercial leadership position, Orbotech will be able to offer best-in-class solutions for a broad range of the most demanding micro manufacturing applications. Moreover, the combination will expand Orbotech’s presence in Europe and North America and provide SPTS with a greater reach throughout the Pacific region, particularly in China.

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“Orbotech identified Advanced Packaging as a strategic and natural extension of its business into an adjacent high growth market, where SPTS is a recognized technology leader. SPTS benefits from established, long-standing partnerships with major industry players. It is a well-known and highly respected brand with deep domain expertise in those segments in which it operates.

“Acquiring SPTS allows us to accelerate the expansion into Advanced Packaging, with multiple manufacturing solutions ideally suited for this growing segment”, said Mr. Asher Levy, CEO of Orbotech Ltd. “Orbotech and SPTS are complementary in many ways. By combining the extensive know-how and core assets of both companies we will continue to enhance Orbotech’s portfolio and industry leadership while focusing our efforts on driving profitable growth.”

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Financial Information

Under the terms of the agreement, Orbotech will acquire SPTS for a total consideration (including repayment or assumption of debt) of approximately $370 million in cash. The acquisition and related costs are expected to be financed through a combination of cash on hand and approximately $300 million in debt financing under a new term loan facility. The acquisition and financing are expected to close during of the third quarter of 2014, each subject to certain closing conditions.

In 2014, under U.K. GAAP and on a standalone basis for the full year, SPTS is expected to generate revenues of approximately $180 million, gross margin of approximately 48% of its revenues, and EBITDA margin of approximately 25% of its revenues. The acquisition of SPTS is expected to be accretive to Orbotech’s non-GAAP earnings immediately after closing. After closing, SPTS’ financial statements will be converted to U.S. GAAP to be consistent with Orbotech’s financial statements.

Based on Orbotech’s and SPTS’s financial condition as of March 31, 2014, Orbotech estimates that post closing, it will have approximately $100 million of cash and cash equivalents on an adjusted basis.

In connection with the transaction, J.P. Morgan is serving as exclusive financial advisor to Orbotech and Jefferies and Ernst & Young are serving as financial advisors to SPTS.

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