CMOS image sensor developer Omnivision Technologies Inc. of Santa Clara, Calif., has received a takeover bid from Hua Capital Management Ltd., a Chinese investment management company, at $29 a share, which would value the company at about $1.64 billion.
The investment group led by Hua Capital Managament (HCM) includes Shanghai Pudong Science and Technology Investment Co. Ltd., a wholly state-owned limited liability company, established directly under the Pudong New Area government of Shanghai.
In 2012 Omnivision was in second place of the top-three vendors of CMOS image sensors that comprised Sony, Omnivision, and Samsung with 21, 19, and 18 percent of the $6.9 billion market, respectively. Omnivision has supplied Apple with back-side illuminated CMOS image sensors for its iPhone and has a design center and testing facility in Shanghai.
Omnivision's stock price climbed by 14 percent to just over $28 on the news.
The company's board of directors said it was evaluating HCM's proposal.
Story originally published on EE Times Europe.