Littelfuse to Acquire Circuit Protection Business from TE Connectivity

CHICAGO,  November 9, 2015 – Littelfuse, Inc. (NASDAQ:LFUS) today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the circuit protection business of TE Connectivity Ltd. (NYSE: TEL) for $350 million in cash.  This business has a leading position in polymer-based resettable circuit protection devices with a strong global presence in the automotive, battery, industrial, communications and mobile computing markets.  The business is headquartered in Menlo Park, California with manufacturing facilities in Shanghai and Kunshan, China and Tsukuba, Japan.

“This business is an excellent strategic fit with Littelfuse,” said Gordon Hunter, CEO of Littelfuse.  “It will expand our global circuit protection product portfolio as well as our presence in the automotive electronics and battery end markets.  This business has a long history of technology innovation and new product development, and its synergies with our existing circuit protection business will drive deeper engagement with our customers and channel partners.  The business will also significantly increase our presence in Japan and serve as a platform for future growth.”  
Transaction Highlights

The TE circuit protection business had estimated revenue of $190 million in fiscal 2015 with an EBITDA margin of approximately 20%.  The company expects the transaction to be immediately accretive to earnings excluding acquisition and integration related costs.  The company expects cost synergies of at least $10 million annually starting in 2017.

The transaction, which was approved by the Littelfuse Board of Directors, is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals. The acquisition is expected to close in the first quarter of 2016 and will be financed through a combination of cash on hand and bank debt.  Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen and Katz is acting as legal advisor to Littelfuse.

Conference Call and Webcast Information
Littelfuse will hold a conference call for investors on Monday, November 9, at 9:00 a.m. CST to discuss this announcement. The call will be broadcast live over the Internet and be accessed through the company’s website, including presentation materials. Listeners should go to the website at least 15 minutes prior to the call to download and install any necessary audio software. An audio replay of the call will be available on the company’s website beginning November 9.

About Littelfuse
Founded in 1927, Littelfuse is the world leader in protection with growing global platforms in power controls and sensing. The company serves global customers in the electronics, automotive and industrial markets with technologies including fuses, semiconductors, polymers, ceramics, relays and sensors. Littelfuse has over 8,000 employees in more than 35 locations throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information, please visit the Littelfuse website:

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Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
The information provided in this press release includes the non-GAAP financial measure EBITDA margin. This non-GAAP financial measure should not be considered in isolation or a substitute for the comparable GAAP measure. Management uses this non-GAAP measure to compare operating results to other industry participants. A reconciliation of EBITDA margin to the most directly comparable GAAP measure is not accessible without unreasonable effort due to the nature of the acquisition, particularly the acquisition of certain, but not all, assets of the seller.