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Sony Unloads LCD Venture Stake on Samsung

Sony has figured out a way to at least partially stem the massive losses at its struggling TV business: Dissolve its LCD manufacturing joint venture with Samsung. Sony said today that it will sell its nearly 50 percent stake in the company, S-LCD, to Samsung for $939 million.

The transaction, which allows Sony to purchase LCD panels from Samsung at market prices without bearing the responsibility and costs of operating the facility that manufactures them, is expected to save the company some $640 million a year.

That’s significant savings for Sony, which last month warned that it would lose money, for the fourth year in a row, in its current financial year. But is it enough to set the company’s once-core business on the road to recovery? Remember, Sony’s TV division has lost money for seven straight years.

“It’s a step forward for Sony,” Nomura analyst Shiro Mikoshiba told Bloomberg. “Canceling out the venture enables Sony to become more flexible in procuring panels. Still, Sony continues to face falling prices and heavy fixed costs.”

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work