Shares of Finisar were rising significantly, up 14.4% to $21.59 early Friday. II-VI’s stock was down 17.8%.
Under the deal, II-VI is buying Finisar in a “merger” agreement of cash and shares of II-VI common stock. The transaction values Finisar at $26 a share, or about $3.2 billion in equity value. Finisar shareholders would own nearly a third of the combined company.
II-VI is a maker of electronics components, developing engineered materials and opto-electronic components.
Just a year ago, Apple invested $390 million in Finisar to increase the company’s research and development and production of a type of laser used in Apple’s iPhone X camera.
With the Finisar buy, II-VI said the company would become a “formidable” industry leader in photonics and compound semiconductor products for communications, consumer electronics, military, industrial processing lasers, automotive semiconductor equipment and life sciences.
Together, II-VI and Finisar will employ more than 24,000 in 70 locations worldwide, said II-VI.