Of course they would. This deal was stuck at a much lower share price. Since the Intel announcement ASML share price has increased by over 40%. This is like free options and a nice way to add book value to your own equity.
@resistion- ASML said up front it would offer up to 25 percent total (and the company capped Intel's stake at 15 percent). Barring a change of plan, that leaves only 5 percent for Samsung. And I personally don't think Samsung would want 20 percent. It remains to be see if Samsung even wants to buy 5 percent.
As we unveil EE Times’ 2015 Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. Panelists Dan Armbrust (investment firm Silicon Catalyst), Andrew Kau (venture capital firm Walden International), and Stan Boland (successful serial entrepreneur, former CEO of Neul, Icera) join in the live debate.