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Micron acquires Qimonda's Inotera stake

Posted: 14 Oct 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:partnership Inotera? DRAM? memory market?

Micron Technology Inc. is expanding its partnership with Nanya Technology Corp. and is signing a definitive agreement to acquire Qimonda AG's 35.6 percent ownership stake in Inotera Memories Inc., a Taiwan-based DRAM memory manufacturer, for $400 million in cash. To help fund the purchase price, Micron has obtained $285 million in term loan financing commitments from strategic sources at favorable terms.

In the current Qimonda and Nanya partnership, Inotera operates two 300mm wafer fabrication facilities producing a total of 120,000 wafers per month. Under the agreement, Micron will acquire access to half of the total manufacturing capacity of Inotera, with the other half allocated to Nanya. Micron will also share its industry-leading Stack DRAM technology with Inotera for the production of Stack DRAM products for Micron and Nanya.

"This new relationship with Inotera will increase Micron's competitiveness by further leveraging our current MeiYa joint venture with Nanya," said Steve Appleton, Micron chairman and CEO. "Micron will gain greater scale in DRAM, reduce our operating expenses per wafer and have access to a very cost competitive operation."

The transaction will be completed in two stages, with Micron purchasing half of Qimonda's stake, or about 18 percent of Inotera, for $200 million in cash within approximately this week subject to certain government approvals and other customary conditions. The remaining approximate 18 percent stake in Inotera will be acquired upon receipt of Taiwan Federal Trade Commission approval and other customary conditions.

Following the acquisition, Qimonda's share of Inotera's capacity will be ramped down over a period of months. In conjunction with the acquisition, Micron anticipates entering into a series of agreements with Nanya to restructure the previously announced MeiYa joint venture, taking into account its new relationship with Nanya in Inotera. It is anticipated that both parties will cease future resource commitments to MeiYa and redirect those resources to Inotera.

"Working with Micron on the MeiYa joint venture has been a positive experience for Nanya, and we look forward to broadening our relationship," said Jih Lien, Nanya president. "Both Nanya and Micron have proven records of developing cost-effective leading memory solutions, and we expect to build on this foundation with our Inotera relationship."





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