Merger of Tower Semiconductor and Intel

Apr 26, 2022 - 18:17
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Merger of Tower Semiconductor and Intel

Intel announced the acquisition of Tower Semiconductor for 5.4 billion dollars (53 dollars per share) in mid-February, but it wasn't until today that Tower's shareholders approved the transaction, which implies that Tower would become a completely owned subsidiary of Intel.

"Tower's specialized technology portfolio, geographic reach, deep customer relationships, and service operations will help expand Intel's foundry services and advance our goal of becoming the world's leading provider of foundry capacity," said Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger in a statement announcing the acquisition.

"In an era of record semiconductor demand, this agreement will enable Intel to offer a compelling range of cutting-edge production techniques and differentiated specialist technologies across mature nodes, unlocking new opportunities for current and future customers."

Tower Semiconductor Ltd., a leading analog semiconductor solutions foundry, is pleased to announce that certain proposals relating to the Arrangement were approved at its extraordinary general meeting (the "EGM") of shareholders held on April 25, 2022. and Plan of Merger, dated February 15, 2022, by and between Tower Semiconductor Ltd. ("Tower") and other parties thereof (the "Merger Agreement").

("Tower"), Intel Corporation ("Intel"), and the other parties to the Merger Agreement (the "Merger"), pursuant to which Tower would become a fully owned subsidiary of Intel (the "Merger"), were authorized.

At the General Shareholders' Meeting, Tower shareholders approved, by the required majority vote, the acquisition of Tower by Intel, including the approval of:

  • The Merger Agreement
  • The Merger itself, under the terms and conditions established in the Merger Agreement;
  • The consideration that Tower shareholders will receive in the Merger, consisting of US$53.00 in cash, without interest and less applicable withholding taxes, for each ordinary share, with a nominal value of NIS 15.00 per share, of Tower that they own immediately before the effective moment of the Merger
  • All other transactions and arrangements contemplated in the Merger Agreement

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