Xilinx soars 17% on report rival AMD is in talks to buy it for $30 billion

ReutersA Xilinx sign is seen during the China International Import Expo (CIIE), at the National Exhibition and Convention Centre in Shanghai
  • Chip producer Xilinx leaped as much as 17% in early Friday trading after The Wall Street Journal reported Advanced Micro Devices is in talks to buy the firm for more than $US30 billion.
  • A deal could come together as soon as next week and mark the latest major acquisition in the semiconductor industry, sources told The Journal.
  • Xilinx closed Thursday with a market cap of nearly $US26 billion, making the potential takeover price an appealing prospect for shareholders.
  • Should the deal go through, it would fortify AMD’s standing in the communications technology space and help it better compete with rival firm Intel.
  • Watch Xilinx trade live here.

Chipmaker Xilinx surged as much as 17% in early Friday trading after The Wall Street Journal reported Advanced Micro Devices is in talks to buy the firm for more than $US30 billion.

A deal could come to fruition as soon as next week and bring the latest major takeover in the semiconductor industry, according to the report. Still, there is no guarantee an agreement will be reached, and talks previously froze before a recent restart, sources told The Journal.

Xilinx closed Thursday with a market cap of nearly $US26 billion, making the proposed deal an enticing proposal for its shareholders. The early Friday rally placed shares at their highest point since July 2019.


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AMD shares sank as much as 3% in early trading. Still, they are are up nearly 90% year-to-date as investors flood tech stocks amid virus-fuelled demand.

Xilinx produces chips used in data centres and 5G communications base stations. Its shares tumbled through 2019 after US-China trade tensions limited shipments from Chinese tech giant Huawei. The firm accounts for as much as 8% of Xilinx’s revenue.

Should the merger go through, AMD would gain a stronger foothold in the communications technology business and better compete with rivals such as Intel.

The purchase would also be the third major semiconductor deal of the year after Analogue Devices bought Maxim Integrated Products for $US20 billion and Nvidia bought Arm Holdings for $US40 billion.

Xilinx closed at $US105.99 per share on Thursday.


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