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  • Writer's pictureHank Klint

Toshiba's $14 Billion Tender Offer by Japan Industrial Partners Marks a New Chapter

Toshiba, the embattled industrial conglomerate, has announced the successful conclusion of a $14 billion tender offer from private equity firm Japan Industrial Partners (JIP). This significant deal is poised to take Toshiba private, as the JIP-led consortium secured 78.65% of Toshiba shares tendered, granting them a two-thirds majority capable of squeezing out remaining shareholders.

This development signals a return to domestic ownership for Toshiba, ending years of confrontations with overseas activist investors, and it's expected to lead to Toshiba's delisting as early as December.

Analyst Travis Lundy of Quiddity Advisors commented, "Activist shareholders and Toshiba were stuck with each other for years. This takeover allows both sides to escape their mutual bearhug." Back in March, Toshiba had accepted the buyout offer, valuing the conglomerate at 2 trillion yen ($13.5 billion). Although some shareholders expressed dissatisfaction with the price, Toshiba argued that there were no prospects of higher offers or competing bids.

Toshiba's CEO, Taro Shimada, expressed gratitude to shareholders for their understanding, noting that the company would embark on a new future with a new shareholder. The complex relationships with various stakeholders, including shareholders with differing opinions, had hampered business operations, and a stable shareholder base is expected to help Toshiba pursue its long-term strategy centered on high-margin digital services. JIP intends to retain CEO Shimada.

While JIP may not be widely recognized overseas, the firm has been involved in corporate carve-outs and spin-offs from Japanese conglomerates, including Olympus's camera business and Sony Group's laptop computer business.

Toshiba has faced numerous challenges since 2015, including accounting scandals, heavy losses, and the risk of delisting. It has also grappled with corporate governance issues.

The JIP consortium comprises 20 Japanese companies, led by chipmaker Rohm, financial services firm Orix, and Chubu Electric Power.

This deal represents Japan's largest M&A transaction of the year. Remarkably, Japan stands as the sole major Asian market to experience growth in mergers and acquisitions this year, with a particularly active landscape for private equity deals, including a planned $6.4 billion buyout of materials maker JSR by a government-backed fund, according to LSEG data.

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