Does Western Digital Want to Buy SanDisk?

Even non-techie people have likely heard of Western Digital and SanDisk. Even non-techie people people likely know that Western Digital is “that hard drive company” and SanDisk is the one with the memory cards and flash drives. But what if these two companies were to merge their powers to handle everything to do with memory and storage? That might soon happen if these industry analysts are to be believed.

Analysts from investment firms Susquehanna and Bernstein both agree that the acquisition of SanDisk Corporation by Western Digital Corp would be “compelling for all the right reasons.” A big part of this has to do with synergy, because Western Digital could then leverage SanDisk for its NAND supply chain. What’s more, since SanDisk already has a relationship with Toshiba for NAND fabs, Western Digital can take advantage of that too.

It’s not like they’re strangers to one another either, as Western Digital and SanDisk have already collaborated before on a series of hybrid drives. The timing is good too, as analysts feel that SanDisk stock is currently a good investment: Only one analyst out of 37 recommend a Sell rating, while 21 and 15 rate the stock as a Buy and Hold, respectively. It’s also possible that Seagate and Micron may be interested, but nobody from any company has yet to make any official comment.

Source: Bidness Etc

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