Teradyne, Inc., (NYSE: TER) and Nextest Systems Corp. (Nasdaq: NEXT) announced that they have signed a definitive agreement under which Teradyne will acquire Nextest. Teradyne is a world leader in System-On-Chip (SOC) test. Nextest’s core business is the design and manufacture of flash memory test products. As a result of the acquisition, Teradyne will expand its served market into the fast-growing flash memory test segment, estimated to be more than $700 million in 2006. Of Nextest’s $95.8 million in revenue in calendar year 2006, flash memory tester sales totaled about $80 million.
Under terms of the agreement approved by both boards of directors, Teradyne will pay $20 per share in cash for all the outstanding shares of Nextest. The aggregate purchase price is expected to be approximately $325 million. This is net of the cash acquired and includes the fair value of fully vested employee equity instruments and transaction costs. The acquisition is expected to be slightly dilutive to 2008 GAAP earnings per share and slightly accretive to 2008 non-GAAP earnings per share after excluding the purchase accounting impacts. The acquisition has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of Teradyne and Nextest.
“Joining Teradyne puts the market presence and superior reputation of the premier ATE provider behind all that we have accomplished,” said Robin Adler, CEO of Nextest. “Teradyne’s rich experience as a technology innovator along with their strong customer relationships, will greatly accelerate our mission to lower test costs and to grow our business. We are very excited about the impact, potential and opportunity this combination provides to our employees, our stockholders, and most importantly, our customers.”
“Nextest brings us a solid flash memory test product line, plus a very capable development and technical support organization,” said Michael Bradley, president and CEO of Teradyne. “Their growing presence in the flash memory test market provides a strong addition to our System-On-Chip product offerings. This is one of the few business combinations in the test market where customers get products that are so complementary. Nextest’s Magnum product line will be backed by Teradyne’s global customer support team and will give us a powerful growth engine in the coming years.”
The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions, including the tender of at least a majority of the shares of Nextest common stock, the receipt of clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act and the absence of a material adverse change with respect to Nextest.
Upon closing, which is expected in the first quarter of 2008, Nextest will be run as a business unit within Teradyne’s Semiconductor Test Division.
A webcast to discuss the acquisition will be held on Wednesday, December 12, 2007 at 10 a.m. EST. Interested investors should access the webcast and click on “Investors” at least five minutes before the call begins. Interested investors can also call 1-866-322-9525 (US and Canada) and 1-706-902-0224 (outside the US and Canada). The conference ID is 27984441. A replay will be available approximately two hours after the completion of the call. The replay number in the U.S. & Canada is 1-800-642-1687 or 1-706-645- 9291 outside US and Canada. The pass code for both numbers is 27984441. A replay will also be available on the Teradyne Web site. Click on “Investors” for a link to the replay. The replay will be available via phone and through the Web site until December 26, 2007.
About Teradyne, Inc.
Teradyne (NYSE: TER) is a leading supplier of Automatic Test Equipment used to test complex electronics used in the consumer electronics, automotive, computing, telecommunications, and aerospace and defense industries. In 2006, Teradyne had sales of $1.36 billion from continuing operations, and currently employs about 3,600 people worldwide. Teradyne (R) is a registered trademark of Teradyne, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. All product names are trademarks of Teradyne, Inc. (including its subsidiaries).
Nextest is a low-cost leader in the design and manufacture of automatic test equipment (ATE) for Flash memory and System-On-Chip semiconductors. Nextest’s products address the growing demand from manufacturers for ATE with increased throughput, functionality and reliability, while reducing time to market and cost of test. Nextest has shipped over 1,900 systems to more than 70 semiconductor companies worldwide.