GigOptix Inc., a leading supplier of advanced semiconductor communications components for use in Cloud connectivity, data centers, and high-speed optical and wireless networks, announced the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire Magnum Semiconductor Inc., a privately-held Milpitas, California-based provider of silicon ICs, SoCs, software, and IP for the professional video broadcast and IoT camera markets, in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $55 million net based upon the average closing price of GigOptix stock for the trailing thirty day period ended April 1, 2016. The acquisition is expected to become effective tomorrow, Tuesday, April 5, 2016, and upon the close, GigOptix, Inc. will be renamed GigPeak Inc., beginning to operate under that name as of Wednesday, April 6, 2016. The company will continue to trade on the NYSE MKT exchange under the symbol “GIG.”

Highlights of the Transaction Include the Following Expectations:

  • Immediately accretive to GigOptix FY 2016 financial results
  • When adding the 9 months of Magnum’s projected financial results left in FY 2016, the GigPeak post acquisition outlook for FY 2016, compared with GigOptix’s standalone results in FY 2015, includes:
    • Revenue in the range of $60 million to $62 million, up approximately 50% from $40.4 million in FY 2015
    • Non-GAAP gross margin to increase to a range of 69% to 71%, up from 65% in FY 2015
    • Adjusted EBITDA margin to increase to a range of 27% to 29%, up from 25% in FY 2015
    • Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share to be in a range of $0.22 to $0.24, up from $0.19 in FY 2015. The projected increase in FY 2016 earnings per diluted share accretion is in spite of an approximately 20% increase in share count through the acquisition of Magnum and the recently announced direct investment by PDSTI
  • Enhances footprint utilization and reduces total cost of ownership of existing network pipes from the core to the end user
  • Expands and further differentiates the GigPeak product portfolio and addressable markets, providing additional growth opportunities, and expanding the current GigOptix addressable markets of approximately $1 billion to nearly $5 billion by adding the broadcasting, IoT, and consumer markets

“We have a long and proven track record of acquiring and integrating cutting edge technology companies in the most financially prudent manner. The acquisition of Magnum Semiconductor, our eighth acquisition since inception, is another important step in realizing our initial 2007 roadmap vision and strategic plan to expand GigOptix through inorganic and organic growth. With the addition of Magnum Semiconductor, we have taken a meaningful step in expanding our product portfolio to further enhance our mission of enabling high-speed and high-quality information streaming end-to-end over the network, from the core to the consumer,” said Dr. Avi Katz, GigOptix’s Founder, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer. “We look forward to supporting Magnum’s continuing efforts as part of the newly rebranded GigPeak family to drive innovation through their proven and market accepted software-based solutions to deliver best-in-class video and data to the world’s leading broadcasting and IoT camera OEMs and customers. The exponential growth in video traffic will further expand the demand for GigOptix’s and Magnum’s solutions in real-time high-speed and high-quality information streaming, video compression in the cable, satellite, telco/IPTV and mobile/over the top (OTT) markets. The increasing need for powerful video analytics capabilities has also been driving significant interest in Magnum’s solutions in the IoT camera markets by major OEMs. We are impressed by Magnum’s technology, customers, growth profile, and the technical depth and experience of its engineering team. We are very excited by the many opportunities this combination offers that will enable us to expand our focus from the enterprise networking and cloud connectivity to broadcasting head-ends, IoT, and consumer markets. I also want to personally offer a warm welcome to the entire Magnum team that is joining our family today.”

Gopal Solanki, chief executive officer and president of Magnum Semiconductor stated, “The combination of GigOptix’s leading edge wired and wireless high-speed communication technology, combined with Magnum’s professional quality video compression and SoC hardware and software expertise creates a unique and powerful platform for streaming video. The Magnum team is excited to join forces to develop solutions for a future where video presence is pervasive and widely deployed at both the consumer and commercial premises.”

Andy Rappaport, partner emeritus at August Capital, Magnum’s largest shareholder, said, “Magnum’s team has done an extraordinary job creating proven, industry leading video compression and analytics technology serving some of the most demanding customers in the world. By combining Magnum’s hardware and software experience and high-margin product portfolio with the complementary product, technology and market leadership, and solid balance sheet of GigOptix, GigPeak is well positioned to sustain both companies’ strong positions with their current customers and accelerate growth by developing new solutions for large emerging markets.”

World-Class Video Compression and Analytics Expertise

Magnum Semiconductor, which generated approximately $19 million in revenue in FY 2015, based on unaudited results, brings a well-developed and comprehensive portfolio of video broadcasting and compression solutions to GigOptix, including silicon ICs, SoCs, software solutions, and a comprehensive library of IP.

“We have researched the market for a long time to identify the best-in-class video broadcasting, compression and analytics technology company that will allow us to complement our leading edge high-speed connectivity product portfolio for the telecom and datacom enterprise networking. This combination of products and technologies enable us to address both the speed of data transmission and the amount of bandwidth the data consumes within a network, driven in particular by video, which is a major source of data center traffic. We are poised to provide powerful solutions to enhance the footprint utilization and reduce total cost of ownership of existing network pipes from the core to the end user. GigPeak’s broad portfolio of cutting-edge products will serve the enterprise networking and broadcasting OEMs, as well as the IoT and consumer markets,” said Dr. Raluca Dinu, GigOptix’s Executive Vice President of Global Customer Operations.

Terms and Structure of the Transaction

GigOptix is executing this acquisition via a combination of stock and cash, issuing approximately 7.1 million shares and paying an additional approximately $35.8 million in net cash, a significant portion of which will be used to repay Magnum’s outstanding debt and other liabilities. The amounts to be paid are subject to customary adjustments. GigOptix expects to fund the purchase price of the acquisition from a combination of cash on hand and incurrence of additional indebtedness through a $15 million term loan provided by Silicon Valley Bank.

Matthew Wright, Managing Director at Silicon Valley Bank, added, “This is an exciting time for GigOptix. We're delighted to partner with the company to provide debt funding for this transaction, enabling the team to accelerate growth going forward, expand their addressable market and add compelling talent and technology.”

Conference Call Today, April 4, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. ET

GigOptix will host a conference call today, April 4, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT to discuss this agreement. To access the conference call, please dial (719) 325-2495. No passcode is needed. A live webcast and accompanying presentation of the conference call will be available in the Investors section of GigOptix’s website at A slide presentation to be used on the conference call will be posted to the investor relations page of GigOptix’s website. The replay dial-in number is (858) 384-5517, and the passcode is 7814276.

Further details of the transaction and arrangement are set out in GigOptix’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 4, 2016.

GigPeak Inc., NYSE Opening Bell Ceremony on April 6, 2016

GigPeak’s Founder, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Avi Katz, joined by GigPeak’s executives and the Company’s 2015 Hall-Of-Fame nominated employees, will ring the NYSE Opening Bell® on Wednesday, April 6, 2016. A live stream of The Opening Bell® can be viewed at