Acquisition expands Avnet's footprint in the Defense Aerospace
announced today that it has agreed to acquire substantially all of the
operating assets of Universal
Semiconductor, Inc., "USI Electronics," a distributor of discrete
semiconductor, passive and electromechanical components to the military
and aerospace customers. USI Electronics services a broad customer base
of small, medium, and large OEM business partners and differentiates
itself by having the flexibility to provide same day shipping, same day
tape and reeling, and personalized service while offering the
technological solutions necessary to compete as a world-class global
distributor. This transaction is expected to close within thirty days
and will be integrated into Avnet Electronics Marketing, Americas.
"This acquisition is of strategic importance as it enhances our
competitive position in the higher value defense and aerospace segment,"
said Ed Smith, president Electronics Marketing, Americas. "USI is a
respected leader and established player in the space with a strong
emphasis on providing business partners a best-in-class experience.
Their value proposition complements our strategy as we extend our
leading position in serving the electronic component needs of this vital
Founded in 1982, with headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USI
Electronics operates on the premise that military component purchasing
is made easier by offering superior specialized service. USI's
philosophy is to solve the complex component needs of the military
customer via a service team offering exceptional product knowledge and
service backed by inventory depth and breadth. USI Electronics has 58
employees across five offices in US and one in Denmark. The company
generated revenue of approximately US $70 million in the 2011 calendar
This acquisition is expected to be immediately accretive to earnings and
supports Avnet's return on capital goal of 12.5%.
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a Fortune 500 company, is one of the largest distributors of
electronic components, computer products and embedded technology serving
customers globally. Avnet accelerates its partners' success by
connecting the world's leading technology suppliers with a broad base of
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