August 12, 1997 |
Beleaguered computer maker AST Research Inc. officially folded into the Samsung Electronics Co. family on Monday. One of the South Korean firm's first moves is to boost morale among its new employees with gifts and a companywide pep rally. On Friday, Samsung will give the entire AST staff its choice of a free color TV, microwave or VCR. AST has 3,100 employees worldwide. "They wanted to give us a mini-refrigerator for our desks, but people didn't react too well to that," one AST official said.
August 5, 1997 |
Samsung Electronics Ltd. said Monday it has received all the necessary approvals from the South Korean government to buy AST Research Inc. Samsung had extended its $5.40-per-share, or $170-million, tender cash offer for the shares of AST it did not already own while it awaited these approvals. The South Korean firm, the world's largest producer of memory chips, already owns 49% of the Irvine company.
July 23, 1997
For the third time, Samsung Electronics Co. extended its cash tender offer for all shares of Irvine-based computer maker AST Research Inc. that the South Korean company doesn't already own. The offer for the nearly 27.8 million shares--or 88% of the remaining stock Samsung doesn't yet own--will now expire on Aug. 8. The delay will give Samsung time to receive clearance for the deal from the South Korean government. Samsung already owns 49% of the company.
July 23, 1997 |
For the third time, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. extended its cash tender offer for all shares of computer maker AST Research Inc. that the South Korean company doesn't already own. The offer for the nearly 27.8 million shares--or 88% of the remaining stock Samsung doesn't yet own--will now expire Aug. 8. During the 1980s, AST was one of the fastest-growing high-tech companies in the world. But by the early '90s, AST began to stumble badly.
June 19, 1997 |
Samsung Electronics Co. extended to July 1 its cash tender offer for all shares of computer maker AST Research Inc. that Samsung doesn't already own. Samsung Electronics said Wednesday that it is extending the offer to allow additional time to receive approvals for the deal from the government of South Korea. Samsung said nearly 27.4 million AST shares, or 87% of the shares not owned by Samsung, had been tendered by the Tuesday deadline.
May 6, 1997 |
Samsung Electronics Co.'s bid to buy the 51% of AST Research Inc. that it doesn't already own advanced a notch Monday when the Federal Trade Commission approved the $474-million purchase before the 30-day antitrust waiting period expired. The action isn't likely to expedite the deal, however, a Samsung spokesman said. Samsung's tender offer to acquire the 31 million shares of AST stock in other investors' hands expires May 19. Samsung will pay $5.
April 29, 1997 |
Still struggling to get a grip on the problems plaguing AST Research Inc., the computer maker's largest shareholder has installed another new chief executive. Samsung Electronics Co., which is acquiring AST, has named longtime Samsung executive Soon-Taek Kim, 48, as chief executive. He succeeds former Samsung executive Young Soo Kim, who resigned after only eight months on the job at AST, citing "personal reasons." Young Soo Kim will remain a member of AST's board of directors.
April 16, 1997 |
After buying pieces of AST Research Inc. for nearly two years, Samsung Electronics Co. finally has a deal to acquire the computer manufacturer outright but still faces the same basic problem of how to reverse AST's sliding fortunes. Samsung said Tuesday it will pay $5.40 per share, or 30 cents per share more than its initial offer last January, for the 31 million shares of AST stock it does not already own.
April 15, 1997 |
AST Research Inc. is expected to announce today that it has agreed to be acquired by Samsung Electronics Co., marking the final chapter for a computer manufacturer that was started by three immigrants in 1980 and went on to become an industry giant before stumbling badly in recent years. AST's board of directors, acting on the recommendation of a special committee, voted Monday to approve the deal, three months after it was proposed by Samsung, sources close to the negotiations said.