Sharp’s Information Equipment group, which includes MFPs, is one of its only consistently profitable divisions. Not forever - but at least for now.
One other thing to note is for Sharp (very proud Japanese company) to take an investment from a competing Taiwanese company means this was a bold move. They even took time at the Sharp dealer meeting to explain it (not sure if the dealers gave a sh*t) but that is a big deal.
Sharp spent a fortune on its new 10G LCD facility, but by the time they finished building it LCDs had lost so much value that they could never pay it off. Sharp is in similar trouble with Solar.