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Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (NYSE: VSH), one of the world’s largest manufacturers of discrete semiconductors and passive components, today announced various cost reduction programs as part of its continuous efforts to improve efficiency and operating performance.
The programs primarily focus on a plan to enhance the competitiveness of its MOSFETs segment and a voluntary separation / early retirement offer to certain employees Company-wide. The Company also plans to implement two other smaller cost reduction programs concerning the manufacturing of products within its Diodes segment. The programs in total are expected to lower costs by approximately $36 million per year when fully implemented by the first quarter of 2016, at expected cash costs of approximately $26 million.
The project for the MOSFETs segment will extend over a period of approximately two years. The manufacture of wafers for certain critical products will be transferred into a more cost-efficient fab. As a consequence, certain other wafer manufacturing currently occurring in-house will be transferred to third-party foundries.
The total cash costs associated with the MOSFETs initiatives, principally severance, are expected to be approximately $10 million. Once fully implemented, the Company anticipates that the MOSFETs programs will result in an annual reduction in variable and fixed manufacturing costs of approximately $23 million at current volumes.
Commenting on the MOSFETs programs, Dr. Gerald Paul, Vishay’s President and Chief Executive Officer stated, “We are optimistic about the long-term prospects of the MOSFETs segment and continue to make capital and R&D investments in this business.”
The voluntary separation / early retirement offer will be made to employees worldwide who are eligible because they will have met job classification, age, and/or years-of-service criteria as of October 31, 2013. The program benefits vary by country and job classification, but generally offer a cash loyalty bonus. All responses are due, subject to applicable rescission rights, on or before March 28, 2014. The voluntary separation / early retirement program will not impact manufacturing operations or the Company’s Growth Plan. The Company’s named executive officers (as defined in its proxy statement) and certain other key employees, generally research, development, and engineering personnel, are not eligible for the voluntary separation / early retirement program. The effective separation / retirement date for most eligible employees who accept the offer will be June 30, 2014 or earlier, with a few exceptions to allow for a transition period.