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(Bloomberg) -- Escalating tensions between South Korea and Japan have darkened the clouds overhanging the global economy. But they’ve brightened up a part of the stock market. South Korean suppliers of key materials for chipmakers have surged about 19% since Japan unveiled measures targeting its neighbor. The thinking is that these companies may win new business from key players including Samsung Electronics Co. and SK Hynix Inc.Eleven stocks considered as beneficiaries of the conflict have seen a combined $1.5 billion increase in market capitalization. Among the winners: Foosung Co., which makes hydrogen fluoride, and Soulbrain Co., which trades semiconductor-related chemicals.The bilateral dispute deepened almost three weeks ago, when Japan moved to restrict materials vital to South Korea’s all-important tech industry. The background is a long-running dispute between the neighbors over events dating back to Japan’s colonization of the Korean peninsula during the first half of the 20th century.Why Japan and South Korea Still Spar Over History: QuickTakeThere could be another twist to the tale, though. Rivals of Korean memory chipmakers may have a window to nab market share while Samsung and SK Hynix are trying to line up suppliers outside of Japan.“If the Korean producers face a prolonged supply constraint, this is an opportunity for their competitors,” said Casey McLean, an investment analyst at Fidelity International in Hong Kong. “Semiconductor companies are acutely aware that surety-of-supply is critical, with product cycles compressing and lead times shortening.”Another Winner?With only three main players in the DRAM chip market, analysts covering Micron Technology Inc. have raised their share-price targets on that company. New chips produced by Korean rivals may not enjoy a long testing period, potentially damaging their data center build-outs.McLean also questioned whether Samsung or SK Hynix would be able to maintain the quality of their products should they adopt non-Japanese suppliers. “Whilst there are some domestic suppliers for materials, they produce lower-purity products, which would impact memory yields,” he said. “This issue surely increases the desire for the Korean supply chain to localize, but it does raise the question why it has not already occurred.”SK Group Chairman Chey Tae-Won, who oversees SK Hynix, said the company can produce chips with materials from local suppliers, but “it is a matter of quality,” when asked why the firm hadn’t yet switched to domestic supplies. One of the materials, hydrogen fluoride, is lacking in “details” required for manufacturing chips, Chey said Thursday.Song Myung-sup, an analyst at HI Investment & Securities Co. in Seoul, is skeptical. Without a plan in place, no one knows how both Korean chipmakers can produce semiconductors with new materials from new suppliers.“There’s no data on domestic materials yet --- it is nonsense to talk about potential yields of chips made with local materials,” Song said. “The point is, if the trade spat with Japan is not resolved for a long term and supply of Korean chips is halted, everyone would face a significant catastrophe.”\--With assistance from Sohee Kim.To contact the reporters on this story: Heejin Kim in Seoul at firstname.lastname@example.org;Matt Turner in Hong Kong at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Lianting Tu at firstname.lastname@example.org, Divya Balji, Christopher AnsteyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
South Korea's Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix have asked a local supplier to the boost supply of a key chipmaking chemical to guard against any production disruptions, an official at the supplier said on Tuesday. The move by the two chipmakers to secure supplies of hydrogen fluoride comes after Japan said earlier this month that it would tighten curbs on exports of high-tech materials used in smartphone displays and chips to South Korea, threatening to disrupt the global supply of microchips consumed by the likes of Apple Inc and Huawei Technologies Co.
Memory chip prices have soared over the past week as a diplomatic stand-off between Japan and South Korea has escalated, threatening global supplies of smartphone and computer components. The spot prices for dynamic random-access memory chips have spiked nearly 12 per cent since July 9, the biggest such jump since 2017, according to data from Bernstein, as fears build over Tokyo’s new export controls on materials critical to the manufacture of computer chips, South Korea’s biggest export. Tokyo’s restrictions meant that from July 4, the country’s exporters of fluorinated polyamide, photoresists and hydrogen fluoride etching gas — Japanese groups hold dominant market shares globally — had to get clearance for selling the materials to the world’s two biggest memory chipmakers, Samsung Electronics and SK Hynix.
