TAIPEI – Foxconn plans to buy Sharp by the end of the month, chairman Terry Gou said, according to published reports.
Gou said a final agreement hasn’t been reached because of a legal issue but said the deal is 90% complete. In a statement, Sharp said negotiations continue, and Foxconn’s proposal remains valid until Feb. 29.
This is expected to be one of the largest foreign takeovers of a Japanese firm. Some government officials have been looking for a domestic buyer in order to ensure Sharp’s technology stays in Japanese hands.
Financial terms of the deal under discussion were not disclosed, but insiders reportedly say Foxconn is offering a package worth $5.5 billion.
Gou said the electronics manufacturer would keep Sharp largely intact and maintain its brand, with the possible exception of Sharp’s solar panel business.