AU Optronics Corp. ("AUO" or the "Company") (TAIEX: 2409; NYSE: AUO) today announced that its Board of Directors has approved the purchase of Qisda Corporation’s common shares at the amount within NT$ 2 billion through a private placement. AUO plans to acquire 90,456,800 common shares at NT$22.11 per share with total share holding reaching 9.58% stake of Qisda. Through this investment, the company expected to strengthen further strategic relationship and created a three win strategy for AUO, Qisda and customers. Both AUO and Qisda can further foster their core competitiveness respectively and provide brand customers with better solutions in capturing emerging trends of TFT-LCD applications in consumer electronic market.
AUO stated that the recent alliances among some TFT-LCD manufactures, system integrators, together with some brands have been changing TFT-LCD supply chain. This trend will also support consumer electronic products in customization and diversification with right time to market. To provide better service to its brand customers and take potential business opportunities in the early stage, AUO will prepare itself for the next move by building up further relations with important system integrators. Since Qisda has been a long-term strategic partner to AUO, Board of Directors also believes the decision will support AUO’s long-standing sustainability. It is believed that the tie-up investment will help Qisda, an important customer to AUO, to scale up its business operation as well as enhance the competitiveness and operational efficiency for both entities through a stronger cooperation relationship, and to maximize mutual shareholder values.
Corporate Communications Dept.
AU Optronics Corp.
No.1, Li-Hsin RD 2, Science-Based Industrial Park,
Hsinchu City 300, Taiwan, R.O.C.