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Japan's TDK to buy US chipmaker InvenSense for US$1.3b

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Japanese electronic parts maker TDK Corp said it had agreed to buy InvenSense Inc , a US chipmaker that produces motion sensors for Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co, for US$1.33 billion.

[TOKYO] Japanese electronic parts maker TDK Corp said it had agreed to buy InvenSense Inc , a US chipmaker that produces motion sensors for Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co, for US$1.33 billion.

In a statement on Wednesday, TDK said it will pay US$13 per share to buy all of InvenSense, representing a 19.9 per cent premium to the US company's closing price on Tuesday.

Earlier this month, Reuters reported TDK was in talks to buy InvenSense.

The deal would allow TDK, already a major smartphone components supplier, to boost its sensor technology offerings. InvenSense designs gyroscopes which help smartphones calculate motion, enabling augmented reality games such as Pokemon Go.

BofA Merrill Lynch was the financial adviser for TDK, while Qatalyst Partners advised InvenSense.

REUTERS

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