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Western Digital ends speculation, buying SanDisk for $19 billion
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Oct 21, 2015, 09:05 AM
 
Western Digital and SanDisk today announced that they have entered into an agreement under which Western Digital will acquire all of the outstanding shares of SanDisk for a combination of cash and stock. The offer values SanDisk common stock at $86.50 per share or a total equity value of approximately $19 billion.

The terms of the deal hinge on an upcoming investment deal. If the previously announced investment in Western Digital by Unisplendour Corporation Limited closes prior to this acquisition, Western Digital will pay $85.10 per share in cash and 0.0176 shares of Western Digital common stock per share of SanDisk common stock; and if the Unisplendour transaction has not closed or has been terminated, $67.50 in cash and 0.2387 shares of Western Digital common stock per share of SanDisk common stock. The transaction has been approved by the boards of directors of both companies.

With this transaction, Western Digital will double its addressable market and expand its participation in higher-growth segments. The combination also enables Western Digital to add more NAND-based products to its line, and secures long-term access to solid state technology at lower cost.

Steve Milligan will continue to serve as chief executive officer of the combined company, and the company will remain headquartered in Irvine, California. Upon closing, Sanjay Mehrotra is expected to join the Western Digital Board of Directors.

The transaction will be financed by a mix of cash, new debt financing and Western Digital stock.  In connection with the transaction, Western Digital expects to enter into new debt facilities totaling $18.4 billion, including a $1.0 billion revolving credit facility. The proceeds from the new debt facilities are expected to be used to pay part of the purchase price, refinance existing debt of Western Digital and SanDisk and pay transaction related fees and expenses.

The transaction is subject to approval by SanDisk shareholders and, in the event that the Unisplendor transaction does not close, Western Digital shareholders, receipt of regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. The transaction is expected to close in the third calendar quarter of 2016.
     
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Oct 21, 2015, 12:52 PM
 
I'd rather see competition than consolidation. SSDs have exterminated the smaller HD sizes, and will eventually be price competitive with even the biggest HDs. They're falling in price faster.

I'd rather see the SSD makers force WD, Seagate, etc to lower prices and introduce bigger models.
     
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May 11, 2016, 03:03 PM
 
I just noticed that this article was originally posted six months ago. Why is it showing up in the right-hand newsfeed now?
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