Imagination preps for IPO or company sale

September 13, 2021 // By Peter Clarke
Imagination preps for IPO or company sale
IP cores licensor Imagination Technologies Ltd. (Kings Langley, England) is considering a return to the stock market or a company sale, according to a Bloomberg report.

Imagination, best known for the PowerVR range of grahics processing cores used in mobile phones, is working with Lazard Ltd to explore options, the report said referencing unnamed sources.

Imagination was a public company and major supplier to Apple but when Apple announced a move away from using Imagination's IP the share price collapsed forcing a sell off of the company in 2017 (see Apple dumping GPUs: Imagination in discussions ). Imagination was bought by China-backed private equity firm Canyon Bridge Capital Partners (see Imagination, MIPS to be sold to China-, California-connected VCs ) for about £550 million (about US$760 million).

Imagination subsequently renewed its deal with Apple (see Apple able to use more Imagination IP under renewed deal ).

However, Imagination's relationship with China Reform Fund Management, the state-owned fund that backs its private equity owner, came under scrutiny in 2020 when managers resigned over an attempt to appoint directors and a possible attempt to move the company's headquarters to China (see Management threat stalls China's Imagination coup ).

The UK government sought to extract promises from Canyon Bridge that the company and its technology would not be substantially relocated to China.

Related links and articles:

www.imgtec.com

News articles:

Apple dumping Imagination GPUs: in discussions

Imagination, MIPS to be sold to China-, California-connected VCs

How much did Apple pay to settle with Imagination?

Management threat stalls China's Imagination coup


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