IBM to pay Globalfoundries to take chip unit

Reuters News
Posted: Oct 19, 2014 11:56 PM

(Reuters) - IBM Corp said it would hive off its loss-making semiconductor unit to contract-chipmaker Globalfoundries Inc to focus on cloud computing, mobile and big data analytics.

IBM will pay Globalfoundries $1.5 billion in cash over the next three years to take the chip operations off its hands, the companies said in a statement on Monday.

IBM will take a related pre-tax charge of $4.7 billion in its third quarter.

Silicon Valley-based Globalfoundries said it would take over IBM's manufacturing operations in East Fishkill, New York and Essex Junction, Vermont, and offer jobs to substantially all IBM employees affected by the deal.

A team of semiconductor server group employees will remain with IBM.

Global Foundries is owned by the Mubadala Development Co, the Abu Dhabi government's investment fund.

IBM is scheduled to report its third-quarter earnings later on Monday.

(Reporting by Shivam Srivastava and Abhirup Roy in Bangalore; Editing by Gopakumar Warrier and Saumyadeb Chakrabarty)