• United States
by Dan Nystedt

Taiwan’s Asustek gains approval to buy Askey

Jan 17, 20061 min

Asustek Computer, the world’s largest maker of computer motherboards and one of Taiwan’s biggest technology companies, has received final government approval to acquire a Taiwanese maker of networking devices.

The deal to buy Askey Computer will add products such as computer modems, cable wireless modems and VoIP gateways to Asustek’s offerings — product areas the company had not previously counted as strong points. Asustek is already one of Asia’s largest contract manufacturers of electronic goods, including making laptops for Apple Computer, in addition to game consoles and other devices.

Asustek plans to issue 72.4 million new shares of its stock to complete the acquisition, trading the stock at a ratio of one of its own shares for every seven Askey shares. The deal is valued at NT$7.82 billion (US$245 million) based on Asustek’s current stock market price of NT$108.

The record date of the merger has been set for March 1, 2006, according to Asustek.