Photonics Merger & Acquisition Landscape
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EPIC is the industry association that promotes the sustainable development of organisations working in the field of photonics. We foster a vibrant photonics ecosystem by maintaining a strong network and acting as a catalyst and facilitator for technological and commercial advancement. EPIC publishes market and technology reports, organizes technical workshops and B2B roundtables, engages in advocacy and lobbying, European funded projects, education and training activities, standards and roadmaps, pavilions at exhibitions. www.epic-assoc.com
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2017AcquisitionGUB Venture Capital FundGermanyAifotecGermany61% shares or 1,2 million Euro
GUB signed a share purchase contract with several principal shareholders; acquired a majority stake in Aifotec. The major seller is mic AG, Munich, Ticker-Symbol: M3B.
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2017AcquisitionII‐VIUSAKaiam LaserUK$80 million
Only acquired facility. Facility acquired is the Newton Aycliffe, UK manufacturing facility.
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2017AcquisitionII‐VIUSAIntegrated PhotonicsUSA$45.0M
Acquisition value is $45.0M in cash due at closing with a $2.5M earn out.
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2017AcquisitionAMS TechnologiesGermanyElforlightUKNot disclosed
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2017AcquisitionVeeco InstrumentsUSAUltratechUSANot disclosed
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2017AcquisitionLightPath TechnologiesUSAISP OpticsUSANot disclosed
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2017AcquisitionIPG PhotonicsUSAOptiGrateUSANot disclosed
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2017AcquisitionEdmund OpticsUSAITOSGermanyNot disclosed
Edmund Optics made an equity investment; ITOS will now operate as a subsidiary of Edmund Optics. Further details of the agreement remain confidential.
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2017AcquisitionANDRITZ AustriaPowerlase UKNot disclosed
Acquired majority stake. The new company name is Andritz Powerlase and will be based in Crawley, UK.
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2017AcquisitionIntel USAMobileyeIsrael$15 billion
Acquired all of the issued and outstanding ordinary shares of Mobileye for $63.54 per share in cash. Equity value of about $15.3 billio; enterprise value of $14.7 billion.
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2017AcquisitionHIG CapitalUKXteraUKNot disclosedHIGH acquired substantially all the assets
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2017AcquisitionAvago TechnologiesSingaporeCosemi TechnologiesUSANot disclosedsale involves only Cosemi's photodetector chip business
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2017AcquisitionHumanetics USAFibercore UKNot disclosed
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2017AcquisitionIntegrated Device TechnologyUSAGigPeakUSANot disclosed
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2017AcquisitionEQTSwedenLumos NetworksUSA$950 million
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2017AcquisitionGooch & HousegoUKStingRay OpticsUSANot disclosed
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2017AcquisitionOsramGermanyManeri-AgrazUSANot disclosed
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2017AcquisitionPhysik InstrumenteGermanyACS Motions ControlIsraelNot disclosedacquired only 80 percent stake
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2017AcquisitionNavitarCanadaPixeLINKCanadaNot disclosed
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2017AcquisitionAPAT OptoelectronicsChinaNeoPhotonicsUSA$26.4 million
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2017AcquisitionKeysight TechnologiesUSAIxiaUSA$1.6 billion
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2017AcquisitionVeecoUSAUltratechUK$815 million
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2017AcquisitionAmkorUSANaniumPortugalNot disclosed
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2017AcquisitionNovantaUSALaser QuantumUK£25.5 million
Novanta acquires an additional 35 percent of the outstanding shares of Laser Quantum
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2017AcquisitionRyerson HoldingUSALaserflexUSANot disclosed
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2017AcquisitionHalmaUKFluxDataUSA$12.0 million
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2017AcquisitionGEUSAConcept LaserGermany$599 millionGE acquired 75% stake for $599 million
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2017AcquisitionPanasonicJapanTeraDiodeUSANot disclosedTeraDiode will be a 100% subsidiary of Panasonic
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2017MergerVectronix USAOptics 1USANot disclosed
Optics 1 is Vectronix's optical systems subsidiary; merger led to formation of Safran Optics 1
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2017AcquisitionPhysik IntrumenteGermanyACS Motions ControlIsraelNot disclosedacquired 80 percent
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2017AcquisitionInveniosUSAVariopticFranceNot disclosed
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2017AcquisitionNovantaUSAThingMagicUSA$20 million
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2017AcquisitionTJSUSA
SPI Lasers lamp-pumped Nd:YAG service and support business
UKNot disclosed
The sale only involved SPI Lasers lamp-pumped Nd:YAG service and support business
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2016AcquisitionKKRUSAAirbus Defence ElectronicsGermany, FranceNot disclosed
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2016AcquisitionIMIPhilippinesVIA optronicsGermany€47.4 millionacquire a 76 percent stake in VIA
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2016AcquisitionMACOMUSAAppliedMicroUSA
for approximately $8.36 per share, consisting of $3.25 in cash and 0.1089 MACOM shares per share of AppliedMicro
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2016AcquisitionPowerlase PhotonicsUKPowerlase HoldingsUKNot disclosed
Powerlase Photonics was acquired by Powerlase Holdings from EO Technics
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2016AcquisitionL-3USAMicreoAustraliaNot disclosed
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2016AcquisitionFaro TechnologiesUSALaser Projection TechnologiesUSANot disclosed
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2016AcquisitionHPUSASamsung ElectronicsKorea$1.05 billionHP bought Samsung Electronics Co.’s printer business
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2016MergerCorningUSAAlliance Fiber Optic ProductsUSA$305 million
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2016AcquisitionLightPath TechnologiesUSAISP OpticsUSA$18 million
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2016AcquisitionLightPath TechnologiesUSALightPath TechnologiesUSA$18 million
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2016AcquisitionGooch & HousegoUKKent PeriscopesUKNot disclosed
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2016AcquisitionContinental GermanyASCar USANot disclosedASCar is a division of Advanced Scientific Concepts
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2016AcquisitionHellma GermanyAxiom AnalyticalUSANot disclosed
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2016AcquisitionTeledyne TechnologiesUSACarisCanadaNot disclosed
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2016AcquisitionTeledyne TechnologiesUSAQuantum DataUSANot disclosed
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2016AcquisitionSino-LiteIsraelLight InstrumentsIsraelNot disclosed
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2016AcquisitionNavitarUSAHyperion DevelopmentUSANot disclosed
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2016AcquisitionCiena USATeraxionCanada$32 million
For assets only (purchase high-speed indium phosphide and silicon photonics technologies and underlying intellectual property)
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2016AcquisitionFulham USALumotechNetherlandsNot disclosed
to acquire certain assets of the LED driver business of Lumotech
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2016AcquisitionAMSAustriaCambridge CMOS SensorUKNot disclosed
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2016AcquisitionASML NetherlandsHermes MicrovisionUSA$3.1 billion
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2016AcquisitionThermo Fisher ScientificUSAFEI USA$4.2 billion
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2016AcquisitionBoston ScientificUSAEndoChoiceUSA$210 million
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2016AcquisitionTeledyne TechnologiesUSAe2v TechnologiesUK£627 million
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2016AcquisitionTeledyne InstrumentsUSANorwoodUSA
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2016MergerElectro Optical IndustriesUSAHGH Infrared SystemsUSANot disclosedFormed Electro Optical Industries Inc.
