Sharp Hit With Pushback; Hisense Refuses to Rescind Licensing Deal

Hisense is Said to be ‘Defiant’ News sources in Japan are reporting that Hisense has fired back at newly aggressive Sharp negotiating tactics, saying firmly it will not relinquish the licensing rights to the Sharp brand name in North & … Continue reading

On Saturday, Sharp Becomes Taiwanese

Savvy Negotiating by Gou Lands Him Sharp At a Discount The Boards of both Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. (better known as Foxconn) and Sharp Corp. have approved the acquisition of 66% of the outstanding shares of Sharp by the … Continue reading

After Big Setback, Sharp-Foxconn Deal Expected Soon

Newly Discovered Liabilities Nearly Derail Deal In what most Japanese media are calling a due diligence blunder, a potential deal for Hon Hai Precision Industry, better known as Foxconn, to buy Sharp Corp. was nearly scuttled when over $3 billion … Continue reading

Foxconn Goes All In – Ups Offer to $5.3 Billion to Bag Sharp

But Will They Lose Out to a Bid Only Half as Much? Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., the largest Apple, Inc. supplier that is better known as Foxconn, has upped the ante according to a report in the Wall Street … Continue reading

Proxy Adviser Tells Japanese Investors to Vote Out CEOs at Sony & Sharp

We live in interesting times! In a news report out of Japan that is, shall we say, unusual – proxy investment advisory firm ISS is recommending that Japanese shareholders vote against the reelection of the top executives at both Sony … Continue reading

Whew! First Hurdle Cleared: Banks Say They’ll Help Sharp

If you’ve been holding your breath, waiting to see what is going to happen to troubled Japanese giant Sharp Corp., you can now relax and exhale. The first significant hurdle the company faced on their race to survival appears to … Continue reading

Stunning Stories of Impending Doom Swirl Around Sharp

In just the last two days, Japanese and U.S. press outlets are releasing a slew of stories of Sharp Corp.’s impending doom in the form of a restructuring announcement that isn’t expected to be officially released until May. Nonetheless, multiple … Continue reading

Bloomberg Reporter Asks ‘Why is Sharp Still With Us?’

We’ve been reporting for a while now on the epic survival struggles of some of this industry’s biggest brand names in Japan…most recently Sharp Corp. Some of the changes we’re seeing now were unforeseeable even 24-36 months ago – Sony … Continue reading