(By Balaseshan) Brooks Automation Inc. (NASDAQ: BRKS) said it has agreed to buy Fremont, California-based provider of automation products primarily to global Semiconductor Front End markets Crossing Automation Inc.
The cash purchase price is $63 million, subject to adjustment for actual working capital at closing.
"We are excited to welcome some significant talent into Brooks as a result of this transaction and seek to maximize the technical capabilities of the combined companies while generating significant cost synergies through the integration process. With those synergies, we project meaningful accretion in fiscal 2013 and beyond," said Steve Schwartz, Chief Executive of Brooks.
The company said Crossing has a product and customer franchise that is complementary to Brooks and the acquisition will meaningfully expand Brooks' capabilities in atmospheric automation.
A significant proportion of Crossing's revenues are generated from product and service sales to end users resulting in additional diversification of the company's served customer base, the company noted.
The company indicated that further details related to the acquisition and the integration goals will be provided on the regularly scheduled earnings call on November 8, 2012.
Brooks Automation expects to complete the acquisition by the end of this month upon satisfaction of customary closing conditions.
BRKS closed Friday's regular session at $7.22. The stock has been trading between $7.08 and $12.65 for the past 52 weeks.