Stop me if you've heard this one before.
A large company sees an opportunistic shot at making a strategic acquisition at an attractive price point. Taking advantage of its target's falling share price, the groom-to-be goes public with an unsolicited offer that is a reasonable premium to the current price. The bride-to-be shakes its head, holding out for a better offer. The sweetened counter never arrives, and the share price of the target falls as the market and/or fundamentals continue to erode. The once inspired buyer walks away, sending the picky target's stock falling even more.
It's happening to SanDisk
Sounds familiar, doesn't it? It's a lot like when video game giant Electronic Arts
Samsung isn't holding back as it walks away. Turning kiss-and-tell into diss-and-yell, it's letting the world know what a mess SanDisk has become.
"Your surprise announcements of a quarter-billion dollar operating loss, a hurried renegotiation of your relationship with Toshiba and major job losses across your organization all point to a considerable increase in your risk profile and a material deterioration in value, both on a stand-alone basis as well as to Samsung," Samsung writes in its kiss-off letter.
It is everything short of teasing it about its personal hygiene or letting it know that it can keep the tube of toothpaste that it's leaving behind.
Samsung is right. SanDisk's earnings report was a disaster. It makes you wonder what SanDisk was thinking in playing hard to get last month. It sort of puts this month's half-baked slotMusic initiative in its proper perspective.
SanDisk is getting kicked to the curb, but it has company. If it plays nice, maybe it can join Yahoo!, Take-Two, and even Circuit City
SanDisk has had a rough month:
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Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz wonders why flash memory couldn't have been cash memory for SanDisk shareholders. He does not own shares in any of the companies in this story. He is also part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early. The Fool has a disclosure policy.