GSA reports fall in annual semiconductor funding, IPO and M&A

by K C Krishnadas, TechOnline India - January 20, 2012

Activity on the financial front in all segments of the semiconductor industry was less in 2011 compared to the previous year

The Global Semiconductor Alliance (GSA) has said that for the 12 months ending December 31, 2011, 109 semiconductor M&A (mergers and acquisition) deals were announced, a 2.7% decrease YoY (Year-on-Year).

During the same period, 83 semiconductor deals raised $1032.9 million, a dollar amount decrease of 15.8% YoY.

Again, during the same period, 11 semiconductor companies list on a stock exchange, a decrease of seven YoY.

Other findins include that:

• In December 2011, four semiconductor companies (i.e., fabless companies, integrated device manufacturers (IDMs) and semiconductor suppliers) raised $44.7 million, an increase of 101.4% from November 2011. However, it also said that while all companies disclosed amounts in December, three companies did not disclose funding amounts in November 2011, which may affect results.

• In Q4 2011, 15 semiconductor companies raised $89.1 million, a dollar amount decrease of 66.8% from Q3 2011 and 55.0% from Q4 2010. (Note: Four companies did not disclose funding amounts in Q4 2011 as compared to one in Q3 2011 and four in Q4 2010, which may affect results.)

• The fourth quarter ended with no filings or pricings in December. 

• 2011 saw a total of 11 semiconductor companies list on a stock exchange, a decrease of seven YoY.

• In December 2011, the number of semiconductor mergers and acquisitions (M&As) announced (i.e., M&As involving entire fabless, IDM and semiconductor supplier companies, not sectors/product lines or foundry facilities) increased by six MoM and five YoY.

• In Q4 2011, 23 semiconductor M&A deals were announced, a decrease of two QoQ and five YoY.

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