ChipMOS and Tsinghua Unigroup agree to form joint-venture

ChipMOS TECHNOLOGIES INC. and Tsinghua Unigroup Ltd. (“Tsinghua Unigroup”) today announced an agreement to form a joint-venture and to mutually terminate Tsinghua Unigroup’s earlier private placement plan.

Under the joint-venture agreement, ChipMOS TECHNOLOGIES (BVI) LTD., a wholly owned subsidiary of ChipMOS Taiwan, will sell 54.98% of the equity interests of its wholly owned subsidiary, ChipMOS TECHNOLOGIES (Shanghai) LTD., to a group led by Tsinghua Unigroup, for approximately RMB 498.4 million (approximately NT$2,437 million or US$77 million). After the consummation of such equity interest transfer, ChipMOS BVI will own 45.02% of the equity interests of ChipMOS Shanghai, Tsinghua Unigroup through its subsidiary, Tibet Unigroup Guowei Investment Co., Ltd. (“Unigroup Guowei”) will own 48%, and other strategic investors, including a limited partnership owned by ChipMOS Shanghai’s employees will own 6.98%. The investment will be used to expand the capacity of and services offered by ChipMOS Shanghai. The joint-venture agreement has been approved by the Board of Directors of ChipMOS Taiwan.

S.J. Cheng, Chairman of ChipMOS, commented, “We are pleased to reach this joint-venture agreement with Tsinghua Unigroup, which has been at the forefront of the rapidly evolving global semiconductor value chain. As a leader of the semiconductor assembly and test segment, ChipMOS will be able to leverage our extensive expertise and relationships, R&D resources and technology roadmap to meet a critical need within the Tsinghua Unigroup portfolio as it works to meet expanding domestic China market. The joint-venture will allow us accelerate the planned expansion of ChipMOS Shanghai, while adding on new lines to given the higher demand we are seeing for our LCD driver ICs, touch driver, AMOLED, OLED and memory testing, assembly and bumping services. Tsinghua Unigroup is committed to actively supporting the company across its comprehensive semiconductor supply chain investment portfolio, as we work to mutually grow the sustainable revenue and profit of ChipMOS Shanghai over the long-term, while promoting the interests of all shareholders and employees.”

Details of Joint-Venture Agreement and Termination Agreement

  1. A mutual agreement was reached between ChipMOS and Tsinghua Unigroup to terminate Tsinghua Unigroup’s participation in a planned private placement of ChipMOS Taiwan:On December 11, 2015, the Board of Directors of ChipMOS Taiwan adopted a resolution to approve a private placement of common shares in which 299,252,000 private placement shares issued by ChipMOS Taiwan would be subscribed by a controlled entity of Tsinghua Unigroup at NT$ 40 per share, and ChipMOS Taiwan and Tsinghua Unigroup entered into the Share Subscription Agreement with other transaction documents on the same date. The aforementioned private placement was subsequently approved by a resolution of ChipMOS Taiwan’s shareholders meeting on January 28, 2016, and the subscriber, Tibet MaoYeChuangXin Investment LTD., also entered into another Share Subscription Agreement and other transaction documents with ChipMOS Taiwan.All parties have agreed to mutually terminate the Share Subscription Agreement and other transaction documents. ChipMOS Taiwan held a Board meeting to terminate the aforementioned private placement, and entered into the Termination Agreement with Tsinghua Unigroup and the subscriber, respectively.
  2. Under the joint-venture agreement announced today, ChipMOS BVI, a wholly owned subsidiary of ChipMOS Taiwan, will sell 54.98% of the equity interests of its China subsidiary, ChipMOS Shanghai, to strategic investors led by Tsinghua Unigroup, and will further increase the capital of ChipMOS Shanghai with such strategic investors according to their respective shareholding ratio. The sale of the 54.98% equity interest is expected to result in a gain to ChipMOS Taiwan of approximately NT$2,288 million(approximately NT$2.67 per ChipMOS Taiwan share) upon the transaction’s close primarily due to a gain on the appreciation of fixed assets and land use rights.ChipMOS BVI, a wholly owned subsidiary of ChipMOS Taiwan, originally owned 100% of equity interests of ChipMOS Shanghai. ChipMOS and ChipMOS BVI entered into the Equity Interest Purchase Agreement and the Agreement for China-Foreign Joint Venture with each strategic investor respectively, such as Unigroup Guowei, an indirectly wholly owned subsidiary of Tsinghua Unigroup, and the limited partnership owned by ChipMOS Shanghai’s employees, selling 54.98% of equity interests of ChipMOS Shanghai at the price of around RMB 498.4 million to strategic investors including Unigroup Guowei and others, and the limited partnership owned by ChipMOS Shanghai’s employees (hereinafter collectively as “Purchasers”). After the consummation of such equity interest transfer, ChipMOS BVI will own 45.02% of equity interests of ChipMOS Shanghai, Unigroup Guowei will own 48% of equity interests of ChipMOS Shanghai, and other strategic investors and the limited partnership owned by ChipMOS Shanghai’s employees will own 6.98% of equity interests of ChipMOS Shanghai. ChipMOS BVI will increase capital to ChipMOS Shanghai, by the funds obtained from selling equity interests of ChipMOS Shanghai, with the Purchasers according to their respective shareholding ratio, and except the foregoing funds, ChipMOS BVI does not inject any additional funds to ChipMOS Shanghai. ChipMOS Shanghai is expected to gain additional cash of approximately RMB 1,074.0 million from a capital increase after the deal closes.

S.J. Cheng, Chairman of ChipMOS, added, “We have been steadily ramping production at ChipMOS Shanghai as part of a three-year capacity expansion plan, which is aligned with the increasing customer demand levels for semiconductor testing and assembly services in Mainland China and our goal of achieving sustainable profitability at ChipMOS Shanghai. Other than the US$42 millioncapital contribution invested and US$33 million bank loan facility secured formerly, the additional RMB 1,074.0 million capital contribution will help us achieve our targeted economies of scale and our long-term goals. We are also pleased as the joint-venture structure brings powerful strategic partners to ChipMOS Shanghai in a structure that will benefit all shareholders.”

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