Cirrus Logic Inc. (Nasdaq:CRUS), a leading designer of high-precision analog, mixed-signal and embedded integrated circuits, announced that it has purchased all of the outstanding stock of Caretta Integrated Circuits, a fabless integrated circuit (IC) design company based in Shanghai. In connection with the acquisition, Cirrus Logic paid Caretta’s stockholders $10.5 million in cash and has agreed to pay certain employees a potential earn-out based on financial performance over the next two years.
“Acquiring Caretta expands and diversifies Cirrus Logic’s expertise in analog IC technology, enables increased development of China-originated intellectual property, and provides us with a stronger, long-term strategic position to grow in China by developing our China-based organization,” said David D. French, president and chief executive officer, Cirrus Logic. “This acquisition further strengthens Cirrus Logic’s growth efforts toward expanding segments of the analog, mixed-signal IC market.”
Founded in 2004, Caretta has focused its initial IC development efforts on a battery protection IC for the single-cell lithium ion battery market. With offices in Shanghai and Shenzhen, Caretta employs 37 people, including 30 engineers.
The company expects to recognize a one-time charge of $1 million to $4 million in the December quarter of 2006. This transaction is expected to be neutral to earnings per share in calendar 2007.
About Cirrus Logic Inc.
Cirrus Logic develops high-precision analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits for a broad range of consumer and industrial markets. Building on its diverse analog mixed-signal patent portfolio, Cirrus Logic delivers highly optimized products for consumer and commercial audio, automotive entertainment and industrial applications. The company operates from headquarters in Austin, Texas, with offices in Europe, Japan and Asia.
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