ESI Strengthens Laser-Based Wafer Processing Capabilities Through GSI Semiconductor Systems Business Acquisition

Electro Scientific Industries, Inc., a leading supplier of innovative laser-based manufacturing solutions for smart consumer electronics and other microtechnology industries, today announced it had signed a definitive agreement to acquire the Semiconductor Systems business of GSI Group, Inc., a global leader and supplier of precision photonics, laser-based solutions and precision motion devices to the medical, industrial, scientific, and electronics markets.

Based in Bedford, Massachusetts, the Semiconductor Systems business provides industry-leading products in laser marking and trimming of semiconductor wafers and hybrid circuits. The parties expect the transaction to close within thirty days.

The acquisition brings together two of the preeminent providers of laser manufacturing systems serving the semiconductor industry. With decades of experience, both ESI and Semiconductor Systems are technological leaders in laser-based wafer processing. The Semiconductor Systems’ wafer marking products are positioned to capitalize on the industry-wide transition to 450 millimeter wafer diameters and are complementary to ESI’s commitment to enabling 3D semiconductor packaging.

This acquisition will add approximately $20-30 million of annual revenue to ESI. It is expected to add $0.05 to $0.10 to non-GAAP earnings per share in the first year.

“The GSI Semiconductor Systems business is an excellent operational fit with ESI. The business brings a strong technical team, broadens our revenue base with our semi customers, and strengthens our Semiconductor Division,” stated Nick Konidaris, CEO of ESI. “With complementary capabilities but almost no product overlap, this acquisition broadens our product portfolio and allows ESI to provide a more complete set of laser-based manufacturing solutions to our semiconductor customers.”

“We are pleased to complete this transaction, which ultimately enables GSI to focus our growth investments on our OEM component businesses,” said John Roush, CEO of GSI. “We believe this outcome is the best result for customers, employees and shareholders of both companies. The GSI team will work closely with our counterparts at ESI to ensure a smooth transition of ownership of the Semiconductor Systems business.”

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