Apple Reportedly Investing $100 Million in Japan Display

The Apple supplier had earlier lost investment from Taiwan’s TPK Holding.

Apple Reportedly Investing $100 Million in Japan Display

Japan Display is set to receive a $100 million (roughly Rs. 700 crores) investment from Apple, its biggest customer, the Asahi newspaper reported on Thursday, sending the screen maker's shares up as much as 32% in Tokyo.

Japan Display is facing a funding crunch due to Apple's recent shift away from liquid-crystal displays (LCD) and disappointing sales of the iPhone XR, the only LCD model in Apple's 2018 line-up. Apple accounts for 60% of Japan Display's revenue.

Representatives for Japan Display and Apple separately declined to comment on the report.

Japan Display had been pursuing a bailout deal with a Chinese-Taiwanese consortium, but the suitors delayed an up to JPY 80 billion ($741 million) investment in order to reassess the company's prospects.

Consortium members Harvest Group and Oasis Management Company set Thursday as the deadline to decide on its investment. Taiwanese screen maker TPK Holding and financial firm CGL Group dropped out of the process earlier this month.

A spokesman for the consortium declined to comment.

Japan Display's shares were up 18% at the close of morning trade in Tokyo, on track for their best day since May.

Japan Display was formed in 2012 by combining the liquid-crystal display businesses of Hitachi, Toshiba, and Sony in a government-brokered deal. It went public in March 2014, at which time it was worth over JPY 400 billion.


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