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GuruFocus Financial Strength Rank measures how strong a company’s financial situation is. It is based on these factors

1. The debt burden that the company has as measured by its Interest coverage (current year).
2. Debt to revenue ratio. The lower, the better
3. Altman Z-score.

A company ranks high with financial strength is likely to withstand any business slowdowns and recessions.

Financial Strength : 7/10

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industry
vs
history
Cash to Debt 0.69
MU's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
54% of the 1103 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Memory industry.

( Industry Median: 1.97 vs. MU: 0.69 )
MU' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.5   Max: 5.39
Current: 0.69

0.5
5.39
Equity to Asset 0.48
MU's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
51% of the 1082 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Memory industry.

( Industry Median: 0.63 vs. MU: 0.48 )
MU' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.43   Max: 0.85
Current: 0.48

0.43
0.85
Interest Coverage 8.77
MU's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
53% of the 641 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Memory industry.

( Industry Median: 767.50 vs. MU: 8.77 )
MU' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 1.02   Max: 24.44
Current: 8.77

1.02
24.44
F-Score: 7
Z-Score: 3.60
M-Score: -2.68
GuruFocus Profitability Rank ranks how profitable a company is and how likely the company’s business will stay that way. It is based on these factors:

1. Operating Margin
2. Trend of the Operating Margin (5-year average). The company with an uptrend profit margin has a higher rank.
••3. Consistency of the profitability
4. Piotroski F-Score
5. Predictability Rank•

The maximum rank is 10. A rank of 7 or higher means a higher profitability and may stay that way. A rank of 3 or lower indicates that the company has had trouble to make a profit.

Profitability Rank is not directly related to the Financial Strength Rank. But if a company is consistently profitable, its financial strength will be stronger.

Profitability & Growth : 7/10

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industry
vs
history
Operating margin (%) 18.87
MU's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
92% of the 1092 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Memory industry.

( Industry Median: 4.50 vs. MU: 18.87 )
MU' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: -39.6   Max: 43.91
Current: 18.87

-39.6
43.91
Net-margin (%) 18.61
MU's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
93% of the 1092 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Memory industry.

( Industry Median: 3.19 vs. MU: 18.61 )
MU' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -41.19   Max: 28.59
Current: 18.61

-41.19
28.59
ROE (%) 31.49
MU's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
98% of the 1087 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Memory industry.

( Industry Median: 4.25 vs. MU: 31.49 )
MU' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -33.82   Max: 30.58
Current: 31.49

-33.82
30.58
ROA (%) 14.85
MU's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
96% of the 1104 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Memory industry.

( Industry Median: 2.33 vs. MU: 14.85 )
MU' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -17.31   Max: 18.39
Current: 14.85

-17.31
18.39
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 29.20
MU's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
85% of the 1103 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Memory industry.

( Industry Median: 7.00 vs. MU: 29.20 )
MU' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: -23.98   Max: 66.45
Current: 29.2

-23.98
66.45
Revenue Growth (%) 16.10
MU's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
90% of the 786 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Memory industry.

( Industry Median: -1.80 vs. MU: 16.10 )
MU' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: -21.5   Max: 17.4
Current: 16.1

-21.5
17.4
EBITDA Growth (%) 16.20
MU's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
89% of the 560 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Memory industry.

( Industry Median: -6.20 vs. MU: 16.20 )
MU' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: -75.9   Max: 210.7
Current: 16.2

-75.9
210.7
EPS Growth (%) 146.30
MU's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
99% of the 483 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Memory industry.

( Industry Median: -6.80 vs. MU: 146.30 )
MU' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: -23.1   Max: 146.3
Current: 146.3

-23.1
146.3
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Financials


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Cash & Debt
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Guru Trades

Q4 2013

MU Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Whitney Tilson 100,000 sh (New)
Caxton Associates 72,878 sh (New)
Chuck Royce 5,800 sh (New)
Louis Moore Bacon 648,183 sh (New)
RS Investment Management 321,100 sh (New)
Paul Tudor Jones 92,767 sh (+201.19%)
David Einhorn 47,700,200 sh (+107.21%)
Jeremy Grantham 521,847 sh (+28.53%)
Steven Cohen 4,272,600 sh (unchged)
PRIMECAP Management 35,282,035 sh (-0.56%)
Donald Smith 20,320,887 sh (-9.7%)
Seth Klarman 51,655,434 sh (-19.29%)
Andreas Halvorsen 28,160,135 sh (-24.6%)
Ken Heebner 4,240,000 sh (-26.07%)
Steven Cohen 7,297,432 sh (-40.03%)
Robert Karr 2,361,697 sh (-51.09%)
Jim Simons 805,636 sh (-65.89%)
Ray Dalio 664,217 sh (-66.75%)
George Soros 200,000 sh (-82.61%)
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Q1 2014

