Tokyo Electron to buy FSI International for $252.5 million

Mon Aug 13, 2012 9:53am EDT

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(Reuters) - Japan's Tokyo Electron Limited (8035.T) said it will acquire chip-equipment maker FSI International Inc FSII.O for $252.5 million in cash, to add a key technology to its chipmaking capabilities.

The deal, valued at $6.20 per share, represents a 53 percent premium to FSI's closing price of $4.04 on August 10. Trading in the shares was halted on Monday.

FSI, which provides cleaning and surface preparation equipment, will complement Tokyo Electron's offerings, the Japanese company said in a statement.

"Surface preparation has increasingly become a critical technology in semiconductor manufacturing, and Tokyo Electron Limited is focused on improving its market position," the company said.

Tokyo Electron said the deal which has been unanimously approved by the boards of both companies will be financed with existing cash resources.

(Reporting by Siddharth Cavale; Editing by Rodney Joyce)

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