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Why Rofin-Sinar Technologies Shares Soared Today

By Evan Niu, CFA – Mar 17, 2016 at 1:00PM

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Coherent is scooping up its smaller peer.

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What: Shares of laser specialist Rofin-Sinar Technologies (RSTI) have soared today, up 38% as of 12:28 p.m. ET, after entering into an agreement to be acquired by Coherent (COHR).

So what: Larger peer Coherent is scooping up Rofin for $32.50 per share, valuing the smaller company at $942 million. Coherent CEO John Ambroseo says the two companies will complement each other and accelerate growth opportunities while increasing scale. The combined entity will be more diversified and better able to serve customer needs.

Now what: The deal is expected to be accretive to earnings per share in the first full year after closing, and Coherent says it should realize $30 million in annualized run rate synergies within the first 18 to 24 months after closing. This will be accomplished through greater efficiencies across the board and leveraging the scale of the combined company. There will also be some cost savings in R&D expenses. Coherent will fund the purchase with cash on hand in addition to debt financing. The deal is expected to close within six to nine months.

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