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June 22, 2022, 11:03 p.m. EDT

Toshiba's Shares Rise on Potential Offer to Take Company Private

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By Justina Lee

Toshiba Corp. shares gained on a report that bidders may offer up to 7,000 yen ($51.38) a share to take the Japanese conglomerate private.

Shares rose as much as 6.5% to 5,858 yen in Thursday morning trade before paring gains to Y5,765. The stock was last up 4.5% at Y5,747.

Reuters reported that the offer price range of up to Y7,000 a share would represent up to a 27% premium to Toshiba's share price of Y5,501 as of Wednesday's close.

If the deal is successful, the deal is expected to be Japan's biggest buyout since 2018, when a consortium led by management consulting firm Bain & Co. acquired the conglomerate's memory chip unit, Kioxia Holdings Corp., for $18 billion.

Toshiba's chief executive, Taro Shimada, said earlier this month that he didn't want any buyers to split up the company.

Write to Justina Lee at justina.lee@wsj.com

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