As Sharp works to restructure and stay afloat, word has it that Samsung may come in to help. According to Bloomberg, Samsung is reportedly in talks to invest roughly 10 billion yen, or $107 million, in the ailing Japanese consumer-electronics maker.
People familiar with the situation told Bloomberg that details of the possible partnership could be announced as soon as today, but nothing has been confirmed yet.
Sharp has had a rough go over the past couple of years. The electronics manufacturer saw sales drop 16 percent year-over-year to 1.1 trillion yen, or $13.7 billion, in the six months that ended September 30. The company's net loss widened to 387.6 billion yen, dwarfing last year's six-month loss of 39.8 billion yen. Sharp also forecast a record 450 billion yen loss for the fiscal year ending March 2013.
Not only are its losses "huge," but in November the company also warned investors that there was "material doubt" that it may be able to continue as a "going concern." Sharp has worked to focus on restructuring efforts, which include massive layoffs, that could help the company generate more cash flow and attract creditors to help it raise funds.
Even though a $107 million Samsung investment cannot save Sharp, it would surely be good news to the company and create a sense of optimism around a possible recovery. With the investment rumors flying today, Sharp's shares increased by 15 percent in Tokyo trading. According to Bloomberg, this would be almost the biggest one-day gain since September 1974.
CNET contacted Sharp and Samsung for comment. We'll update the story when we get more information.