Brooks Automation Inc. announced Monday a deal to sell its Semiconductor Solutions Group business for $3.0 billion in cash to Thomas H. Lee Partners L.P. Brooks' automation business recorded revenue of $613 million in revenue in the last 12 months through June 30, which compares with total revenue of about $1.1 billion over the same time, according to FactSet data. Brooks expects the deal to close in the first half of 2022. As a result of the deal, Brooks said it will no longer pursue its previously announced plans to split into two separate publicly traded companies, one a life-sciences company and the other an automation-technology company. Brooks' stock slipped 0.2% in premarket trading Monday, but outperformed its chip-sector peers and the broader stock market, as the VanEck Semiconductor ETF (NAS:SMH) dropped 1.3% and futures (CME:ES00) for the S&P 500 (S&P:SPX) slid 1.3%.
Sept. 20, 2021, 6:46 a.m. EDT