No, like any Ice Bucket Challenge-worthy meme, others are getting in on the trade war bandwagon and making it their own. The two countries have slipped into their own trade war over the past few weeks, a conflict that now threatens the foundations of Japan’s supplier industry, Samsung Electronics, and global smartphone and computer shipments. If the U.S./China trade war emanates from the dark recesses of President Trump’s brain, then this new trade war emanates from the dark chapters of Japan and South Korea’s collective and sad history.
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(Bloomberg) -- Terms of Trade is a daily newsletter that untangles a world embroiled in trade wars. Sign up here. The feud between Japan and South Korea worsened, as Seoul called for an international probe into Tokyo’s claims it allowed sensitive materials to end up in the hands of North Korea.South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s office proposed the investigation just as government officials sat down in Tokyo to discuss Japan’s introduction of tighter export controls that threaten to crimp the tech sector’s supplies of vital production materials.What Japan called an explanatory session ran well over its allotted time by several hours. The Japanese side explained the basis for its decision from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government, and the South Korean side did not ask for the measures to be revoked, a Japanese official said.“It seems that Prime Minister Abe sees domestic value in igniting Korea-Japan tensions and little incentive to keep the relationship constructive,” said Mintaro Oba, a former U.S. diplomat who worked on Korean Peninsula issues. “Unless there is a cost to his public position or the U.S. alliance with Japan because of his actions, Abe will keep feeding the fire -- and South Korea may have to respond in kind as the Korean public reacts to Japan. There is tremendous potential for escalation here.”In a separate post-meeting briefing in Seoul, an industry ministry official said the South Korean counterparts were told that Japan “will remove” Korea from a so-called “white list” of countries to which it exports. Industry ministry director general Lee Hohyeon said South Korea called for additional talks by July 24, when the public comment period for possible removal ends.Japanese officials didn’t comment in their briefing on a decision being made to remove South Korea from the list of trusted export destinations treated as presenting no risk of weapons proliferation -- a move that Abe’s government has said it could make as soon as July 24.The scenes of somber officials from both sides meeting in a bare Japanese conference room were played on cable news loops in South Korea, where a poll earlier this week showed that two-thirds of adults planned to boycott goods from their neighbor. The tit-for-tat over export controls has escalated a long-simmering feud over whether Japan needs to further compensate Koreans who suffered under its 1910-45 occupation of the peninsula.‘A desperate measure’A Japanese official told Bloomberg News on Thursday that Tokyo had found a number of cases over the past three years of the materials being shipped to North Korea, China and Iran from South Korea. While Japanese officials including Abe have cited reexport concerns as their main reason for implementing the licensing requirements, they have so far stopped short of publicly identifying the recipient countries in question.China, Iran and North Korea are all American security rivals and subjects of Trump administration pressure campaigns, complicating any potential U.S. effort to broker a truce between two of its closest allies.Speculation that South Korea failed to abide by United Nations restrictions on trade with North Korea was “deeply regrettable,” President Moon Jae-in’s national security deputy Kim You-geun said in a televised briefing Friday in Seoul, adding the country wanted an investigation into both sides’ export controls. The move represents Moon’s most forceful effort yet to push back against a decision by Japan to implement export controls on production materials vital to South Korean companies such as Samsung Electronics Co.“If there are any findings of our government’s faults as a result of the investigation, our government will apologize and immediately make fixes,” said Kim. “However, if there is a result that the South Korean government made no mistakes, the Japanese government should not only make an apology, but also immediately withdraw the retaliatory measure of the export curbs.”Samsung Electronics shed about $13 billion in market value after the curbs were announced July 1, although it has since recovered somewhat as anxious memory-chip buyers move to stockpile supplies. South Korea’s benchmark Kospi index has fallen 2% this month, compared with a 1.9% increase in Japan’s Nikkei.Resolving the export issue is more difficult because it’s been entangled with a dispute over South Korean court rulings ordering the seizure of Japanese corporate assets to compensate Koreans forced to work in colonial-era factories and mines. Another expected court decision and a Japanese deadline on its request for arbitration on the matter next week could further heighten tensions.