Samsung appears set to split itself into in two, after a disastrous year which saw the firm embroiled in political and governance scandals culminated with the recall of the combustible Note 7 devices.
The financial damage caused by the exploding batteries in the flagship Galaxy Note 7 phablet is likely to cost 6.1 trillion won (£4.2bn) according to the company's latest estimates. Samsung's woes mean that it is no longer the most profitable maker of Android phones, with China's Huawei taking that accolade.
Samsung's offices have also been raided by prosecutors as part of a political scandal which may ultimately topple President Park Geun-hye.
Calls for the company to be broken up are not new, and there have long been concerns among investors about the company's complex structure.
But Samsung's current position has given the upper hand to investors including the US hedge fund Elliott Management which owns 0.6 per cent of the company. Elliot and others are now increasing their demands that Samsung is split into an operational enterprise and holding company.
Elliot also wants Samsung to pay out 30 trillion won (£21bn) in a special dividend to shareholders.
Samsung has not disclosed its plans yet, although it is reportedly considering the option of a split and was planning a conference call Tuesday to discuss the issue, according to the Seoul Economic Daily.
A break up of Samsung into two separate companies would be welcomed by investors, according to analysts.
Such a move would also allow a smooth takeover by the company by Lee Jae-yong from his father Lee Kun-hee, who suffered a heart attack in 2014 but remains leader of the Samsung Group.
Other changes may be in store for Samsung too, with Lenovo mulling a purchase of the firm's ailing PC business for around one trillion won (£680m).
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