SMART Global Holdings (SGH) completed its acquisition of Stratus Technologies, a global provider of simplified, protected and autonomous computing solutions in the data center and at the edge.
“We are excited to welcome the global team members at Stratus to our SGH family. We see significant opportunity to expand our portfolio of innovative computing solutions and services with the combination of Stratus and our Intelligent Platform Solutions group,” Mark Adams, president and CEO of SGH, said. “This transaction is yet another milestone in our transformational journey and provides a platform of growth for our customers, partners, employees and shareholders.”
Stratus will operate within SGH’s intelligent platform solutions (IPS) business group. With its high-availability compute platforms, unique service offerings and broad Fortune 100 customer base, Stratus complements the current IPS portfolio focused on HPC, AI, Edge and IoT technologies. Together, they will support industry demand for edge, core and cloud solutions that benefit customers worldwide and unlock additional growth for SGH.
Stratus will continue to be led by Dave Laurello, who has been president and CEO of Stratus since 2000, and will now also serve as SGH’s senior vice president of corporate development. In this new combined role, Laurello will work closely with SGH’s CEO, Mark Adams, and the president of IPS, Thierry Pellegrino.
The purchase price payable at the closing of the transaction was $225 million, subject to customary working capital and other adjustments. Also, SGH will be obligated to pay contingent consideration (if any) of up to $50 million based on the gross profit performance of the Stratus business during the first full 12 fiscal months of Stratus following the closing. The transaction is expected to be immediately accretive to non-GAAP gross margin, non-GAAP EPS and free cash flow.
On August 29, 2022, SGH completed an incremental amendment to its existing credit agreement, dated as of February 7, 2022, with the lenders party thereto and Citizens Bank, as administrative agent, collateral agent and an issuing bank. The incremental amendment provides for, among other things, incremental term loans under the amended credit agreement in an aggregate amount of $300 million, with the same terms as the term loans incurred under the original credit agreement.
Substantially simultaneously with entering into the incremental amendment, the borrowers applied a portion of the proceeds of the incremental term loans to finance a portion of the closing purchase price for Stratus and pay in full the amount of $101.8 million outstanding under that certain promissory note, dated as of June 24, 2022, between CreeLED and Wolfspeed.
The amended credit agreement matures on February 7, 2027. Loan interest will be based on a total leverage ratio grid and will initially bear interest at the term secured overnight financing rate plus 2.00% in accordance with SGH’s existing pricing grid at the closing of the acquisition.