‘Difficult to resolve’Japan will release details on suspected illegal transfers once it can address intelligence concerns, said the Japanese official, who asked not to be identified discussing security information that hasn’t been publicly disclosed. While Abe has said the measures were not a means of retaliating over the historical dispute, the official said Moon’s efforts to undo agreements to resolve historical issues haven’t improved the relationship.The materials targeted by Japan are key to electronics productions. Within the tech sector, fluorinated polyimide is needed for the production of foldable panels, such as those used in Samsung’s Galaxy Fold. Photo-resists are essential for chipmaking, while hydrogen fluoride is needed for both chip and display production.On Wednesday, South Korea’s industry ministry said the country had previously disclosed 156 cases of illegal exports of “strategic” materials between 2015 and 2019, but that included no instances involving Japanese hydrogen fluoride. While some South Korean companies made unapproved transfers to Malaysia, United Arab Emirates and Vietnam, but no countries under United Nations sanctions, the ministry said.Oh Joon, a former South Korean ambassador to the United Nations, said the forced labor dispute complicated matters.“The issue of exports control related to North Korea is something that South Korea and Japan can overcome. It’s a technical issue,” Oh said. “If the two sides share enough information, the two countries could move on, but pouncing on this matter with the forced labor case only makes it difficult to resolve problems.”(Adds details from news briefings, analyst comment in fourth paragraph.)\--With assistance from Seyoon Kim, Shinhye Kang, Jon Herskovitz, Yuko Takeo and Emi Nobuhiro.To contact the reporters on this story: Isabel Reynolds in Tokyo at email@example.com;Jenny Leonard in Washington at firstname.lastname@example.org;Sohee Kim in Seoul at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Brendan Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org, Peter PaeFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
Japan’s threat of export controls on South Korean chipmakers risks “large unintended consequences” on the technology supply chain, including for Japanese companies, a top Asia economist has warned. on exports of key materials used by South Korea’s semiconductor manufacturing giants, in a move aimed at forcing Seoul to change its position on compensation over wartime forced labour. Shaun Roache, chief Asia-Pacific economist at S&P Global Ratings, said Tokyo’s export controls were a sign that technology is increasingly being used as a “geopolitical tool” by governments who might not understand the economic cost of their actions.
So much for Samsung maintaining even the slightest bit of secrecy around the Galaxy Note 10 ahead of its August 7th debut . Both Ishan Agarwal (via MySmartPrice ) and WinFuture have obtained what look to be official press images for the regular Note 10 and its larger Note+ counterpart (shown above). As you might have suspected, the two phones appear to push the Galaxy S10's nearly-all-screen concept even further. The more rectangular design has virtually no bezel, and the only interruption is a hole-punch camera located at the top center of the display.
Micron's Baa3 rating on its existing senior unsecured notes, the Baa2 rating on the senior secured term loan, and the stable outlook are unchanged. The rating is supported by Micron's excellent liquidity, with unrestricted cash and long term marketable investments of about $7.9 billion as of May 30, 2019, a $2.5 billion revolver maturing in 2023 (undrawn as of May 30, 2019), which Moody's expects will remain unused, and Micron's FCF generation and net cash leverage position.
Samsung Venture, the investment arm of the South Korean technology giant, has invested $8.5 million in Indus OS and three other Indian startups as the company's VC fund begins its journey in the country. Indus OS is a popular Android fork that has built a suite of localized applications focused on serving the masses in India. Samsung and Venturest funded the four-year-old startup’s $5.75 million Series B round.
Shares in South Korean memory chipmakers Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and SK Hynix Inc rose on Wednesday as investors bet on production cuts due to curbs on the export of key materials from Japan, analysts said. Samsung and SK Hynix are the companies hardest hit by the Japanese restrictions, the latest salvo in a diplomatic row between Seoul and Tokyo over wartime forced labor. While the curbs will make it difficult in the short term for South Korea's memory giants to find alternative supplies of the materials, they also could lead to reductions in stockpiles and production which is good news for chip prices.
