Global 500 rank: 292
2007 loss ($ millions): $639
In an effort to diversify its offerings, the Singapore-based contract manufacturer spent nearly $3.6 billion in cash and stock to acquire a competitor, California-based Solectron.
Absorbing the company meant absorbing its long-term debt. Combined with hefty restructuring costs, this acquisition was costly enough to put the company in the red.NEXT: EADS