Why doesn't Apple buy LG? Sharp?

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by pogoyoyo, Jun 23, 2014.


Does it make sense for Apple to buy LG/Sharp?

  1. Yes, Buy LG

    0 vote(s)
  2. Yes, Buy Sharp

    5 vote(s)
  3. Yes but another company

    1 vote(s)
  4. No

    22 vote(s)
  1. pogoyoyo macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2010
    Toronto, Canada
    In the words of Steve Jobs... own the technology... Why doesn't Apple buy LG or Sharp? It would do wonders to display quality, quantity and control, it would help with the rumoured television set quality, quantity and control and I'm sure theres much more they could do with either of these companies.
    Sharp would be the obvious buy since LG would be hesitant with their Android smartphone lineup surely getting nixed.
    Thoughts? Does it make sense for Apple to buy LG? Sharp?
  2. Michael Goff Suspended

    Michael Goff

    Jul 5, 2012
    No, they have nothing to gain from doing this.
  3. MacNut macrumors Core


    Jan 4, 2002
    Could they afford either company. Not to mention that Sharp and LG both make panels for everyone else. I don't think Apple wants to be involved in that.
  4. Kryckter macrumors 6502


    Mar 12, 2009
    Good point, dont want to make screens for the competitor. But then again, they could be getting more pieces of the pie :)
  5. smoledman macrumors 68000

    Oct 17, 2011
    Considering Apple is like 99% of Sharp's business why not?
  6. Vanilla Face macrumors 6502

    Aug 11, 2013
    Apple bought LuxVue Technology for a reason...
  7. MacCruiskeen macrumors 6502

    Nov 9, 2011
    Sharp's market cap is about $5 billion, LG's is around $10 billion. So, theoretically, Apple could afford them. Whether it makes sense to do this, is another question. These are very large, diversified companies that make a lot of things that Apple probably isn't very interested in (Apple iAirConditioners?) and would be nightmarish to merge. And for what? To get some manufacturing capacity?
  8. phrehdd macrumors 68040


    Oct 25, 2008
    Hmmm what an interesting idea

    Apple iMicrowave
    Apple iRefrigerator
    Apple iWashingMachine

    And the list goes on. LG and Sharp are involved in more than computer/media related products. Perhaps you are suggesting buying out those divisions under those names?
  9. MacNut macrumors Core


    Jan 4, 2002
    I could see Apple wanting to get into the smart home area, but not by having to actually make appliances. Apple would either buy the panel division or have to start selling blenders.
  10. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003

    Dragging your washing machine to the Genius Bar is going to suck.
  11. phrehdd macrumors 68040


    Oct 25, 2008
    Okay, you made me have a bit of an iChortle with your response. (grin)
  12. roadbloc macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
    What if LG or Sharp aren't for sale? You can't just throw money at something and expect to own it.
  13. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    What's the benefit of buying Sharp when they're losing money? There's no guarantee that apple could turn around an aging electronics company.

    As for LG, they're huge and they make many other products other then displays, like refrigerators and air conditioners. Does apple really want to get into the air conditioner business or would they be better served buying the components they need from various manufacturers.
  14. mojolicious macrumors 68000


    Mar 18, 2014
    Sarf London
    Curiously, LG has a market cap of around USD 10bn, whereas Sharp's is USD 5bn.

    I'm surprised that LG isn't more valuable, and isn't a bigger multiple of Sharp. Although I guess that's based on perception of their own branded consumer electronics, and here in the UK at least Sharp has practically disappeared from view.

    Anyway... silly idea, which would probably fall foul of all sorts of monopoly/antitrust legislation.
  15. MacCruiskeen macrumors 6502

    Nov 9, 2011
    Apple could make an offer. Companies try to buy other companies all the time. Sometimes even without the target company's cooperation (a 'hostile takeover'). One of the dangers of being publicly=traded. It means you're _always_ for sale.
  16. G51989 macrumors 68030


    Feb 25, 2012
    NYC NY/Pittsburgh PA
    The issue here is, LG and Sharp are not companies Apple would be really good at running, in fact I could see apple running them more into the ground than Sharp already is.

    Apple is REALLY good at focusing on a few products.

    Not the hundreds that these companies make, plus Apple higher ups have no idea how to design or market ACs, Blenders, Washing Machines or ovens.
  17. pdjudd macrumors 601

    Jun 19, 2007
    Plymouth, MN
    They could. But why would Apple bother unless they are interested? There is no reason why given that these companies are in no way compatible with Apple and they sell tons of products that Apple has no competency with selling not to mention that it would be doubtful that they would want to be in said business.

    “own the technology” only works for some things.
  18. MattInOz macrumors 68030


    Jan 19, 2006
    Companies tend not to be monolithic companies anyway. So why would Apple buy the whole company when all they really want is plant capacity of a few of the subsidiaries?
  19. 0000757 macrumors 68040

    Dec 16, 2011
    Just because Apple offers to buy a company does not mean that company will accept the offer, or that Apple can even legally buy them/the company can be legally purchased.

    It's not as simple as going to the cash register and swiping your card. A business purchasing another business takes a long time filled with loads of legal paperwork and heavy reorganization. Really companies only buy other companies when they see a major benefit that can be added to the company. There's nothing that LG or Sharp can offer to Apple by being purchased compared to what they already get out of their deal now, so it's not worth the trouble.

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