According to Reuters, the weakness of the memory market accelerated the negotiations.
Western Digital and Kioxia, formerly operating as Toshiba Memory, have been partnering with each other in the production and development of NAND flash memories for some time, creating a mutually beneficial business background for each other. In January of this year, however, the idea of a merger arose, which was already on the table in 2021, but they could not agree on it then. However, the memory market has now changed so much that a Reuters according to his information, negotiations regarding the merger have accelerated.
If the two companies succeed in merging, Western Digital would own 43% of the combined company, Kioxia would own 37%, and existing shareholders would share the remaining 20%.
One of the biggest challenges of the merger is competition law investigations, as both the USA and China would analyze the situation, after all, the resulting company would own a third of the market for NAND flash chips, which is considered a very significant share.
Source: Hírek és cikkek – PROHARDVER! by prohardver.hu.
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