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Renesas Electronics, Sequans Communications: 249m Strategic Acquisition

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In the realm of smart city innovation and IoT, recent developments in the technology sector impact the landscape. Renesas Electronics’ decision to terminate its acquisition of Sequans Communications, valued at $249 million, due to an adverse Japanese tax ruling underscores the intricacies of corporate transactions. Despite this setback, Sequans remains optimistic, emphasizing its focus on cellular-based LPWAN solutions, including NB-IoT and LTE-M technologies. Renesas’ strategic acquisitions, such as Panthronics, Celeno, and Dialog, signify the company’s commitment to expanding its IoT hardware portfolio. Sequans’ CEO, Georges Karam, highlights the company’s resilience, citing significant design victories and the ongoing development of 5G products. As both companies navigate these challenges, their actions reverberate across the IoT landscape, shaping future market dynamics and technological advancements.

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Renesas’ Decision to Withdraw from Sequans Acquisition: Tax Rulings and Corporate Transactions

Renesas Electronics has ended its$ 249 million plan to acquire French-based company Sequans Communications for mobile IoT modules. It claimed that the decision was based on an “adverse Japanese tax ruling,” and that there was a fee it would be required to pay for “taxable gain” following Sequans ‘ acquisition. The pair’s memorandum of understanding ( MoU) and the tender offer have been canceled as a result, it said.

Renesas or Sequans may terminate the MOU if, among other things, Renesas receives confirmation from the Tokyo Regional Taxation Bureau that the reorganization required Renesas to recognize and pay for tax, according to a statement. Renesas therefore exercised its right to revoke the MOU and [tender offer ] as a result.

The work agreement reached in August was anticipated to close this quarter, subject to the approval of the European company’s works council and local tax and regulatory bodies. The$ 249 million valuation included net debt and covered all stock held by all of its shareholders, including US-based equity shares. Sequans was valued at 42.3 percent more than its closing price at the time of the deal and 32.6 percent and 7.7 percent more than its adjusted average price over the past six months and 12 months, respectively.

Sequans Communications Resilience and Cellular IoT Solutions: Navigating Challenges

A Sequans counterclaim made it clear that Sequans operated normally and that it had other options at its disposal. The company continued to grow its business throughout the tender offer process, and it is comfortable in its ability to manage the situation and carry on operating as an independent business. Sequans is positive about its ability to increase its market share and expand its future revenue streams as a result of strong customer relationships and the special capabilities of its technology.

The Board is pleased to have a number of geopolitical options to consider and is working with management to take advantage of each of them, it added.

Our revenue pipeline continued to grow while the tender process was in place, said Georges Karam, CEO of Sequans. Some “massive IoT” design victories result in increased shipping and product sales compared to 2023. In important industries like metering, fleet management, and asset tracking, we are still in a sturdy position. Additionally, the sample phase of our 5G product is already in progress, allowing us to capitalize on the different strategic value of this academic property. This opens up fresh corporate avenues, similar to those that were previously successful.

We will update our business outlook and give an overview of the tactical opportunities we are constantly looking for during our upcoming third quarter and full-year 2023 earnings call. We are confident in our ability to overcome economic difficulties and the growth perspectives in our business to put the company in a good position.

Sequans, a company founded in 2003, is focused on low-power, low-power wide-area network ( LPWAN ) solutions that are cellular-based, including those that support NB-IoT and LTE-M, as well as higher-powered LTE4G and 5G IoT hardware.

Renesas Electronics Expansion Strategy: Focus on IoT Hardware Portfolio

Renesas has been on a buying spree, including acquisitions of Austrian near-field communications ( NFC) chip manufacturer Panthronics ( June 2023 ), Israeli enterprise Wi-Fi chipset and software provider Celeno ( August 2021 ), and UK-based power management and industrial IoT specialist Dialog ( August 2021 ).

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