National Instruments Acquires OptimalPlus for $365 Million

National Instruments Corporation (NI), a provider of software-defined platform that accelerates the development and performance of automated test and automated measurement systems, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire OptimalPlus, a global leader in data analytics software for the semiconductor, automotive and electronics industries. The acquisition will expand NI’s enterprise software capabilities to provide customers with business-critical insights through advanced product analytics across their product development flow and supply chain.

NI and OptimalPlus serve highly complementary positions in the semiconductor, automotive and electronics industries. NI test systems are used in semiconductor manufacturing with OptimalPlus serving as a leading supplier of semiconductor manufacturing data analytics. Similarly, the NI automotive and electronics production test offerings are complementary to OptimalPlus’ growing automotive and electronics analytics business. Combining the strength of NI’s software-centric approach with OptimalPlus’ enterprise-level analytics software is expected to dramatically increase the value of test and manufacturing data, enabling product insights that will improve quality, efficiency and time to market for both NI and OptimalPlus customers.

The addition of OptimalPlus’ data analytics capabilities will enable NI to accelerate growth strategy by increasing enterprise-level value for shared customers in the semiconductor and automotive industries. During this age of digital transformation, NI remain committed to delivering innovative software and systems that leverage a robust data platform to address customers’ business challenges.

The OptimalPlus team feels that NI is the ideal partner to help them accelerate innovation and increase sales opportunities through advanced product analytics. It is evident that they share the unique commitment to high-quality software tools and need for world-class customer experience. The acquisition by a technology leader like NI is testament to the leading-edge innovation delivered by thier R&D, Product and Data Science teams in Israel and to the great dedication and commitment of their employees across the world. Together with NI, it will provide enterprise-level analytics to enable customers to achieve their digital transformation objectives while expanding the customer reach.

The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approval. The transaction is valued at $365 million and expected to close in early Q3 2020. OptimalPlus had 2019 revenue of $51 million and employs approximately 240 employees. Due to the highly complementary nature of the companies, there will be minimal cost synergies from this transaction. NI plans to fund the transaction through a combination of cash on hand and debt.