The creator of cutting edge LCD screens owes Apple more than $800 million for the $1.5 billion (1.15 billion pounds) cost of building the plant four years back.

Desperate Japan Display is examining the clearance of its fundamental cell phone screen production line to Apple and Sharp for as much as $820 million, the Nikkei business day by day investigated Friday. Sharp, a unit of Taiwan’s Foxconn and which like Japan Display is likewise a provider of telephone screens to Apple, said it was thinking about the acquisition of the plant in the wake of getting a solicitation from a customer it didn’t recognize.

“We are cautiously thinking about it, checking on the effect that any buy would have on our income, and whether and how much hazard it would involve,” Sharp said in an announcement.

Apple didn’t quickly react to a solicitation for input.

Japan Display said it was thinking about all choices for its plant in Hakusan City, Ishikawa prefecture in western Japan, however that nothing has been chosen.

The creator of cutting edge LCD screens owes Apple more than $800 million for the $1.5 billion (GBP 1.15 billion) cost of building the plant four years back.

A clearance of the whole industrial facility would speak to a move from Japan Display’s announcement this month that $200 million guaranteed by a client, which sources said was Apple, may come through buying hardware at the plant.

The Nikkei put the potential deal cost at JPY 80 billion to JPY 90 billion ($730 million to $820 million).

A different report in the Asahi paper said Sharp intends to buy the plant, which has been inert since July, by March of one year from now and that subtleties would be worked out with Apple.

Japan Display’s offers rose as much as 8.2 percent in Tokyo exchange on the reports, esteeming the organization at around JPY 67 billion.

It said for the current month that it intends to get up to JPY 90 billion in budgetary help from Ichigo Asset Management, giving the Japanese resource chief compelling control.

Taiwanese agreement hardware maker Wistron is likewise set to partake in the bailout.

Japan Display has lost cash for as far back as five years and announced its eleventh successive quarterly total deficit a month ago on lazy showcase deals and rebuilding costs.

Albeit a late move to OLED screens has cost it orders from Apple and is answerable for a lot of Japan Display’s budgetary hardships, the U.S. tech goliath still represented around 60 percent of its incomes in the last money related year finished March.