Ruminations on the electronics industry from David Manners, Senior Components Editor on Electronics Weekly.
Soaring Semi Stocks Prompt M&A Speculation
Soaring semiconductor stock valuations led by Intel with the SOX nudging 640 are leading to speculation that an intensive period of semiconductor M&A is on the way.
The expectation is that US companies with cash balances abroad will use them to reverse into foreign chip companies which will allow them to repatriate the cash and incur lower tax rates than they pay in the USA.
This, of course, was the motivation for the recent, aborted, bid by Pfizer for AstraZeneca.
There’s even a name for this kind of deal – ‘tax inversion’.
There ‘s the usual tripe about ARM being a target. Hopeful talk that NXP is a target. Flaky talk that MediaTek is a target.
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