AMSTERDAM: ASML Holding NV, the world's largest supplier of equipment to computer chip manufacturers, said that Intel Corp intends to take a 15% stake in the company for around US$3.07 billion and also help fund research into new technologies.
Other large ASML customers may also take equity stakes.
In an emailed statement Monday, ASML said it may ultimately issue up to 4.19 billion euro (US$5.15 billion) worth of shares, or a 25% stake.
However, under the deal's complicated structure, current shareholders would not be diluted, as ASML would distribute the proceeds to existing shareholders, and then carry out a reverse share split.
Intel said in a statement it will first take a 10% share in ASML and then another 5%, pending regulatory and shareholder approval, paying €39.91 (US$49.08) per share.
ASML said other major customers — which include South Korea's Samsung and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Ltd. — were also considering equity investments. (AP/T05/TW)