HTC could buy Motorola?

Now usually such a claim would be would sound like pure madness, but when when the Financial Times makes it we tend to take these rumours a bit more seriously.

FT is making the claim that Motorola’s handset division is a sinking ship, which no amount of bailing will salvage, but that their brand and carrier relations in USA may be of value to an ambitious up and comer like HTC. This is unlike to save many Motorola jobs however, as most of that unprofitable part of the company, who last market share from 20% 3 years ago to a low of 6% this year, would still need to be shut down.

HTC may seem an unlikely candidate, with a market cap of $7.1 billion, not far of from the ailing Motorola’s $10 billion, and of course a very profitable business, they may easily be able to buy the devalued handset division.  Their president Peter Chou has also not been shy of proclaiming his ambition to become one of the top 3-5 handset vendors in the world.

Read more at FT.com

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