A rumor from an unofficial source has been making the rounds for a few days. Apparently a number of unnamed investment banking firms were planning to broker a merger between Acer and one of its two major rivals, Lenovo and ASUS. Acer’s founder Stan Shih, when quizzed about the possibility, said that he would “let nature take its course.” It should be mentioned here though that Shih isn’t actually involved in Acer’s management, he is retired but remains the company’s largest shareholder. Acer has now denied the possibility of a merger with either of the two companies, adding that it is not interested in such an idea.
The company said that its management has not been contacted by any investment bank to inquire about the possibility of it merging with a rival such as Lenovo or ASUS. Acer said that it is not interested. However, the company mentioned that it has been “undergoing reform.” It also said that it has confidence in its global brand business operation. Acer further said that while the market has rapidly been changing, notebooks, tablets and smartphones have market potential and the company will keep cultivating these market segments. It expects to “score points sooner or later.”
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