MACOM and Goertek Form Joint Venture to Service China’s 5G Build out
The JV Targets Multibillion Dollar Opportunity to Supply MACOM’s Proprietary GaN-On-Si Products for the World’s Largest 5G Network Deployment
MACOM Technology Solutions Holdings, Inc., a leading supplier of semiconductor solutions, announced that it has entered into an agreement to establish a joint venture company with Goertek Inc. (“Goertek”), a multibillion-dollar electronic components company based in Shandong, China. The joint venture company will be based in Hong Kong and will supply, market and distribute GaN-on-Si based RF Power components into China’s basestation market.
“We are delighted to announce this important partnership with MACOM. Leveraging MACOM’s superior GaN-on-Si technology, we will provide world leading RF components to the 5G market in China, as well as enriching our RF capabilities.”
Goertek will provide total consideration to MACOM of up to $134.6 million, including $30 million up front. MACOM will further be entitled to royalties and dividend preferences in the joint venture. Goertek and MACOM will each contribute $25 million in working capital to the joint venture. MACOM retains rights to sell GaN-on-Si products outside of China, Hong Kong and Macau.
“This joint venture is a capstone to MACOM’s strategy to become a scale player within the multi-billion dollar 5G basestation market in China, which in turn enables us to further invest in U.S.-based innovation,” stated John Croteau, President and Chief Executive Officer of MACOM. “We are pleased to be able to leverage our existing design capabilities and resources in China by aligning with a JV partner of the caliber of Goertek. They perfectly complement our GaN-on-Si based RF Power component products with high-volume manufacturing expertise, well-connected sales and proven supply chain management into China’s top OEMs and service providers.”
Long Jiang, CEO of Goertek commented, “We are delighted to announce this important partnership with MACOM. Leveraging MACOM’s superior GaN-on-Si technology, we will provide world leading RF components to the 5G market in China, as well as enriching our RF capabilities.”
The transaction is subject to certain closing conditions, including receipt of approval from China’s State Administration for Market Regulation, and is expected to close in the second half of the calendar year.