January 17, 2020 / 6:20 AM / a month ago

Toshiba succeeds in bid for chip equipment unit, beating Hoya

FILE PHOTO: A logo of Toshiba Corp is seen on a printed circuit board in this photo illustration taken in Tokyo July 31, 2012. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

TOKYO (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp (6502.T) said on Friday its succeeded with its takeover bid for chip equipment unit NuFlare Technology Inc (6256.T), staving off a higher counter offer by Hoya Corp (7741.T).

Toshiba, which initially held 52.4% of NuFlare, acquired a further 32.3% through a tender offer that ended Thursday, achieving its target of securing more than a two-thirds stake.

Toshiba was aiming to take over NuFlare as the Japanese government pointed to corporate governance issues with dual listings of parents and subsidiaries.

Optical products maker Hoya offered 12,900 yen per NuFlare share or $1.4 billion - a rare unsolicited bid in Japan, topping Toshiba’s offer of 11,900 yen.

But Toshiba decided not to accept Hoya’s offer, saying the chip equipment unit was core to the group.

Reporting by Makiko Yamazaki; Editing by Chris Gallagher

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