Doubts linger over iPhone display maker JDI's shaky Chinese rescue
Nikkei -- Aug 10
LCD maker Japan Display has escaped immediate bankruptcy by lining up 80 billion yen ($758 million) in aid from Chinese investors, but the company remains dogged by uncertainty over the long-delayed rescue.

The money-losing Apple supplier, also known as JDI, faced questions at a Friday news conference over whether China's Harvest Tech Investment Management and Hong Kong's Oasis Management would follow through with their investment promise.

The tangle of motivations behind the bailout, which ropes in Apple and a Japanese state investment fund, adds to the uncertainty.

"We don't expect any major delays in the transaction," said Minoru Kikuoka, JDI's chief financial officer and incoming president.

Winston Lee, Harvest Tech's general manager and chief negotiator in the deal talks, was supposed to attend the news conference but abruptly canceled for health reasons, according to JDI. Lee issued a statement saying he was confident JDI could achieve high profitability and financial independence.

However, other Harvest Tech executives will likely have the final say regarding the bailout. Lee's statement alone "does not dispel concerns regarding future support" for JDI, a source familiar with the matter said.

JDI, formed through a merger of Japanese electronics groups' struggling liquid crystal display operations, ran into trouble after it misjudged the market for smartphone displays and invested heavily to expand LCD production capacity.

The company said it expects to receive 50 billion yen of the 80 billion yen capital infusion by the end of October and the rest by the end of the fiscal year in March. But it is still in talks with Harvest regarding a 10 billion yen portion of the package.

There are also concerns about the solidity of the alliance behind the rescue. Harvest had shown hesitation over a deal in the past, while Oasis appears to be concerned about the lack of assurances over the 10 billion yen portion of the aid.

News source: Nikkei
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