Western Digital will buy Hitachi GST

Western Digital has announced today that will acquire one of its primary competitors, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST), the HDD subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. The deal is valued at approximately $4.3 billion and is expected to close during the third calendar quarter of 2011.

Under the terms of the agreement, WD will acquire Hitachi GST for $3.5 billion in cash and 25 million WD common shares valued at $750 million, based on a WD closing stock price of $30.01 as of March 4, 2011. Hitachi, Ltd. will own 10%  percent part of Western Digital and will have two representatives to the WD board of directors. The transaction has been approved by the board of directors of each company and is expected to close during the third calendar quarter of 2011, subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals.

Western Digital buy HitechiGST

The “new extended” Western Digital company will remain its headquartered in Irvine, California and John Coyne as a chief executive officer of WD, Tim Leyden chief operating officer and Wolfgang Nickl chief financial officer, while the president and chief executive officer of Hitachi GST – Steve Milligan, will join WD at closing as president, reporting to John Coyne.

“The acquisition of Hitachi GST is a unique opportunity for WD to create further value for our customers, stockholders, employees, suppliers and the communities in which we operate,” said John Coyne, president and chief executive officer of WD. “We believe this step will result in several key benefits—enhanced R&D capabilities, innovation and expansion of a rich product portfolio, comprehensive market coverage and scale that will enhance our cost structure and ability to compete in a dynamic marketplace. The skills and contributions of both workforces were key considerations in assessing this compelling opportunity. We will be relying on the proven integration capabilities of both companies to assure the ongoing satisfaction of our customers and to bring this combination to successful fruition.”

Source: Western Digital

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