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Report: Micron, Western Digital in Buyout Talks with SanDisk

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Micron Technology Inc (MU) and Western Digital Corp (WDC) are in talks with SanDisk Corp (SNDK) about a possible acquisition, Bloomberg reported.

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SanDisk has hired a bank to explore a potential sale, Bloomberg reported, citing sources familiar with the matter.

No decision has been made and the talks may not result in a transaction, Bloomberg said.

Shares of SanDisk – which makes products for cloud computing, data centers, smartphones and laptops – rose 10.9 percent to $68.50 in extended trading on Tuesday. Micron was up nearly 3 percent and Western Digital under 1 percent.

SanDisk, Western Digital and Micron did not immediately respond to requests seeking comment.

SanDisk was valued at about $12.6 billion as of the stock's close of $61.77 on Tuesday. The stock is down about 37 percent year-to-date.

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The company has been grappling with a delay in sales of certain embedded parts used in solid-state drives, which are faster and more reliable than traditional hard disk drives.

Several companies would view SanDisk as a strategic asset, Nomura analyst Romit Shah said last week, adding he believed SanDisk would reject offers short of $90 per share.

China's state-backed Tsinghua Holdings Co Ltd [TSHUAA.UL] on Sept. 30 said it plans to buy a 15 percent stake in Western Digital.

(Reporting by Subrat Patnaik in Bengaluru; Editing by Savio D'Souza)