TI-NatSemi: Large and analog

Contact: Brenon Daly

The fragmented market for makers of analog integrated circuits looks a whole less scattered now that Texas Instruments has reached for National Semiconductor. Already the largest analog vendor, TI will have some 17% of the market provided its $6.5bn all-cash offer for NatSemi closes later this year. (If it can’t close the deal, for whatever reason, TI faces a $350m reverse breakup fee, while NatSemi would have to pay a $200m termination fee.)

As it stands, the pending purchase of NatSemi would be the third-largest semiconductor deal, but the single largest by a non-financial buyer. Recall that in the pre-Credit Crisis days of 2006, buyout consortiums took Freescale Semiconductor private in a $17.6bn buyout while another private equity (PE) club carved the semiconductor business out of Royal Philips Electronics. Given the travails that the Freescale LBO has faced over the past half-decade, we suspect that PE shops won’t be looking to do any buyouts that big anytime soon.