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2016AcquisitionAMSAustriaMazetGermanyNot disclosed
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2016AcquisitionJohnson & JohnsonUSAAbbott Medical OpticsUSA$4.33 billion in cash
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2016MergerMax Levy AutographUSAII-VI Optical SystemsUSANot disclosed
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2016MergerDilas DiodenlaserGermanym2K-LaserGermanyNot disclosed
Both are wholly owned subsidiaries of Rofin-Sinar Technologies Inc.
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2016AcquisitionNecselUSAPD-LDUSANot disclosed
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2016AcquisitionHan's LaserChinaCorActiveCanadaNot disclosed
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2016AcquisitionCognexUSAEnShapeGermanyNot disclosed
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2016AcquisitionCognexUSAAQSenseSpainNot disclosed
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2016AcquisitionAMETEKUSALaserage Technology CorporationUSANot disclosed
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2016AcquisitionGEUSAConcept LaserGermany$599 million
Agreement is to acquire a 75% stake; agreement allows for GE to take full ownership in a number of years.
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2016AcquisitionAMS TechnologiesGermanyHeptagonSingapore$570 million
The upfront consideration includes USD 64m in cash from available funds, a capital increase of 15% of outstanding shares from authorized capital (excluding subscription rights) and shares from currently held treasury shares for a total value of the upfront consideration of approx. USD 570m.
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2016AcquisitionESIRAFranceEURODYNELuxembourgNot disclosed
ESIRA acquired 93.8% of the capital of EURODYNE. EURODYNE holds 14.6% of the capital and 21.3% of the voting rights of QUANTEL.
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2016AcquisitionOculusUSAInfiniLEDIrelandNot disclosed
Oculus is owned by Facebook (acquired for US $2 billion in 2014).
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2016AcquisitionII-VIUSADirect PhotonicsGermanyNot disclosed
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2016AcquisitionFlir SystemsUSAPoint GreyCanada$253 million
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2016AcquisitionComputer Simulation TechnologyFranceAURORASATSpainNot disclosed
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2016AcquisitionKyoceraJapanMelles Griot KKJapanNot disclosed
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2016AcquisitionJFV@HSFranceSEDI-ATI Fibres OptiquesFranceNot disclosed
JFV@HS (J-F VINCHANT HOLDING STRATEGY) is chaired by Jean-François VINCHANT and accompanied by IDF Capital; acquisition of 100% shares from SEDI-ATI.
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2016AcquisitionGooch & HousegoUKKent PeriscopesUKNot disclosed
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2016AcquisitionGooch & HousegoUKAlfalightUSANot disclosed
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2016AcquisitionOsramGermanyADBFranceNot disclosed
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2016AcquisitionJuniper NetworkUSAAurrionUSA$165 million
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2016AcquisitionHan’s Laser TechnologyChinaAritexSpainNot disclosed
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2016AcquisitionGooch & HousegoUKKent Periscopes and Alfalight Wales, USANA
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2016AcquisitionPlasma-ThermUSANano Etch SystemsUSANA
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2016AcquisitionHUBER+SUHNERSwitzerlandPOLATISUSANA
The parties agreed not to disclose the financial terms. The purchase will be financed entirely from company funds.
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2016AcquisitionPOET TechnologiesUSABB PhotonicsUKNA
Acquired 100% of BB Photonics shares (2,000,000 common shares)
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2016AcquisitionII-VIUSAANADIGICSUSA$78.2 million
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2016AcquisitionII-VIUSAEpiWorksUSA$43 million
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2016AcquisitionAmbientaItaly, UKMikrotronGermanyNA
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2016AcquisitionCoherentUSARofin-Sinar TechnologiesUSA$942 million
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2016AcquisitionHexagonSwedenAICONGermany
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2016AcquisitionMKS InstrumentsUSANewportUSA$980 million
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2016AcquisitionNKT PhotonicsUKFianiumUK£21 million
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2016AcquisitionThorlabsUSAVytranUSAVytran was previously owned by NKT
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2016AcquisitionAlter TechnologySpainOPTOCAPUKNA
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