Feeds

SK Hynix drops bid to buy bankrupt Elpida

Joins Toshiba in abandoning DRAMurai warrior's corpse

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

South Korean firm SK Hynix said today that it won't be going ahead with a bid for bankrupt Japanese firm Elpida Memory because the deal would have been too expensive.

"The Elpida deal would have been a huge financial investment," an SK Hynix spokesman told the Wall Street Journal. "To ease the financial burden, we had previously hoped to work with possible partners, such as Toshiba, but it didn't work out."

SK Hynix also confirmed in a regulatory filing that its shareholders had agreed to abandon the bidding.

Investors were made very happy by the news, sending the company's shares rising by almost 6 per cent at one point – they were still up by 3.3 per cent at 12.00 BST today.

At the end of last month, Toshiba reportedly pulled out of the running to snap up Elpida because it couldn't sort out a partnership with SK Hynix and didn't want to go it alone. Toshiba's exit was also greeted with relief from investors, growing the firm's shares by 3 per cent on the day the news broke.

With both SK Hynix and Toshiba out of the race, Elpida, whose price tag is rumoured by Japanese media to be about $1.9m, is left to the mercies of US chipmaker Micron or private equity firms.

Elpida, once the world's No 3 DRAM manufacturer, suffered as the world decided it liked NAND chippery much better. It filed for bankruptcy protection in February. ®

Website security in corporate America

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!
Redmond sporran metrics get one in the ten ring
Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE
Bad news for tech-addicted fanbois behind the wheel
Murdoch to Europe: Inflict MORE PAIN on Google, please
'Platform for piracy' must be punished, or it'll kill us in FIVE YEARS
Bono: Apple will sort out monetising music where the labels failed
Remastered so hard it would be difficult or impossible to master it again
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Sony says year's losses will be FOUR TIMES DEEPER than thought
Losses of more than $2 BILLION loom over troubled Japanese corp
Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.