Flashy creation

STMicroelectronics and Intel are to combine their research and development, manufacturing and sales and marketing assets to create a new semiconductor company.


STMicroelectronics and Intel are to combine their research and development, manufacturing and sales and marketing assets to create a new semiconductor company that will focus on supplying flash memory for a variety of consumer and industrial devices.


Under the terms of an agreement between the two, STMicroelectronics will sell its flash memory assets, including its NAND joint venture interest and other NOR resources, to the new company while Intel will sell its NOR assets and resources.


In exchange, Intel will receive a 45.1 percent equity ownership stake and a $432 million cash payment at close. STMicroelectronics will receive a 48.6 percent equity ownership stake and a $468 million cash payment at close.


Francisco Partners, a Menlo Park, CA-based private equity firm, will invest $150 million in cash for convertible preferred stock representing a 6.3 percent ownership interest, subject to adjustment in certain circumstances.


Concurrently, the parties have arranged for the new company to receive firm commitments for a $1.3 billion term loan and $250 million revolver. The term loan will be underwritten by a consortium of banks. Proceeds from the term loan will be used for working capital and payment to Intel and STMicroelectronics for the purchase price. The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions and is expected to occur in the second half of 2007.