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Chinese Group Offers $1.67 Billion for Chipmaker OmniVision

The company, whose chips are used in smartphone and tablet cameras, has been gaining market share in China.

OmniVision Technologies

U.S. digital imaging chipmaker OmniVision Technologies said it received a buyout proposal from a group of investors led by China’s Hua Capital Management.

The proposed offer price of $29 per share in cash values OmniVision at $1.67 billion and represents a premium of 17.9 percent to the stock’s Wednesday close.

OmniVision shares touched a high of $28.34 in early trading on the Nasdaq.

The investment group includes state-owned Shanghai Pudong Science and Technology Investment Co Ltd, OmniVision said.

The company’s chips are used in smartphone and tablet cameras, including Apple’s iPhones.

OmniVision competes with Sony, Samsung and Himax Technologies.

The company, based in Santa Clara, Calif., is gaining market share against its key competitors in the Chinese smartphone market, helped by strong demand for image sensors and the lower cost of its products, analysts at Baird Equity Research wrote in a note last month.

“We believe OmniVision has the No. 1 market share position in the tier-one smartphone OEM (original equipment manufacturer) segment in China,” the analysts added.

OmniVision said it was evaluating the proposal and that JP Morgan Securities was its financial adviser.

The company reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter profit and revenue in May, helped by higher gross margins and lower inventories.

Up to Wednesday’s close, the stock had risen more than 40 percent this year.

(Reporting by Abhirup Roy and Soham Chatterjee in Bangalore; Editing by Kirti Pandey and Simon Jennings)

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