SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s Samsung Electronics has reduced its stake in semiconductor manufacturing equipment maker ASML by more than a half, its recent filings showed.
Samsung held 2.75 million shares in the Dutch company as of end-June, the South Korean tech giant said in its semi-annual report, down from 6.3 million shares in its first quarter report.
The stake that Samsung sold is worth around 2.1 billion euros ($2.29 billion) based on the latest share prices.
Samsung is expected to spend the proceeds on new memory chip production lines, local media reported on Wednesday.
A Samsung Elec spokesperson confirmed the stake sale but did not elaborate.
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(Reporting by Ju-min Park and Heekyong Yang; editing by Jason Neely)