Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:MU) has started the day on a positive note, as its shares are up by nearly 12% in morning trading to $19.70. The shares of the semiconductor company rallied after a Chinese state-owned company showed intent to buy Micron, making an offer for it this morning, though a rather weak one all things considered, and one that seems unlikely to be accepted. Tsinghua Unigroup Ltd., a Beijing-based firm offered $21 per share, which puts the value of the semiconductor company at $23 billion. While discussing the bid, Zhao Weiguo, chairman of Tshinghua Unigroup, said, “We are very interested in cooperation with Micron.”
However, some market experts are calling it a long shot backed by a low-end offer. According to the experts, Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:MU) has a much higher long-term value and the board is unlikely to consider this offer, which offered a limited premium on yesterday’s closing price (far lower than what most transactions go for), and actually values the company at less than what it was trading at less than a month ago. Further, analysts suspect regulatory concerns over the deal and a Chinese takeover, considering that it is the only US company manufacturing DRAM chips, is unlikely to happen. In case this deal materializes in the future, this would be the largest takeover by a Chinese company in the United States. Interestingly, Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) bought a 20% stake in Tsinghua Unigroup last September for $1.5 billion.
Sundeep Bajikar of Jefferies called it an undervaluation of the company while projecting an improvement in Micron Technology over the next year and a half. He said, “Such a bid would be consistent with our thesis that 1) MU is deeply undervalued at current levels, 2) DRAM and 3D NAND manufacturing technologies are strategic for China but difficult to access, and 3) Micron’s technology positions in DRAM and NAND (esp. 3D NAND) are likely to improve significantly over the next 12 to 18 months.” Bajikar was another expert to mention regulatory concerns over the deal. The analyst further added that the selling witnessed in Micron Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:MU)’s shares is a result of panic selling and the shorter investment focus maintained by those investors who sold.