Intel terminates $5.4 billion acquisition of Tower Semiconductor

Intel has terminated the $5.4 billion deal to acquire Israel-based chip company Tower Semiconductor, citing regulatory hurdles. The deal, announced in February 2022, was intended to help scale Intel’s foundry services and was expected to close within 12 months of being made public.

“After careful consideration and thorough discussions and having received no indications regarding certain required regulatory approval, both parties have agreed to terminate their merger agreement having passed the August 15, 2023 outside date,” Tower Semiconductor said in a statement.

Therefore, despite the unanimous approval by the Intel and Tower boards of directors, the former must now pay the latter a termination fee of $353 million in accordance with terms of the agreement. And while it has not been disclosed which regulatory bodies the company has been wrestling with, Reuters reported challenges with Chinese authorities.

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