After a blockbuster period of invention, a fall in prices and the global recession in 2006 forced the company to enter restructuring with a 30 billion Yen ($372.54 million) Government-backed loan. That swathe of cash was used to pump more money into investment and R&D, but the combination of strong Yen and the Thailand flooding has once again forced the company to come clean about its finances. It revealed today that it had debts of 448,033 million Yen, or $5.5 billion and without the protection of the court wouldn’t last too much longer. Times of Japan points to the strength of Samsung’s memory offerings as being a big contributor to Elpida’s collapse, with president Sakamoto saying that DRAM is now as cheap as a “rice ball.”
Elpida files for bankruptcy protection as debts of $5.5 billion are revealed originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 27 Feb 2012 12:02:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.