Japan’s TDK to buy U.S. chip maker InvenSense for $1.3 billion

The logo of TDK Corp. is displayed at the entrance of the company headquarters building in Tokyo

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese electronic parts maker TDK Corp <6762.T> said it had agreed to buy InvenSense Inc <INVN.N>, a U.S. chip maker that produces motion sensors for Apple Inc <AAPL.O> and Samsung Electronics Co <005930.KS>, for $1.33 billion.

In a statement on Wednesday, TDK said it will pay $13 per share to buy all of InvenSense, representing a 19.9 percent premium to the U.S. company’s closing price on Tuesday.

Earlier this month, Reuters reported TDK was in talks to buy InvenSense.

The deal would allow TDK, already a major smartphone components supplier, to boost its sensor technology offerings. InvenSense designs gyroscopes which help smartphones calculate motion, enabling augmented reality games such as Pokemon Go.

BofA Merrill Lynch was the financial adviser for TDK, while Qatalyst Partners advised InvenSense.

(Reporting by Taiga Uranaka; Editing by Himani Sarkar)