(Bloomberg) -- Investors who have stomached the ups and downs of South Korea’s stock market this year have just been dealt another blow: resurgent tensions with Japan.A trade war initiated by Japan to curb exports of materials crucial for the production of memory chips has wiped out over $35 billion in value from the Korean equity benchmark in July. Investors sold shares in semiconductor makers amid rising concern that they will be the biggest victims of the dispute.Japan’s decision to tighten controls over exports to South Korea of special materials vital to its tech industry erased about 16 trillion won ($13 billion) from Samsung Electronics Co.’s market cap. SK Hynix Inc. has shed 1.5 trillion won. Both Samsung and SK Hynix make up almost a quarter of the benchmark Kospi index.“The first victim will be technology firms, resulting in delays in investment or production,” said Jeon Kyung-dae, who oversees equities at Macquarie Investment Management Korea. “There are a number of other industries where South Korean firms rely on Japanese technologies, such as shipbuilding and machinery, and there’s also concern over boycotts of Japanese products, or vice versa.”South Korea’s stock market had already been roiled by U.S.-China trade tensions, concerns surrounding the outlook for memory chip demand and sensitive relations with North Korea on its denuclearization plans. Last week, President Moon Jae-in’s government lowered its growth forecast for this year.The Kospi index slumped over 2% Monday, the biggest drop in two months as volatility climbed.“The latest skirmish with Japan is just another negative as underlying productivity remains challenged,” said Sat Duhra, fund manager at Janus Henderson Investors. “We have limited tech exposure generally and certainly are not racing to increase this in the current environment.”Chip StocksKorean chipmakers extended last week’s declines after reports that Samsung vice chairman Jay Y. Lee traveled to Japan on Sunday. Morgan Stanley said Samsung and SK Hynix have less than three months of inventory of the affected materials, while other media reports said that it could be less than a month.Read more: Japan-Korea Spat Threatens to Upend the Global Technology Chain“Just until last week, we thought the issue could be relieved with Korean suppliers who can replace Japanese makers,” said Yoon Joon-Won, a fund manager at HDC Asset Management. “But the visit of Jay Y. Lee to Japan seems to have sparked worries that the situation could be worse than expected.”Still, some Korean firms stand to benefit. Shares of local Samsung suppliers jumped this month on expectations that they may win more orders due to Japan’s restrictions.Japan ElectionThe upcoming Japanese upper house election slated for July 21 will be closely watched by investors like HDC Asset’s Yoon, who speculated that politicians may use the export ban issue as part of their campaigns.Read more: What to Watch in Japanese Election That Will Shape Abe’s Legacy“I’m not selling shares in Samsung because of the issue, as I’m waiting for the outcome of the Japan’s election,” Yoon said. “Details on the exports curb may be released before the election.”For some, the tensions aren’t a concern. “We see a limited long-term impact as a political consensus will be reached, both countries are key partners with the U.S. who would not want an escalating trade issue here,” said Ewan Markson-Brown, portfolio manager for Baillie Gifford & Co.Overseas investors have added a net 248 billion won of shares in Samsung since July 1, the most-bought stock on Kospi index.“This is another sign of the emerging theme of de-globalization,” said Knut Gezelius, lead portfolio manager at Skagen Global. “Investors need to ask themselves if the landscape is beginning to change fundamentally.”\--With assistance from Matt Turner.To contact the reporter on this story: Heejin Kim in Seoul at email@example.comTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Divya Balji at firstname.lastname@example.org, Cormac MullenFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
SEOUL/TOKYO (Reuters) - South Korean chipmakers and Japanese chemical suppliers caught in the midst of a sudden escalation of a bilateral diplomatic dispute are scrambling to circumvent tightened export controls imposed by Tokyo, industry executives said. Japan said last week it would stop preferential treatment for shipments of the three materials to South Korea, requiring exporters to gain permission each time they want to ship, which takes around 90 days. Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and SK Hynix are seeking to buy more of the materials from countries like Taiwan or China, said Park Jea-gun, head of the Korean Society of Semiconductor & Display Technology.
Apple shares traded lower Monday after analysts at Rosenblatt Securities downgraded the stock amid concern for weakening iPhone demand and slower service revenue growth over the second half of the year.
Jul.14 -- Samsung Electronics Co. has secured emergency supplies of three key materials that Japan had cut off as part of its export restrictions, according to the Yonhap News Agency. Sohee Kim reports on "Bloomberg Daybreak: Asia."
Jul.08 -- Mehdi Hosseini, senior analyst at Susquehanna Financial Group, discusses how the tensions between South Korea and Japan are affecting the semiconductor industry. South Korean President Moon Jae-in urged Japan to withdraw new restrictions on exports in his first public remarks on a dispute that erupted last week. Hosseini speaks on "Bloomberg Technology: Global Link."