Intel to Sell NAND Flash Memory Business to SK Hynix for $9 Billion

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The world’s second-largest chipmaker, South Korea’s SK Hynix, on Tuesday declare a $9 billion (roughly Rs. 66,000 crores) deal to purchase Intel’s flash reminiscence chip operation because it seeks to bolster its place in anticipation of rival behemoth Samsung Electronics.

SK Hynix is already the world no. two maker of DRAM chips, utilized in computer systems and servers, and the second-largest chipmaker general.

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But it has lagged out there for flash reminiscence, or NAND chips, that are utilized in on a regular basis units resembling smartphones and USB storage drives, in addition to industrial and medical tools.

In a regulatory submitting, SK Hynix mentioned it’s going to purchase Intel’s “total NAND enterprise division excluding the Optane division” for KRW 10.Three trillion (roughly Rs. 66,300 crores), with Intel’s manufacturing unit in Dalian, China, included within the deal.

SK Hynix ranked fourth by international NAND sales within the second quarter this yr, in keeping with market researcher Trendforce. Intel was sixth.

Their mixture will see SK Hynix leapfrog Japan’s Kioxia and Western Digital of the United States into second place with a market share of greater than 23 p.c, the Trendforce numbers confirmed.

The NAND and DRAM markets are each dominated by Samsung Electronics, and international chip demand has boosted income for the 2 South Korean companies in recent times.

The pair compete to produce chips to American giants resembling Apple, Dell and HP, in addition to Chinese corporations.

The Intel acquisition would strengthen the NAND operations of SK Hynix, which have “not been as robust as its different companies”, mentioned Ahn Ki-hyun, vice-president of the Korea Semiconductor Industry Association.

“With the deal, the corporate has firmly cemented its second-largest place within the international semiconductor trade,” he added.

“In the long term, the deal paves a approach for it to develop into additional aggressive in anticipation of Samsung.”

Shares down

The founding firm of SK Hynix was initially a part of the Hyundai group, one of many family-controlled conglomerates often called chaebol that dominate enterprise on the earth’s 12th-largest financial system.

In 2012, a multi-billion-dollar merger noticed it develop into a part of the SK Group, the third-largest of the chaebols, headed by Chey Tae-won, who’s presently married to the daughter of late South Korean president Roh Tae-woo.

SK Hynix has grown to develop into a serious firm in its personal right and is the second most beneficial firm listed on Seoul’s KOSPI inventory market with a market capitalisation of KRW 62 trillion (roughly Rs. 3,99,220 crores), behind just Samsung Electronics.

But SK Hynix shares have been down greater than two p.c on the announcement in morning commerce.

Its CEO Seok-Hee Lee mentioned in a press release that the Intel acquisition will allow the agency to “proactively reply to varied wants from clients and optimise our enterprise construction”, and make its NAND flash market place “comparable with what we achieved in DRAM”.

The assertion cited Intel CEO Bob Swan saying the deal permits the US agency to give attention to “differentiated automation where we will play a much bigger function within the success of our clients”.

The acquisition might be paid for in money, funded by current reserves and borrowing, SK Hynix mentioned.

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