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Hitachi plans to sell Hitachi Metals in a deal worth over $6 bln - sources

09/29/2020 | 03:28am EDT
A logo of Hitachi Ltd. is pictured at the CEATEC JAPAN 2017 in Chiba

Hitachi Ltd plans to launch a sale of its materials unit as early as next month in a deal that could be worth more than 700 billion yen ($6.6 billion), three people with knowledge of the matter said. Hitachi is planning to sell its 53% stake in Hitachi Metals Ltd, which makes components for cars and industrial equipment, said the sources who declined to be named as they were not authorised to speak to the media.

Other minority shareholders in the Hitachi unit are expected to sell their stakes to a winning bidder, the sources said, adding that Hitachi Metals would eventually be delisted from the Tokyo bourse. Hitachi Metals had a market value of about 700 billion yen ($6.63 billion) based on Tuesday's close. A buyout would exceed that amount given a premium would be expected.

Hitachi has retained Goldman Sachs Group to advise on the sale while Hitachi Metals has hired Bank of America, the people said. Spokespeople for the two banks declined to comment.

Hitachi and Hitachi Metals declined to comment. The conglomerate said in August it was considering various options for the metals unit.

Japanese conglomerates are driving the country's M&A rebound as they reorganise. Deals taking businesses private have amounted to $41.8 billion this year, up 34% year on year, according to Dealogic.

On Tuesday state-backed Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp (NTT) announced it planned to take its wireless carrier business NTT Docomo Inc private in a deal worth 4.25 trillion yen.

The sale of Hitachi Metals is the latest of Hitachi's divestiture of businesses.

Hitachi sold chemical unit Hitachi Chemical Co to Showa Denko and a diagnostic imaging business to Fujifilm Holdings Corp in December last year.

Previously, Hitachi sold semiconductor equipment maker Hitachi Kokusai Electric and power tool unit Hitachi Koki, both to KKR. It also sold car navigation maker Clarion Co to France's Faurecia SA.

(Reporting by Junko Fujita in Tokyo and Kane Wu in Hong Kong; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore and Jason Neely)

By Junko Fujita and Kane Wu


ę Reuters 2020
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BANK OF AMERICA CORPORATION -4.37% 39.8 Delayed Quote.31.31%
FAURECIA SE -1.83% 43.92 Real-time Quote.4.80%
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SHOWA DENKO K.K. -1.66% 3560 End-of-day quote.62.04%
THE CARLYLE GROUP INC. -0.58% 44.8 Delayed Quote.42.49%
THE GOLDMAN SACHS GROUP, INC. -2.56% 361.5 Delayed Quote.37.08%
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Sales 2021 1 378 B 12 505 M 12 505 M
Net income 2021 17 006 M 154 M 154 M
Net Debt 2021 736 B 6 678 M 6 678 M
P/E ratio 2021 30,5x
Yield 2021 1,83%
Capitalization 519 B 4 708 M 4 711 M
EV / Sales 2021 0,91x
EV / Sales 2022 0,85x
Nbr of Employees 33 684
Free-Float 94,2%
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