Infineon eyed a 'bunch' of targets before picking Rectifier -CFO

FRANKFURT Thu Aug 21, 2014 3:27am EDT

FRANKFURT Aug 21 (Reuters) - German chipmaker Infineon looked at a "whole bunch" of possible acquisition targets before settling on International Rectifier, for which it announced a bid this week, Infineon's finance chief said.

"We approached another (target) but did not converge on price. And for others we did not want to pay the high premiums," Dominik Asam told analysts during a conference call on Thursday.

Infineon said on Wednesday it had agreed to buy International Rectifier for about $3 billion in cash, at a 48 percent premium over the California-based firm's three-month average share price.

"We got comfortable with that (premium) only because we know how we can get to the profitability that will warrant that kind of a premium," Asam said. (Reporting by Maria Sheahan; Editing by Jonathan Gould)