Dialog Semiconductor to Acquire Adesto Technologies, Broadening Presence in the Industrial Internet of Things Market (IIoT)

Adds differentiated cloud-connected solutions driving Industry 4.0 adoption

Diversifies customer base adding industrial sales channel

Expects to be EPS accretive in the first calendar year after close

Annual cost synergies of approximately $20 million expected, in addition to considerable revenue synergies

LONDON, Feb. 20, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Dialog Semiconductor plc ( XETRA:DLG), a leading provider of power management, charging, AC/DC power conversion, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® low energy technology, and Adesto Technologies Corporation (“Adesto”) ( NASDAQ:IOTS), a leading provider of innovative custom integrated circuits (ICs) and embedded systems for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) market, today announced they have signed a definitive agreement for Dialog to acquire all outstanding shares of Adesto.

Adesto accelerates Dialog’s expansion into the growing IIoT market that enables smart buildings and industrial automation (Industry 4.0), seamlessly driving cloud connectivity. Headquartered in Santa Clara, California, Adesto has approximately 270 employees and an established portfolio of industrial solutions for smart building automation that fully complements Dialog’s manufacturing automation products. Adesto’s solutions are sold across the industrial, consumer, medical, and communications markets. 

“This acquisition substantially enhances our position in the Industrial IoT market,” said Jalal Bagherli, CEO of Dialog. “Adesto’s established strength in connectivity solutions and highly optimized products for building and industrial automation perfectly complements and adds scale to our Industrial IoT portfolio from the recently acquired Creative Chips. Adesto’s deep customer relationships, comprehensive system expertise, and proprietary technology will deliver enhanced value for Dialog customers.”

“Together with Dialog, we are positioned to create unique Industrial IoT solutions through the integration of our best-in-class technologies for today’s increasingly connected world,” added Adesto’s CEO, Narbeh Derhacobian. “We are extremely pleased to join Dialog to bring more value to our combined customer base.”

Benefits of Transaction

Bringing Dialog and Adesto together creates a complementary product portfolio for servicing a broad customer base in growth segments of the industrial market and enables cross-selling.

The combination:

  • Scales Dialog’s IIoT sector capabilities by combining industrial connectivity, smart metering and building automation solutions, and access to more than 5,000 customers, the majority of which are new for Dialog
  • Complements Adesto’s industrial wired connectivity portfolio with Dialog’s wireless portfolio (BLE, Wi-Fi) for smart building and industrial applications. Cloud-connectivity adds further differentiation to Dialog’s existing Industrial solutions 
  • Enables full system solutions for wearables, hearables, and other IoT applications by combining Adesto’s low-power specialty memory products with Dialog’s BLE & Wi-Fi connectivity and True Wireless Stereo (TWS) Audio ICs
  • Unlocks future growth in the Automotive market by qualifying Adesto’s specialty memory products by leveraging Dialog’s established Automotive production and test flow. Additionally, these products address the emerging, fast-growing Artificial Intelligence (AI) segment
  • Adds engineering and design scale to expand Dialog’s existing custom IC business making Dialog one of the largest custom analog mixed-signal semiconductor providers

Transaction Structure and Terms

Dialog will acquire Adesto for $12.55 per share in cash, or for approximately $500 million enterprise value. The deal will be funded from Dialog’s balance sheet.

The transaction is expected to be EPS accretive1 for Dialog within the first calendar year following close. Dialog expects annual cost synergies of approximately $20 million within the first calendar year of close across the combined company. Dialog also anticipates considerable additional revenue synergies given the complementary nature of the product portfolios and technology. Adesto expects to report FY 2019 revenue of approximately $118 million and continued revenue growth is anticipated over the next few years.

The transaction is subject to certain regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the third quarter of 2020.

The Board of Directors of Adesto has unanimously approved the transaction and recommends that Adesto stockholders vote in favor of the transaction, and directors and executive officers of Adesto have agreed to vote their shares in favor of the transaction.

Hogan Lovells is serving as Dialog’s legal counsel, while BMO Capital Markets is serving as financial advisor. Fenwick & West LLP is serving as legal counsel for Adesto, with Cowen & Company, LLC serving as financial advisor.

Conference Call Information:

Dialog will host a conference call on Thursday, February 20 at 10:00 a.m. CET / 9:00 a.m. UK. A link to the webcast is available at https://webcast.openbriefing.com/dialog-feb2020/.

Participants can pre-register at www.incommuk.com/customers/dialogsemiconductorcall to receive access details via email. Additionally, conference call information is below.

Germany (Local): 0322 2109 8334 
United Kingdom: 0800 640 6441
United Kingdom (Local): 020 3936 2999 
United States: 1 855 979 6654 
United States (Local): 1 646 664 1960 
All other locations: +44 20 3936 2999
Access code: 863503 (Participants will be greeted by an operator who will register their details.)

NOTES

For further information, please contact the following representatives.
           

Dialog Investor Relations Contacts:  Dialog Media Contact:
 

Jose Cano
Head of Investor Relations
Dialog Semiconductor 
Phone: +44 (0)1793 756 961
Email Contact

 

UK – Matt Dixon
FTI Consulting London
Phone: +44 (0)2037 271 137
Email Contact

 

Germany – Anja Meusel
FTI Consulting Frankfurt
Phone: +49 (0)69 9203 7120
Email Contact

 

US – Antonia Gray
FTI Consulting New York
Phone: +1 (212) 850-5663
Email Contact
 

Mark Tyndall
SVP Corporate Development & Strategy
Dialog Semiconductor
Phone: +1 (408) 845-8520
Email Contact

 

Web: www.dialog-semiconductor.com
Twitter: @DialogSemi

 


Adesto Investor Relations Contact:  Adesto Media Contact:
 

Joel W. Achramowicz
Managing Director
Shelton Group
Phone: +1 (415) 845-9964
Email Contact

 
 

Jen Bernier-Santarini
VP, Corporate Communications
Adesto Technologies
Phone: +1 (650) 336-4222
Email Contact

About Dialog Semiconductor
Dialog Semiconductor is a leading provider of integrated circuits (ICs) that powers the Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 applications. Dialog solutions are integral to some of today’s leading smartphones and the enabling element for increasing performance and productivity on the go. From making smartphones more power efficient and shortening charging times, enabling home appliances to be controlled from anywhere, to connecting the next generation of wearable devices, Dialog’s decades of experience and world-class innovation help manufacturers get to what’s next.

Dialog operates a fabless business model and is a socially responsible employer pursuing many programs to benefit the employees, community, other stakeholders and the environment it operates in. Dialog is headquartered near London with a global sales, R&D and marketing organization. In 2019, it had approximately $1.4 billion in revenue and is consistently one of the fastest growing European public semiconductor companies. It currently has approximately 2,000 employees worldwide. The company is listed on the Frankfurt (FWB: DLG) stock exchange (Regulated Market, Prime Standard, ISIN GB0059822006) and is a member of the German MDAX and TecDax indices.

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