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Spansion up for grabs as its seeks strategic alternatives

15 January 2009 | By Mark Osborne | News > Fab Management

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The NOR flash memory manufacturer has also delayed paying interest instalments on an outstanding loan, which the company said was part of a potential balance sheet restructuring move. A 30-day cure period on the 11.25% Senior Notes due 2016 has been initiated.

Spansion said that it would investigate business opportunities with both U.S. and foreign companies. Spansion has two main front-end manufacturing operations in the U.S. and Japan.

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