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Foxconn unit to buy Belkin for US$866m

Taipei

FIT Hon Teng Ltd, part of the contract manufacturing giant Foxconn Technology Group, agreed to buy Belkin International Inc in the latest move by billionaire Terry Gou to expand in branded goods.

FIT will pay US$866 million in cash for Belkin, a maker of Wi-Fi routers, mobile device chargers and keyboards, the company said in a filing to the Hong Kong stock exchange on Tuesday. The deal will give it access to strong research and development capacity with Belkin owning more than 700 patents, it said.

Mr Gou, whose empire includes the main assembler of Apple Inc's iPhones, is seeking to expand beyond contract production to capture more of the value chain in branded groups.

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In 2016 he led a deal for control of Japan's Sharp Corp and he is also investing in artificial intelligence and big data.

"Belkin International is a world-recognised brand, with a wide range of offerings of consumer electronics products, services and solutions," FIT said in the filing.

Belkin had sales of about US$789 million in the fiscal year ended Sept 30, FIT said. Shares of FIT were unchanged at HK$4.05 (S$0.67) in Hong Kong. BLOOMBERG