by Anton Shilov
12/22/2008 | 12:45 PM
Qimonda, a leading maker of dynamic random access memory (DRAM), on Sunday said that it had arranged a €325 million financing package for the ramp up of its innovative Buried Wordline technology.
“The financing arrangements are based on the significant potentials offered by our highly innovative Buried Wordline Technology. They allow Qimonda to complete its repositioning, ramp up this exciting technology and re-establish its competitive position in the memory industry”, said Kin Wah Loh, chief executive and president of Qimonda AG.
The package includes a €150 million loan from the German Free State of Saxony, a €100 million loan from a leading financial institution in Portugal and a €75 million loan from Qimonda’s parent company Infineon. In addition, Qimonda will have the opportunity to draw on a €280 million state guarantee by the Federal Republic of Germany and the Free State of Saxony. Qimonda is in advanced negotiations concerning the financing of €150 million of this amount.
In return, Qimonda has committed the further development of its R&D and manufacturing sites in Porto, Portugal and Dresden, Germany. The company is increasing R&D efforts in Porto and intends to quickly ramp up its new 46nm Buried Wordline Technology and improve economies of scale in manufacturing at its lead facility in Dresden. The arrangements are subject to the finalization of the detailed terms of the loans and the relevant governmental and European procedures.
“We thank especially the Free State of Saxony, Portugal and Infineon for their trust in our innovation and execution capabilities,” added Mr. Kin Wah Loh.
Qimonda plans to report its Q4 and financial year 2008 earnings once management and its auditors have completed the work necessary to reflect the arrangement announced today on its financial condition, including the review of its long-lived assets for impairment that it announced in connection with the preparation of its full-year results. Qimonda expects its earnings announcement by the middle of January and will distribute invitations in due course.