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Cree to sell LED business to SMART Global Holdings for up to $300 million

Christian Fernsby ▼ | October 19, 2020
Cree announced that the company has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its LED Products business unit (Cree LED) to SMART Global Holdings for up to $300 million, including fixed upfront and deferred payments and contingent consideration.
Cree LED
Under the terms of the agreement, which has been approved by the company’s board of directors, Cree expects to receive an initial cash payment of $50 million upon closing and $125 million to be paid upon maturity of a seller note issued by SMART to Cree due August 2023.

Cree also has the potential to receive an earn-out payment of up to $125 million based on the revenue and gross profit performance of Cree LED in the first full four quarters post-transaction close, also payable in the form of a three year seller note.