Inphi soars 27% on report chipmaker Marvell is in talks to buy it for $10 billion

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  • Semiconductor firm Inphi leapt as much as 27% on Thursday after the Wall Street Journal reported that Marvell Technology could buy the company for as much as $10 billion.
  • A deal could come as soon as next week, sources told the Journal.
  • The potential agreement would add to Marvell’s reach in the networking industry, which has been one of Inphi’s strongest growth-drivers this year.
  • The deal marks the second biggest tie-up this week in the semiconductor industry.
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Inphi Corp shares soared as much as 27% on Thursday after the Wall Street Journal reported that chipmaker Marvell Technology is in talks to buy the California-based company for as much as $10 billion. 

A deal could be reached by next week if talks don’t fall through. It would mark the second biggest merger in the semiconductor industry this week after Xilinx and AMD’s finalized agreement.

An agreement would add to Marvell’s scope in the networking industry, which has been one of the strongest drivers behind Inphi’s 50% stock boost this year, WSJ said.

Inphi, which counts Microsoft and Cisco amongst its biggest clients, provides semiconductor components to networking original equipment manufacturers, cloud, and telecom service providers.

Inphi closed Wednesday with a market capitalization of $5.7 billion. The early Thursday rally showed shares trading at $148 a share in pre-market, but moved to around $137 after market open.

Marvell sank 6% on Thursday, but its shares are still up 59% year-to-date.

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Marvell primarily develops integrated circuits and supplies storage controllers for hard-disk and solid-state drives, and data center storage. Demand for storage products has been on the rise as the data boom continues. Its last major deal was in 2018 when it acquired Cavium for about $6 billion.

The purchase would also be the fourth major semiconductor deal of the year after Analog Devices bought Maxim Integrated Products for $20 billion and Nvidia bought Arm Holdings for $40 billion.

Inphi and Marvell did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s requests for comment.

Marvell closed at $39.53 a share on Wednesday.

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