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AMD will now own about 34.2% of the spinoff

To say it has been a tough year for the computer industry would be an understatement. AMD has been particularly hard hit, despite being the second largest chipmaker around.

In October, AMD announced that it would be spinning off its chip making facilities into a different company with AMD holding 44.4% of the new chip making company. The spin off resulted in a suit brought against AMD by rival chipmaker Intel over alleged license violations caused by the spinoff of AMD's processor making arm.

AMD announced this week that in an effort to reduce its manufacturing costs and adjust to the current state of the economy it would own even less than the previously noted 44.4% of the chip making spinoff. The majority owner of the spun off chip making division was the Abu Dhabi-based Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC) and a minority owner was Mubadala Development.

Amendments between AMD and ATIC will have AMD owning 34.2% of the chip making arm and ATIC grabbing 65.8% of the Foundry. An AMD representative said the sale was due to "changing economic times." AMD is fighting for its survival in the face of falling profits and increased competition. AMD announced this week that it was cutting revenue projections by 25% for Q4 2008.

Other amendments between the owners of the Foundry include a restructured agreement that allows Mubadala to purchase 58 million shares of AMD common stock at a revised purchase price equal to the lower of average closing price per share on the NYSE during the 20 trading days prior to and including December 12, 2008; or the average closing price per share of AMD common stock on the NYSE during the 20 trading days prior to the transaction close date.

AMD released a statement saying, "All other material economic terms of the transaction agreements remain unchanged. ATIC will still invest $2.1 billion to purchase its stake in the Foundry Company, of which it will invest $1.4 billion directly in the new entity and will pay $700 million to AMD."



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RE: My prediction
By Bateluer on 12/9/2008 12:41:39 PM , Rating: 2
Lets hope it wouldn't be Nvidia that bought ATI in the event that AMD goes under. *Shudder* Worst case scenario right there.


RE: My prediction
By TomZ on 12/9/2008 12:51:28 PM , Rating: 2
That's probably not possible due to anti-trust regulations anyway.


RE: My prediction
By omnicronx on 12/9/2008 1:08:13 PM , Rating: 2
Would it? Depends if you count discrete graphics cards as a different industry. If not Intel still dominates the graphics card (integrated or not) market and technically Nvidia would not have a monopoly.


RE: My prediction
By Mitch101 on 12/9/2008 1:21:04 PM , Rating: 2
They can only merge if NVIDIA were to aquire AMD then AMD loses its x86 license.


RE: My prediction
By TMV192 on 12/9/2008 1:56:06 PM , Rating: 2
I highly doubt nVIDIA will buy AMD, it would be wasted money on ATi divisions they don't really need, and they are pretty confident with GPGPU to avoid the x86 market

I think there are plenty of other big names that might be interested, for example IBM, may be interested in coming back to the consumer market, they were already working with AMD for the next generation PowerPC/Opteron, not to mention it would give them total control over the game console hardware apart from the GPU on the PS3 which is nVIDIA


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