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Coherent Calls Latest II-VI Bid Superior to Prior Proposals

II-VI lifted its bid for Coherent to a mix of $220 cash and 0.91 share for each Coherent shares. Coherent says the bid is superior to prior proposals.

II-VI  (iiVI)  lifted its offer for Coherent  (COHR) - Get Coherent, Inc. Report, and the laser-technology company called the suitor's bid superior to prior proposals.

II-VI's latest proposal calls for it to pay $220 cash plus 0.91 share for each Coherent share. 

The board of Coherent, Santa Clara, Calif., informed II-VI that the new proposal is superior to the revised proposal it received from Lumentum Holdings  (LITE) - Get Lumentum Holdings, Inc. Report  yesterday. 

Lumentum, the San Jose, Calif., provider of optical and photonic products, said it has until midnight Pacific Time Monday, March 22, to amend its own recently raised proposal. 

On Wednesday, Lumentum raised its offer to $220 per share in cash and 0.61 shares per Coherent share. The total value of that deal was estimated to be $6.9 billion. That bid was up from its previous offer that valued the company at $6.6 billion.

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Under terms of the companies' merger agreement, Coherent would be required to pay Lumentum a $217.6 million termination fee if it chooses a rival bid. 

Last week, MKS Instruments  (MKSI) - Get MKS Instruments, Inc. Report abandoned its bid to buy Coherent after Coherent chose a proposal to be acquired by II-VI, the Saxonburg, Pa., maker of engineered materials. 

At the time, Coherent set a deadline by which Lumentum, by which it already had agreed to be acquired, had to at least match II-VI's offer. 

As part of Lumentum's revised proposal, the Menlo Park, Calif., private-equity group Silver Lake said it would make a $1 billion equity investment in the combined company. 

Coherent shares at last check were 2.6% higher at $263.55. Shares of Lumentum dropped 2.6% to $86.08 while II-VI fell 4.2% to $70.28.