"Can't buy me love, everybody tells me so
Can't buy me love, no no no, no!"
-- From "Can't Buy Me Love" by Lennon/McCartney, 1964
Paul McCartney later figured out that money can buy love. TTM Technologies
Four years ago, circuit board manufacturer TTM doubled its payrolls when it bought the circuit board operations of the old Tyco conglomerate. (Man, that takes me back.) Now little TTM has done it again, doubling its sales in one fell swoop by combining with Hong Kong-based rival Meadville.
Like TTM, Meadville has a focus on high-end technologies. But the companies have very little overlap in their customer lists, because TTM's exposure is mostly stateside, while Meadville is a Chinese operation through and through. TTM's largest customers include American defense giants like Raytheon
That's right: TTM may well supply circuit boards to that shiny new iPad on your coffee table. Cross-selling quick-delivery, American-made boards to Meadville clients, and cheaper but less time-sensitive Chinese designs to TTM's existing customer base, should make this combination greater than the sum of its parts.
It's a cash-and-stock deal that leaves 45% of TTM's ownership in the hands of former Meadville owners. Together, Meadville and TTM make a global operation with $1.35 billion in annual sales. The combination will add to TTM's bottom line from day one.
This merger has created the third-largest circuit-board manufacturer in the world, after runaway leaders Flextronics
It's no wonder why our CAPS members love this five-star stock. I'm heading over there to nod in agreement and rate TTMI "outperform" right now, and you're welcome to follow my lead. Money can buy you love, after all.
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