Wednesday, January 28, 2015

CommScope to Acquire TE Connectivity's Telecom, Enterprise and Wireless Units

CommScope agreed to acquire TE Connectivity’s telecom, enterprise and wireless businesses for $3 billion in cash.

TE Connectivity's telecom, enterprise and wireless businesses generated annual revenues of approximately $1.9 billion in its fiscal year ended September 26, 2014, consisting of $1.1 billion from its telecom business, where it is a world leader; $627 million from enterprise; and $164 million from wireless.

TE Connectivity holds approximately 7,000 patents and patent applications worldwide.  Its fiber technology is expected to help CommScope better address a transition to fiber deployments deeper into networks and data centers as consumers and businesses generate increasing bandwidth requirements.

CommScope said the acquisition will accelerate its entrance into attractive adjacent markets and to broaden its position as a leading communications infrastructure provider.  In addition, CommScope will have greater geographic and business diversity following the completion of the transaction.

“This is an important and transformative acquisition for CommScope, bringing together complementary geographic and customer coverage, products and technologies for the benefit of our stockholders, customers and employees,” said Eddie Edwards, CommScope president and chief executive officer. “This transaction has many clear strategic and financial benefits for all of our stakeholders.  It creates enhanced scale with a combined, diversified portfolio that we believe is well-positioned to take advantage of opportunities in the marketplace.

"Our decision to sell our BNS business reflects our strategy to continue focusing on and expanding our leadership position in the attractive connectivity and sensor markets, with particular emphasis on harsh environment applications," said Tom Lynch, TE Connectivity Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "These markets represent a $165 billion opportunity for TE and have strong growth rates and attractive profit levels driven by the global trends of a safer, smarter, greener and more connected world."

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