Nikkei: Apple looking to buy 55% stake in LCD chip supplier for ¥50B

The Nikkei reports Apple (AAPL +0.9%) is in talks with Renesas (RNECF) to buy its 55% stake in iPhone LCD driver IC supplier Renesas SP Drivers, and is looking to acquire it for ¥50B ($479M).

Sharp (SHCAY) owns 25% of Renesas SP, and Taiwan's Powerchip 20%. Sharp is expected to sell its stake to Apple if the company asks for a a deal after buying Renesas' interest.

Apple, which already develops its own app processors and fingerprint sensors, reportedly "wants to meld the design of core display components into overall product development."

A deal could be a positive for Himax (HIMX +3.9%) and MagnaChip (MX -0.6%), given Renesas SP's other clients would start looking for alternative LCD driver suppliers. Renesas SP has an estimated ~33% share of the market for small and mid-sized LCD drivers/controllers. It had revenue of ¥60B ($575M) during the fiscal year ending March 31.

Earlier: 4.7" iPhone LCD production reportedly set to start

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  • bjamesh
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    Putting those offshore ¥ profits to work?
    1 Apr 2014, 04:26 PM Reply Like
  • Buzzly3
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    There are no LCD suppliers to buy onshore even if Apple wants to.
    1 Apr 2014, 06:37 PM Reply Like
  • WisPokerGuy
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    $479 million? What is that about one week of interest on the $160 billion Apple has stuffed under the mattress?
    1 Apr 2014, 10:19 PM Reply Like
  • 2ng
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    This is some intelligent non-nest-and-whatsapp-... buying
    1 Apr 2014, 06:01 PM Reply Like
  • Van Hyder
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    Comments (172) | Send Message
    Maybe Cirrus is next . . . Just buy all the companies that supply them
    1 Apr 2014, 08:15 PM Reply Like
  • 808Amigo
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    2 scoops of some HIMX, please.
    1 Apr 2014, 08:34 PM Reply Like
  • SammyDaBull
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    Definitely a positive for HIMAX if the deals made. Google better sure up there stake in HIMAX
    1 Apr 2014, 11:15 PM Reply Like
  • platonicbomb
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    How are this company's products (drivers) different from those of $PXLW?
    2 Apr 2014, 05:00 AM Reply Like
  • EternalOptimist
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    This my concern as well. Time to do some more research, as I still have a little in $PXLW and some of it's value is due to a potential ongoing relationship with Apple. I honesty don't know enough about Renesas as I should.
    2 Apr 2014, 01:40 PM Reply Like
  • platonicbomb
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    M. Gomes replied to this concern on a PXLW article comment section. The Apple acquisition target does not compete with Pixelworks.
    2 Apr 2014, 01:55 PM Reply Like
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