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Applied Materials Is Open to Merger Opportunities

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Applied Materials is open to merger opportunities

In the last part of the series, we saw that semiconductor equipment manufacturer Applied Materials (AMAT) reported growth despite lower-than-expected spending in wafer fabrication equipment. The company is placed to tap the growth opportunities posed by the memory market. So, why did the company declare that it’s open to a merger?

Consolidation wave

A consolidation wave hit the company’s customers—chipmakers—who have been plagued by the slowdown in the sales of personal computers and smartphones. Companies are either seeking buyers or acquiring smaller rivals to expand their product offerings and show growth as the market matures.

This forced semiconductor equipment manufacturers, who are facing slowing sales, to resort to a...