There will be no SamDisk or Sansung. Korean technology giant Samsung has officially dropped its plans to acquire American gadget maker SanDisk
This wasn't a shock by any means. The market took Samsung's $5.85 billion offer semi-seriously for a while, giving SanDisk's stock a short-lived boost last September, but SanDisk's management team called the bid "inadequate" and "opportunistically timed." I thought Samsung would respond with a higher bid, because SanDisk has a serious footprint in major retail channels like Wal-Mart Stores
But then the Crash of 2008 happened. American retail didn't look so tempting anymore, and Samsung's higher bid never happened. Investors lost hope early, dropping SanDisk far below the S&P 500 benchmark. SanDisk's stock price has fallen around 25% from its buyout speculation highs last year despite a very impressive bounce from lows approaching $5. Meanwhile, my finest research source (Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor’s) shows that Samsung Electronics did all right without this acquisition, and that stock rose by about 50% on the Korea Exchange.
Sometimes I wish I could invest in Samsung. I mean, yeah, there's a handful of Samsung tickers floating about the Pink Sheets and anybody could buy those today. But it is nearly impossible to get decent information about this foreign stock, and there are absolutely no guarantees that the Pink Sheet tickers reflect Samsung's true value. Capital IQ is great, but even that high-priced professional resource can't be fully trusted when it comes to foreign stocks in companies that don't want to deal with SarbOx regulations. No Samsung stock for me, then -- no matter how much I admire the company itself.
So, we prudent tech investors are stuck with stocks we can actually do research on, like Apple
Maybe a merger of near-equals between SanDisk and American memory rival Micron
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