Apple has no plans to buy Imagination

March 23, 2016 // By Peter Clarke
Apple has said that although it has held talks with struggling processor intellectual property licensor Imagination Technologies Group plc it does not plan to make an offer for the company "at this time."

Imagination's share price jumped nearly 20 percent Tuesday (March 22) on news of takeover talks (see Imagination stock rises on report of Apple talks ) but lost most of the gains after Apple's statement was issued.

Apple has used Imagination's PowerVR graphics processor cores in its self-designed processor SoCs for iPhone and iPad for many years and has held a minority stake in the UK company that stands at about 8.5 percent. However, in the last year Imagination has been reporting losses and apparently losing out to rival ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England).

Imagination responded to Apple's statement by issuing one of its own, in which it said Imagination's board of directors "values Apple very highly as an important on-going partner" and reiterated confidence in its own previously announced strategy of reinforcing three core businesses while restructuring.

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