MU Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Joel Greenblatt 15,339 sh (New)
Jim Simons 5,287,040 sh (+556.26%)
Chuck Royce 10,300 sh (+77.59%)
George Soros 250,000 sh (+25%)
Whitney Tilson 113,120 sh (+13.12%)
Seth Klarman 51,655,434 sh (unchged)
Robert Karr Sold Out
Ken Heebner Sold Out
Caxton Associates Sold Out
PRIMECAP Management 35,171,835 sh (-0.31%)
Donald Smith 20,219,546 sh (-0.5%)
David Einhorn 44,004,293 sh (-7.75%)
RS Investment Management 295,700 sh (-7.91%)
Paul Tudor Jones 72,648 sh (-21.69%)
Andreas Halvorsen 20,667,617 sh (-26.61%)
Ray Dalio 423,374 sh (-36.26%)
Steven Cohen 4,584,076 sh (-37.18%)
Jeremy Grantham 225,547 sh (-56.78%)
Louis Moore Bacon 197,801 sh (-69.48%)
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Q2 2014

MU Guru Trades in Q2 2014

Caxton Associates 162,900 sh (New)
Julian Robertson 49,300 sh (New)
John Burbank 7,698 sh (New)
Ken Heebner 4,906,500 sh (New)
Jean-Marie Eveillard 3,300,530 sh (New)
Pioneer Investments 66,725 sh (New)
George Soros 700,000 sh (+180%)
RS Investment Management 554,000 sh (+87.35%)
Ray Dalio 686,474 sh (+62.14%)
Louis Moore Bacon 215,559 sh (+8.98%)
Whitney Tilson 117,165 sh (+3.58%)
Steven Cohen 3,940,000 sh (unchged)
Seth Klarman 51,655,434 sh (unchged)
Joel Greenblatt Sold Out
PRIMECAP Management 34,863,335 sh (-0.88%)
Donald Smith 18,691,359 sh (-7.56%)
David Einhorn 40,344,293 sh (-8.32%)
Andreas Halvorsen 17,699,068 sh (-14.36%)
Chuck Royce 6,500 sh (-36.89%)
Paul Tudor Jones 43,601 sh (-39.98%)
Jim Simons 2,477,136 sh (-53.15%)
Jeremy Grantham 8,400 sh (-96.28%)
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Q3 2014

MU Guru Trades in Q3 2014

David Dreman 44,769 sh (New)
Joel Greenblatt 1,363,304 sh (New)
Mariko Gordon 25,799 sh (New)
Paul Tudor Jones 99,168 sh (+127.44%)
Louis Moore Bacon 330,520 sh (+53.33%)
Steven Cohen 5,930,600 sh (+50.52%)
Andreas Halvorsen 20,566,647 sh (+16.2%)
Caxton Associates 1,000,000 sh (unchged)
Seth Klarman 51,655,434 sh (unchged)
Jean-Marie Eveillard Sold Out
Chuck Royce Sold Out
John Burbank Sold Out
Jeremy Grantham Sold Out
PRIMECAP Management 34,820,435 sh (-0.12%)
Caxton Associates 150,000 sh (-7.92%)
Donald Smith 16,534,957 sh (-11.54%)
Julian Robertson 41,200 sh (-16.43%)
Whitney Tilson 94,215 sh (-19.59%)
RS Investment Management 433,800 sh (-21.7%)
David Einhorn 30,474,593 sh (-24.46%)
George Soros 450,000 sh (-35.71%)
Ray Dalio 430,874 sh (-37.23%)
Ken Heebner 1,416,500 sh (-71.13%)
Jim Simons 493,836 sh (-80.06%)
Pioneer Investments 6,868 sh (-89.71%)
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Latest Guru Trades with MU

