Thursday, June 22, 2017

WD Comments On Toshiba’s Announcement Regarding Flash JV Interests

Western Digital Corp. today issued the following statement regarding Toshiba Corporation’s selection of a consortium led by Korea-based SK Hynix Inc. and Bain Capital Japan, with funding provided by Japanese government funds Innovation Network Corporation of Japan and Development Bank of Japan Inc., as the preferred bidder regarding the sale of Toshiba’s interests in three NAND flash-memory joint ventures operated with Western Digital’s SanDisk subsidiaries (“Flash JVs”):

Toshiba Corporation continues to ignore both SanDisk’s consent rights and the dual-track legal process currently underway. The language of the relevant agreements is clear: Toshiba Corporation has no right to transfer its JV interests to a third party without SanDisk’s consent. SanDisk has not given its consent to any transaction, and will continue to protect its JV interests and preserve its rights through both its request for injunctive relief and the arbitration process.