China wants to assemble a domestic semiconductor giant via foreign takeovers. So rattled rivals are rushing to secure assets, especially in Taiwan. Micron’s $4.1 bln buyout of a JV partner makes sense. ASE’s gatecrashing of an agreed tie-up with the Chinese looks riskier.
The Taiwanese handset maker is losing market share to flashier rivals like Apple and Xiaomi. The shares are down 90 percent in two years. It posted a quarterly loss and may sell some factories to save cash. An outright takeover might seem logical, but while HTC’s products are attractive, the valuation is not.