(List those with share number changes of more than 20%, or impact to portfolio more than 0.1%)

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
David Einhorn 2014-09-30 Reduce -24.46%4.53%$29.68 - $34.64 $ 35.6210%30474593
Ken Heebner 2014-09-30 Reduce -71.13%3.06%$29.68 - $34.64 $ 35.6210%1416500
Donald Smith 2014-09-30 Reduce -11.54%1.33%$29.68 - $34.64 $ 35.6210%16534957
Whitney Tilson 2014-09-30 Reduce -19.59%1.14%$29.68 - $34.64 $ 35.6210%94215
Joel Greenblatt 2014-09-30 New Buy0.46%$29.68 - $34.64 $ 35.6210%1363304
Andreas Halvorsen 2014-09-30 Add 16.2%0.39%$29.68 - $34.64 $ 35.6210%20566647
Jean-Marie Eveillard 2014-09-30 Sold Out 0.26%$29.68 - $34.64 $ 35.6210%0
David Dreman 2014-09-30 New Buy0.12%$29.68 - $34.64 $ 35.6210%44769
George Soros 2014-09-30 Reduce -35.71%0.06%$29.68 - $34.64 $ 35.6210%450000
Ray Dalio 2014-09-30 Reduce -37.23%0.06%$29.68 - $34.64 $ 35.6210%430874
Mariko Gordon 2014-09-30 New Buy0.04%$29.68 - $34.64 $ 35.6210%25799
John Burbank 2014-09-30 Sold Out $29.68 - $34.64 $ 35.6210%0
Ken Heebner 2014-06-30 New Buy4.3%$21.13 - $32.5 $ 35.6231%4906500
David Einhorn 2014-06-30 Reduce -8.32%1.3%$21.13 - $32.5 $ 35.6231%40344293
Donald Smith 2014-06-30 Reduce -7.56%0.7%$21.13 - $32.5 $ 35.6231%18691359
Julian Robertson 2014-06-30 New Buy0.59%$21.13 - $32.5 $ 35.6231%49300
Andreas Halvorsen 2014-06-30 Reduce -14.36%0.3%$21.13 - $32.5 $ 35.6231%17699068
Jean-Marie Eveillard 2014-06-30 New Buy0.26%$21.13 - $32.5 $ 35.6231%3300530
Whitney Tilson 2014-06-30 Add 3.58%0.2%$21.13 - $32.5 $ 35.6231%117165
George Soros 2014-06-30 Add 180%0.11%$21.13 - $32.5 $ 35.6231%700000
Ray Dalio 2014-06-30 Add 62.14%0.07%$21.13 - $32.5 $ 35.6231%686474
Joel Greenblatt 2014-06-30 Sold Out 0.01%$21.13 - $32.5 $ 35.6231%0
John Burbank 2014-06-30 New Buy$21.13 - $32.5 $ 35.6231%7698
Robert Karr 2014-03-31 Sold Out 3.5%$20.67 - $25.49 $ 35.6250%0
Ken Heebner 2014-03-31 Sold Out 2.4%$20.67 - $25.49 $ 35.6250%0
David Einhorn 2014-03-31 Reduce -7.75%1.1%$20.67 - $25.49 $ 35.6250%44004293
Andreas Halvorsen 2014-03-31 Reduce -26.61%0.77%$20.67 - $25.49 $ 35.6250%20667617
Whitney Tilson 2014-03-31 Add 13.12%0.49%$20.67 - $25.49 $ 35.6250%113120
Ray Dalio 2014-03-31 Reduce -36.26%0.04%$20.67 - $25.49 $ 35.6250%423374
George Soros 2014-03-31 Add 25%0.01%$20.67 - $25.49 $ 35.6250%250000
Joel Greenblatt 2014-03-31 New Buy0.01%$20.67 - $25.49 $ 35.6250%15339
David Einhorn 2013-12-31 Add 107.21%7.35%$16.551 - $23.14 $ 35.6283%47700200
Seth Klarman 2013-12-31 Reduce -19.29%6.17%$16.551 - $23.14 $ 35.6283%51655434
Whitney Tilson 2013-12-31 New Buy3.5%$16.551 - $23.14 $ 35.6283%100000
Robert Karr 2013-12-31 Reduce -51.09%3.22%$16.551 - $23.14 $ 35.6283%2361697
Andreas Halvorsen 2013-12-31 Reduce -24.6%0.89%$16.551 - $23.14 $ 35.6283%28160135
Donald Smith 2013-12-31 Reduce -9.7%0.81%$16.551 - $23.14 $ 35.6283%20320887
Ken Heebner 2013-12-31 Reduce -26.07%0.7%$16.551 - $23.14 $ 35.6283%4240000
Ray Dalio 2013-12-31 Reduce -66.75%0.19%$16.551 - $23.14 $ 35.6283%664217
George Soros 2013-12-31 Reduce -82.61%0.18%$16.551 - $23.14 $ 35.6283%200000
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Guru Investment Theses on Micron Technology Inc

