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MKS Instruments To Acquire Atotech

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$5.1 billion cash and stock transaction combines capabilities in lasers, optics, motion and process chemistry

MKS Instruments, a provider of instruments, systems, subsystems and process control solutions, will acquire Atotech, a process chemicals company and developer of electroplating solutions, for $16.20 in cash and 0.0552 of a share of MKS common stock for each Atotech common share. The equity value of the transaction is $5.1 billion and the enterprise value of the transaction is approximately $6.5 billion.

“Together, MKS and Atotech will be uniquely positioned to drive faster, better solutions and innovations for customers in advanced electronics,” said MKS President and CEO John T.C. Lee.

“By combining leading capabilities in lasers, optics, motion and process chemistry, the combined company will optimise the PCB Interconnect, a significant enabling point of next-generation advanced electronics that represents the next frontier for miniaturisation and complexity.

"We anticipate the addition of Atotech will position MKS to enable roadmaps for future generations of advanced electronics devices. The acquisition of Atotech also provides MKS with a recurring revenue stream from a consumables portfolio for leading-edge devices, with meaningful scale and potential on which to build.”

"The combination of Atotech's expertise in electroplating and chemistry and MKS' strengths in lasers, laser systems, optics and motion will enable innovative and ground-breaking solutions for customers in the areas of materials processing and complex applications. This transaction is an excellent outcome for our shareholders, and we believe it will provide immediate value and the opportunity to benefit from the upside potential of the combined company,” said Geoff Wild, CEO of Atotech.

MKS intends to fund the cash portion of the transaction with a combination of available cash on hand and committed debt financing. The combined company is expected to have pro forma net cash and investments of approximately $800 million and total debt outstanding of $5.3 billion at closing, with an estimated gross leverage ratio of under 4.0 times and net leverage ratio of under 3.5 times.2 MKS has also obtained a commitment to replace its current $100 million asset-based revolving credit facility with a $500 million revolving credit facility.

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