Samsung Electronics said it may buy flash memory maker SanDisk ,
which is valued at $3.2 billion, in a deal that could reshape a
"We are looking at various opportunities regarding SanDisk, but
nothing has been decided yet," Samsung spokesman James Chung told
Reuters in response to reports the South Korean firm was
interested in the U.S. maker of flash memory, which is widely
used in storage devices and digital gadgets.
In a regulatory filing later, Samsung said an acquisition of
SanDisk was an option.
Analysts said an acquisition could shift the balance of power in
the flash memory industry.
"Samsung buying SanDisk would mean big damage for Toshiba," said
Yoshihisa Toyosaki, head of IT research firm J-Star Inc.
In a brief statement, SanDisk said it "periodically has
conversations with multiple parties, including Samsung, regarding
a variety of potential business opportunities," but declined to
Samsung, which pays SanDisk 400 billion won ($353.8 million) a
year in licensing fees, is looking to reduce that cost through
the acquisition, eDaily reported.
SanDisk, widely known for its memory storage cards, was the
subject of speculation in August that computer storage drive
maker Seagate Technology c could be interested in buying all or
part of it.