July 10, 2019 / 6:10 AM / 3 months ago

Japan's H.I.S. looks to raise Unizo stake to 45% for $390 million

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese travel services provider H.I.S. Co (9603.T) said on Wednesday it would spend 42.655 billion yen ($391.76 million) to launch a tender offer for about 40% of shares in hotel operator Unizo Holdings Co (3258.T).

H.I.S., already Unizo’s top shareholder with a 4.79% stake, said it would offer 3,100 yen for each Unizo share, representing a 56% premium over Tuesday’s closing price of 1,990 yen.

Shares in Unizo rose by the daily allowable limit of 400 yen ($3.67), or up 20%, after the Nikkei business daily reported the possible deal earlier. H.I.S. shares fell as much as 6.3% before ending down 4.6%.

Reporting by Chang-Ran Kim; Editing by Himani Sarkar

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