A 2 trillion yen (£11bn) tender offer for troubled electronics and energy giant Toshiba by a Japanese consortium has been completed, clearing the way for it to be delisted, the company said on Thursday.
In the tender offer, which was announced last month and ended on Wednesday, the number of shares purchased exceeded the minimum needed, at 78.65 per cent, it said.
The switch to Toshiba’s new parent company and largest shareholder, called TBJH Inc, will take place on 27 September.
However, the move still needs shareholders’ approval, and a meeting has been set for November, according to Toshiba.
Toshiba will then delist from the Tokyo Stock Exchange within about a month. That will end its more than seven-decade history as a listed company. The purchase price was 4,620 yen (£25.24) per share.
Chief executive Taro Shimada said: “Toshiba Group will now take a major step toward a new future with a new shareholder.”
Even after privatisation, the company will “do the right thing” to try to boost its value, he added.
An accounting scandal, which surfaced in 2015 and involved books being doctored for years, added to woes related to Toshiba’s nuclear energy business.
It faces the daunting and costly task of decommissioning the nuclear power plant in Fukushima, northern Japan, where a tsunami set off three meltdowns in 2011.
A leading brand behind rice cookers, TVs, laptops and other products once symbolic of Japan’s technological prowess, Toshiba had billed the takeover led by the consortium of Japanese banks and major companies, known as Japan Industrial Partners, as its last chance for a turnaround.
Toshiba’s board accepted the deal in March.
Toshiba has spun off parts of its operations, including its prized flash-memory business, now known as Kioxia. Toshiba is a major stakeholder in Kioxia.
Overseas activist investors, who own a significant number of Toshiba’s shares, had initially expressed some dissatisfaction about the bid.
Analysts say it is unclear whether Toshiba can return to profitability, even with the delisting.
Toshiba’s shares were up 0.2 per cent at 4,604 yen (£25.14) in Tokyo on Thursday.
The company racked up a 25bn yen (£136.6m) loss for the April-June quarter on 704bn yen (£3.9bn) in sales, down nearly five per cent from the year before.
The decommissioning effort at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant is expected to take decades.
Toshiba’s US nuclear arm, Westinghouse, filed for bankruptcy in 2017 after years of deep losses as safety costs soared.
Yuri Kageyama – Associated Press