David Einhorn Comments on Micron Technologies - Jan 23, 2014

MU (MU) is a manufacturer of semiconductor memory chips (DRAM and NAND flash). This isn't our first go-round with MU; it was a large short position from January 2001 to February 2005. Back then, DRAM was a lousy industry with too many competitors selling an undifferentiated product, often below cost. In the first quarter of 2001 when the shares were trading in the low $40s we wrote:

MU is valued at 6.5x current run-rate revenues and, today, generates no profits. In its best year ever (fiscal 2000), MU recorded $2.52 per share of earnings, making the current price 17x the peak earnings of a cyclical, commodity manufacturer. In the previous two years, MU lost money.

At the time, the valuation was kept aloft by the hopes and dreams of sell-side analysts. In our next letter we shared the following anecdote:

In an exchange of e-mails with a leading sell-side analyst who recommends purchase of MU with a $70 per share target, we solicited his justification for the current $24 billion market capitalization (let alone the $40 billion suggested by his target.) Our analyst friend explained he tried to use cyclical valuation methodologies to come up with a rationale for buying the stock but failed because such an approach suggests "the stock should trade in the teens." However, he maintains, should we have a good pricing environment next year, "people will treat the stock the same way [as they have] and take it much higher than they should." Lest we be unclear about his raison d'être, he added he "could just perennially stamp an underperform on MU because he can't justify the $24 billion, but that would be boring." He need not worry; we are fans of boring.

This sort of unchecked cheerleading among sell-side analysts is by no means gone. Today, they spin different fables to justify otherwise inexplicable valuations for the latest flavor-of-the-month stocks. As for MU, a decade of poor results exposed every flaw in the business and killed any love for the stock. The sell-side groupthink has reversed: the mostly bearish analysts now contort themselves to justify earnings estimates that are too low, price targets that are too pessimistic, and stock ratings that are too negative.

We established a position in MU at an average price of $16.49, marking the first time we have taken a long position in a company in which we once had a material short position. The industry has changed and so has MU. Its purchase of Elpida Memory out of bankruptcy in August 2013 marks the end of a decade of consolidation from roughly a dozen major DRAM players down to just three. Technological advances and locked-up intellectual property have made it unlikely that any new players will enter the industry in the intermediate term. MU and its competitors have signaled that they will refrain from adding capacity and will instead prioritize economic value-add. For the first time in memory, MU intends to use its excess cash flow to shrink the outstanding share count rather than build new factories. We believe the company will approach $4 per share of earnings and free cash flow in calendar 2014, and should enjoy a better multiple as investors begin to appreciate the new dynamic. The shares ended the quarter at $21.75.

 

From David Einhorn (Trades, Portfolio)'s fourth quarter 2013 commentary.

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Ratios

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industry
vs
history
P/E(ttm) 14.00
MU's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
89% of the 1154 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Memory industry.

( Industry Median: 65.90 vs. MU: 14.00 )
MU' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 3.54   Max: 121.49
Current: 14

3.54
121.49
P/B 3.55
MU's P/B is ranked lower than
51% of the 1154 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Memory industry.

( Industry Median: 1.91 vs. MU: 3.55 )
MU' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 0.26   Max: 3.63
Current: 3.55

0.26
3.63
P/S 2.61
MU's P/S is ranked higher than
55% of the 1154 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Memory industry.

( Industry Median: 1.80 vs. MU: 2.61 )
MU' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.25   Max: 2.98
Current: 2.61

0.25
2.98
PFCF 14.02
MU's PFCF is ranked higher than
87% of the 1154 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Memory industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. MU: 14.02 )
MU' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 2.77   Max: 411.67
Current: 14.02

2.77
411.67
EV-to-EBIT 13.31
MU's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
84% of the 1154 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Memory industry.

