Lumentum to acquire NeoPhotonics to accelerate optical network speed and scalability

– Combination accelerates Lumentum’s penetration of the fast-growing opportunity for high-speed optical components for cloud and telecom network infrastructure and creates a better partner for customers globally
– Expected to be immediately accretive to non-GAAP earnings per share and deliver more than $50 million in annual run-rate cost synergies within 24 months of transaction close
– Separately, Lumentum and NeoPhotonics announce quarterly financial results

Lumentum Holdings and NeoPhotonics announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Lumentum will acquire NeoPhotonics for $16.00 per share in cash, which represents a total equity value of approximately $918 million. The transaction has been unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies.

The addition of NeoPhotonics expands Lumentum’s opportunity in some of the fastest growing areas of the more than $10 billion market for optical components used in cloud and telecom network infrastructure. The integrated company will be better positioned to serve the needs of a global customer base who are increasingly utilizing photonics to accelerate the shift to digital and virtual approaches to work and life, the proliferation of IoT, 5G, and next-generation mobile networks, and the transition to advanced cloud computing architectures. The combination creates a stronger partner for customers, with the ability and intent to invest strongly in innovation and manufacturing capacity.

With NeoPhotonics, we’re making another important investment in better serving our customers and expanding our photonics capabilities at a time when photonics are at the forefront of favorable long-term market trends,” said Alan Lowe, Lumentum President and CEO. “At the center of our strategy is a relentless focus on developing a differentiated portfolio with the most innovative products and technology in our industry so that we can help our customers compete and win in their respective markets. Adding NeoPhotonics’ differentiated products and technology and innovative R&D team is consistent with this strategy and together, we will better meet the growing need for next generation optical networking solutions.”

We are confident this transaction will make us an even better partner to our customers, while enabling our team to deliver significant, long-term value to our stockholders. We look forward to welcoming NeoPhotonics’ talented team of employees to Lumentum,” concluded Mr. Lowe.

Announcement is an exciting milestone for NeoPhotonics,” said Tim Jenks, NeoPhotonics President, CEO, and Chairman. “The increasing global demand for our ultra-pure light tunable lasers and photonics technologies for speed over distance applications is more apparent than ever, and Lumentum is the ideal partner to serve our customers on a larger scale. Lumentum recognizes the importance of NeoPhotonics’ differentiated photonic technology and products, which are well positioned for accelerated growth in the coming years. The combination’s complementary product portfolio, increased scale, breadth of customer application knowledge, and R&D capabilities will accelerate innovation, better serve customers, and deliver significant and immediate value to our stockholders. Importantly, this transaction is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our employees. I look forward to working with Lumentum leadership to ensure a smooth transition as we begin an exciting new chapter as one company.”

Compelling Strategic and Financial Benefits

  • Comprehensive Capabilities for the Significant 400G+ Optical Network Opportunity: The complementary combination accelerates Lumentum’s exposure to and penetration of some of the fastest growing portions of the more than $10 billion market for optical components used in cloud and telecom network infrastructure. Internet, cloud, mobile, and broadband access network capacity requirements continue to grow at an unrelenting pace driven by the digital transformation of work and life, high-bandwidth video, gaming, and other applications. The combined company will have a broader portfolio of next generation products and technologies addressing the market opportunity created by the strong growth in network capacity requirements created by these applications.
  • Positioned to Better Serve Market Customers: The combined company will comprise a solid financial position and the ability to invest in new products, technologies, and manufacturing capabilities, with a broader portfolio of products and technology relevant to global leaders in cloud and communications networks infrastructure. This transaction underscores Lumentum’s commitment to the photonics and communications markets, and the combined company will continue to heavily invest in innovation and manufacturing capabilities in order to meet and exceed customers’ photonics needs – today and into the future.
  • Accelerated Innovation from Combined R&D and Technology Capabilities Globally: The combination increases the scale and scope of Lumentum’s innovation engine globally. The company will benefit from R&D and manufacturing capabilities globally across Asia, North America, and Europe. With a broader global talent pool, Lumentum will be well positioned to accelerate innovation and collaborate more closely with market and technology customers worldwide.
  • Poised to Capture Attractive New Growth Opportunities: Photonics will play an increasing role in new approaches to automobiles and delivery vehicles, manufacturing, industrial sensing, safety and security, health care and the life sciences, and addressing climate change. The combined organization will be poised to capture new market growth opportunities created by these trends due to the combined R&D innovation engine and technology base. The combination’s breadth of technology and vertical integration, from underlying components and materials to sub-systems and systems, increases the ability to participate in the technology stack of new end market customers increasingly utilizing photonics.
  • Delivers Substantial Run-Rate Synergies and Solid Accretion to Lumentum’s Earnings: There are significant efficiency gains in combining derived from increased scale, reducing redundancies, and leveraging the best capabilities in the combination. The combined company is expected to generate more than $50 million in annual run-rate synergies within 24 months of the closing of the transaction. The transaction is expected to be immediately accretive to the combined company’s non-GAAP earnings per share upon closing. The combined company is expected to have a solid balance sheet and strong operating cash flows, creating substantial financial flexibility to pursue continued growth initiatives.