Cohu (COHU) Enters Agreement to Acquire Kita Manufacturing

November 16, 2016 6:05 AM EST
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Cohu, Inc. (Nasdaq: COHU) announced that it has agreed to acquire Kita Manufacturing Co. LTD. (Kita), a Japan-based company that designs, manufactures and sells spring probe contacts used in final test contactors, probe cards, PCB test boards and connectors sold to customers worldwide.

Luis A. Müller, Cohu President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “The acquisition of Kita adds key technology and manufacturing capability to our ITS business that, combined with our leading handler market share, enables significant growth in the $685 million contactor market. Kita has initiated a significant manufacturing capacity expansion in Osaka, Japan that will accelerate our plans.”

Kita’s current year sales are estimated to be $17 million. The purchase price is $15 million in cash to be funded out of Cohu’s existing cash reserves and the assumption of operating debt of $2.6 million net of cash acquired. The agreement also provides for up to $3 million of contingent earn-out cash consideration based on certain growth targets for revenue and profitability. The company will assume debt of $4.8 million associated with manufacturing capacity expansion in Osaka that is aligned with Cohu’s growth strategy. The transaction is subject to certain closing conditions and is expected to be completed during Cohu’s fiscal first quarter of 2017.

Following the acquisition, Kita will continue to be led by its current senior management team, including President Tomohiko Kita, and will combine with Cohu’s ITS contactor business unit to deliver a broad portfolio of solutions to customers.

Müller concluded “We are seeing opportunities to embed our thermal technology within contactors to better manage temperature and improve test yield. Kita offers an extensive portfolio of spring probes that are complementary to Cohu’s contactors and enable us to supply a total solution to our automotive and mobile customers. We expect this transaction to be accretive in 2017 and provide significant sales synergies.”

A conference call to discuss the acquisition will take place at 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time/4:30 p.m. Eastern Time, Wednesday, November 16, 2016. The call will be broadcast simultaneously over the Internet. Interested investors can access the webcast and accompanying slide presentation at and click on “Investor Information” at least five minutes before the call begins. The webcast, slide presentation and transcript of the conference call will be archived on our website.

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