Activist investor questions Toshiba memory deal

April 09, 2018 // By Peter Clarke
Argyle Street Management, a Hong Kong based activist fund with a stake in Toshiba, has said the sale price agreed with a Bain-led consortium undervalues the chip unit and it wants the deal renegotiated or cancelled, according to reports.

Losses in its nuclear power business forced Toshiba Corp. to try and sell its memory chip business through most of 2017. In September Toshiba finally signed a $18 billion deal with a consortium of acquirers (see Toshiba sells flash memory business to consortium, Apple gets its share ). The consortium is led by Bain Capital and includes Apple, Dell, Korea's SK Hynix and Japan’s Hoya Corporation.

The deal missed a March 31 deadline awaiting Chinese antitrust authority approval.

And under its terms Toshiba is free to renegotiate or cancel the deal if regulatory approval was not granted by March 31.

Now Argyle claims Toshiba Memory, the world's second largest producer of NAND flash chips, could be worth $40 billion, twice as much as the agreed sale price.

Argyle is thought to hold a less than 1 percent stake in Toshiba and it remains to be seen how much traction its campaign will get. For now Toshiba appears to content to keep the current deal on the table awaiting approval.

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