Lumentum raises takeover offer for Coherent to $6.9 billion
(Reuters) – Coherent Inc said on Wednesday optical fiber firm Lumentum Holdings Inc had raised its offer for the company to $6.9 billion following a three-way takeover battle for the laser firm.
Under its new bid, Coherent shareholders will receive $220 in cash and 0.61 Lumentum shares for each share held.
Coherent agreed to a $5.7 billion deal with Lumentum in January, attracting other bidders looking to grow their share of a market set to benefit from the rising adoption of 5G and consumer electronics.
The Wall Street Journal reported late on Wednesday that optical components maker II-VI Inc submitted a new takeover offer for Coherent worth roughly $7 billion, or around $285 a share.
Last month, MKS Instruments offered $6 billion, followed by a $6.4 billion bid by II-VI.
Ever since, Lumentum and II-VI have engaged in a bidding war, making at least two counter offers each by sweetening the cash component.
Lumentum also said private-equity firm Silver Lake would make a $1 billion equity investment in the combined company.
II-VI did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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