Electronics distributor Avnet, Inc. has increased its offer to acquire fellow distributor Premier Farnell, in an attempt to squash a competing bid placed by Datwayler Technical Components UK Limited.
The new bid calls for an all-cash offer of about $765.7 million (about $2.05 per share) for Premier Farnell, a 12.1% premium over the offer from Datwayler (at about $1.83 per share). Based in the U.K., Premier Farnell is a distributor of electronic components and related products to system design companies.
Avnet believes the acquisition will strengthen its digital footprint worldwide, and the combination of Premier Farnell’s online services with Avnet’s supply chain will offer a new level of service for its customers. Avnet says while Premier Farnell’s customers will gain access to larger supply chain services, Avnet customers will be able to do more technical research online through Premier Farnell’s capabilities.
“In addition to deepening our customer base, this acquisition will enhance our go-to-market strategy as we target the industrial Internet of Things with edge-to-enterprise products and solutions,” says Gerry Fay, president of Avnet’s Electronics Marketing, Worldwide.
The acquisition still has many hurdles to go through including approval by Premier Farnell shareholders, the European Union, U.S. and Israel.
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