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AMD says closes plant spin-off deal

  Advanced Micro Devices Inc closed a deal to spin off its manufacturing operations on Monday, and said it expects the new company to assume responsibility for paying off about $1.1 billion of debt.

The plants which make AMD’s chips are now part of a $5 billion joint venture with Advanced Technology Investment Co, of Abu Dhabi, temporarily called The Foundry Co.

AMD, a distant runner-up to Intel Corp in the microprocessor business, won approval from shareholders last month for the spin off.

AMD shares rose marginally in after-hours trade after sliding nearly 8% to $2.01 on Nasdaq in regular trading as the broader market tumbled. (Reuters)