SanDisk layoffs appear to be in the works

Flash memory supplier, which just reported a sizable loss, will be making "some pretty tough choices" that are likely to include job cuts.

In the wake of a big loss posted this week by SanDisk, layoffs appear to be in the offing.

On Monday, SanDisk said in prepared remarks that as part of its efforts to reduce operating expenses, "actions will be implemented in the current quarter" and will include "canceling or exiting a number of products and marketing activities, and will result in employee reduction in R&D, Sales & Marketing, G&A, and Operations."

And on Monday during SanDisk's third-quarter earnings conference call, CFO Judy Bruner spoke about more restructuring to come. In response to a question about operating expenditures, she said: "We're taking actions that we believe are quite aggressive and will cause us to make some pretty tough choices in the business." She later added: "We have not finalized yet our restructuring actions."

On Tuesday, Samsung published a letter withdrawing its $5.8 billion offer to buy SanDisk at $26 per share, citing the Milpitas, Calif.-based flash memory company's financial straits. (Although this doesn't necessarily mean that Samsung is abandoning its effort to buy SanDisk.)

Samsung, among other things, pointed to SanDisk's $250 million operating loss in the third quarter and the "considerable increase" in SanDisk's "risk profile."

But that wasn't all. In its letter, Samsung also mentioned "major job losses across your organization." (Full Samsung letter here.)

SanDisk shares were down 32 percent in trading at 12:20 p.m. PDT, to one of the lowest levels in years.

About the author

Brooke Crothers writes about mobile computer systems, including laptops, tablets, smartphones: how they define the computing experience and the hardware that makes them tick. He has served as an editor at large at CNET News and a contributing reporter to The New York Times' Bits and Technology sections. His interest in things small began when living in Tokyo in a very small apartment for a very long time.


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