( Industry Median: 39.12 vs. MU: 13.31 )
MU' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: -186.5   Max: 565.7
Current: 13.31

-186.5
565.7
PEG 3.68
MU's PEG is ranked higher than
90% of the 1154 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Memory industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. MU: 3.68 )
MU' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 0.43   Max: 4.04
Current: 3.68

0.43
4.04
Shiller P/E 107.11
MU's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
85% of the 1154 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Memory industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. MU: 107.11 )
MU' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 84.21   Max: 374.78
Current: 107.11

84.21
374.78
Current Ratio 2.13
MU's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
61% of the 1101 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Memory industry.

( Industry Median: 2.49 vs. MU: 2.13 )
MU' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 1.45   Max: 4.57
Current: 2.13

1.45
4.57
Quick Ratio 1.62
MU's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
62% of the 1101 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Memory industry.

( Industry Median: 1.90 vs. MU: 1.62 )
MU' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 1.07   Max: 3.85
Current: 1.62

1.07
3.85

Valuation & Return

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industry
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history
Price/Tangible Book 3.71
MU's Price/Tangible Book is ranked higher than
53% of the 1154 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Memory industry.

( Industry Median: 2.29 vs. MU: 3.71 )
MU' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 0.55   Max: 8.56
Current: 3.71

0.55
8.56
Price/DCF (Projected) 1.82
MU's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
86% of the 1154 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Memory industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. MU: 1.82 )
MU' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.95   Max: 12.72
Current: 1.82

0.95
12.72
Price/Median PS Value 1.81
MU's Price/Median PS Value is ranked lower than
53% of the 1154 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Memory industry.

( Industry Median: 1.09 vs. MU: 1.81 )
MU' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.39   Max: 5.3
Current: 1.81

0.39
5.3
Price/Graham Number 1.43
MU's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
78% of the 1154 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Memory industry.

( Industry Median: 3.68 vs. MU: 1.43 )
MU' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 0.35   Max: 3.13
Current: 1.43

0.35
3.13
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 7.50
MU's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
83% of the 1079 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Memory industry.

( Industry Median: 3.10 vs. MU: 7.50 )
MU' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 0.2   Max: 20.2
Current: 7.5

0.2
20.2
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 6.66
MU's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
86% of the 744 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Memory industry.

( Industry Median: 0.13 vs. MU: 6.66 )
MU' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -65.1   Max: 51.3
Current: 6.66

-65.1
51.3

Business Description

Industry: Semiconductors » Semiconductor Memory
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Micron Technology Inc was incorporated in October 1978. The Company manufactures and markets a range of DRAM, NAND Flash and NOR Flash memory, as well as other memory technologies, packaging solutions and semiconductor systems for use in computing, consumer, networking, automotive, industrial, embedded and mobile products. It markets its products through its internal sales force, independent sales representatives and distributors primarily to Original Equipment Manufacturers and retailers located around the world. The Company's segments include Compute and Networking Business Unit, Mobile Business Unit, Storage Business Unit and Embedded Business Unit. CNBU includes DRAM and NOR Flash products sold to the compute, networking, graphics and cloud server markets. MBU includes DRAM, NAND Flash and NOR Flash products sold to the smartphone, feature phone and tablet mobile-device market. SBU includes NAND Flash components and SSDs sold into enterprise and client storage, cloud and removable storage markets. SBU also includes NAND Flash products sold to Intel. EBU includes DRAM, NAND Flash and NOR Flash products sold into automotive and industrial applications, as well as the connected home and consumer electronics markets. Its manufacturing facilities are located in the United States, China, Japan, Malaysia, Puerto Rico, Singapore and Taiwan. It sells semiconductor products in both packaged and unpackaged forms. Its packaged products include memory modules, SSDs, MCPs, managed NAND, memory cards and USB devices. The semiconductor memory products are offered under the Micron, Lexar, Crucial, SpecTek and Elpida brand names and private labels. The Company faces intense competition in the semiconductor memory market from a number of companies, including Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.; SanDisk Corporation; SK Hynix Inc. and Toshiba Corporation.
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