(Reuters) Shares of Marvell were up 1% while shares of Cavium were up 7.7% to $81.70 in premarket trading on Monday.
Under the deal, Marvell will offer $40.00 per share in cash and 2.1757 of its shares for each Cavium share.
The exchange ratio was based on a purchase price of $80 per share, using Marvell’s undisturbed price prior to 3 November, when media reports of the transaction first surfaced.
Offer an 11% premium
Marvell’s offer of $84.15 - based on the stock’s close on Friday - represents a premium of 11% to Cavium’s close, according to a Reuters calculation.
Hamilton, Bermuda-based Marvell makes chips for storage devices while San Jose, California-based Cavium builds network equipment.
“With Marvell facing secular challenges on its core chip business, this acquisition is a smart strategic move which puts the company in a stronger competitive position for the coming years,” said GBH Insights analyst Daniel Ives.
Under activist pressure
Marvell, which has been trying to diversify from its storage devices business, had come under pressure from Starboard Value last year, when the activist investor called the company undervalued.
“This is an exciting combination of two very complementary companies that together equal more than the sum of their parts,” Marvell’s chief executive Matt Murphy said in a statement.
Marvell plans to fund the deal with a combination of cash on hand from the combined companies and $1.75bn in debt financing, the company said.
On heels of Broadcom bid for Qualcomm
Earlier this month, chipmaker Qualcomm rejected rival Broadcom $103bn takeover bid, one of the biggest ever in technology dealmaking.
Goldman Sachs was the financial adviser to Marvell while Qatalyst Partners and JP Morgan Securities were the financial advisers to Cavium.