Avnet announces that it has successfully acquired Premier Farnell in an all cash merger for £1.85 per share, drawing an equity value of approximately £691 million.
The transaction is sought to be immediately accretive to earnings and, once the integration is complete, expects to generate annual synergies of approximately $70 million to $80 million.
“The combination of Premier Farnell with Avnet’s components business will create a truly unique distribution model that supports customers at every stage of the product lifecycle. By pairing our deep expertise in large volume broadline distribution with Premier Farnell’s specialization in proof of concept and design, we can offer true end-to-end solutions that accelerate a customer’s time-to-market and moves their products seamlessly from prototype through to volume production,” said William Amelio, Chief Executive Officer of Avnet. “As technology reaches deeper into more products and innovation proliferates through the internet of things, the ability to reach a wider base of engineers earlier in the design process will be critical to our future growth and success.”
The acquisition was approved by Premier Farnell shareholders representing 99.9% of the votes cast and has received all regulatory approvals.
The acquisition is sought to significantly expands customer base and digital footprint worldwide.