Toshiba to weigh buyout offer from UK fund

TOKYO (AFP) – Toshiba is considering a buyout offer from a British private equity fund, it said yesterday, with reports suggesting the deal could be worth about USD20 billion.

Trading of Toshiba shares was halted on Tokyo’s stock exchange at the open, after the Japanese firm confirmed the offer in a statement.

Toshiba said it “received an initial proposal yesterday” by CVC Capital Partners for a buyout.

“We will request detailed information and carefully discuss” the offer, the firm added.

The Nikkei newspaper said CVC was considering a 30-per-cent premium over the Japanese industrial group’s current share price, valuing the deal at nearly JPY2.3 trillion based on Tuesday’s close.

The company logo of Toshiba Corp displayed in front of its headquarters in Tokyo. PHOTO: AP

The financial daily said CVC would consider recruiting other investors to participate in the buyout. CVC declined to comment on the matter.

The proposal would take Toshiba private, with delisting intended to produce faster decision-making by Toshiba’s management, which has clashed with shareholders recently, reports said.

The move, if successful, would allow the firm to concentrate resources on renewable energies and other core businesses, the reports added.

The two firms are not strangers – Toshiba Chief Executive Officer and President Nobuaki Kurumatani was head of CVC’s Japanese operations between 2017 and 2018, before he took the top job at the conglomerate.