April 10, 2017 / 7:22 AM / 3 years ago

Japan's Renesas keen on acquisitions, may issue shares to build warchest: CEO

Renesas Electronics Corp's Chief Executive Officer Bunsei Kure attends a group interview at the company's headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, April 10, 2017. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese automotive chip maker Renesas Electronics Corp is hungry for more acquisitions amid a wave of megamergers in the industry and may need to issue equity shares sometime in the future to build its warchest, its CEO said on Monday.

“The fragmented (automotive chip) market will be eventually consolidated into some dominant players” posing a long-term threat to Renesas, currently the world’s No. 3, Renesas chief executive Bunsei Kure told reporters.

NXP Semiconductors NV, the industry leader, has agreed to be acquired by Qualcomm Inc in a $47 billion deal to retain its lead in the fast-growing automotive chips market.

And more recently, Intel Corp agreed to buy Israeli autonomous vehicle technology firm Mobileye for $15.3 billion.

Kure said Renesas, which bought U.S. chipmaker Intersil Corp for $3.2 billion this year, is constantly reviewing its list of potential acquisition targets, comprising around several dozen names in fields such as sensors and security.

To be ready for major acquisitions, Kure said the company would probably need to raise capital by issuing shares “at some point” in the future. “We want to be prepared to move when necessary,” he said.

According to data research firm IHS, Renesas had an automotive chip market share of 9.0 percent in 2016, ranking after NXP with 12.6 percent and Infineon Technologies with 9.5 percent.

Reporting by Makiko Yamazaki and Kentaro Hamada; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman

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