SK Hynix says informed by Toshiba of new memory business stake sale plans

The logo of SK Hynix is seen at its headquarters in Seongnam, South Korea, April 25, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/File Photo

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean memory chip maker SK Hynix Inc said on Monday it has received information from Toshiba Corp about new plans for the Japanese firm's plan to sell a stake in its memory chip business.

SK Hynix in February submitted a bid for a minority stake in Toshiba's memory chip business, the world's No. 2 maker of NAND chips used for long-term data storage.

Toshiba later decided to sell most of the chip business and wants to raise at least 1 trillion yen ($8.79 billion) amid mounting financial pressure from troubles at its Westinghouse nuclear unit, a source previously told Reuters.

SK Hynix said it will make another disclosure when it decides on whether to submit a final offer, without elaborating.

($1 = 113.7700 yen)

(Reporting by Se Young Lee)