TOKYO, March 9 (Reuters) - Japan’s Canon Inc is set to buy Toshiba Corp’s medical equipment unit for 700 billion yen ($6.2 billion), beating rival Fujifilm Holdings Corp in a hotly contested auction, the Nikkei business daily reported on Wednesday.
The conglomerate put Toshiba Medical Systems Corp on the block to help fund restructuring after a $1.3 billion accounting scandal, attracting a bevy of suitors, particularly Japanese imaging companies whose products range from cameras and copiers to diagnostic devices.
Toshiba Medical, the world’s second-largest manufacturer of CT scan machines, also makes X-ray and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems. It had revenue of 405.6 billion yen in the past financial year.
The second-round of bidding also included Konica Minolta Inc which had teamed up with European buyout firm Permira, a source familiar with the matter said earlier.
Toshiba said it would be making an announcement shortly. ($1 = 112.5700 yen) (Reporting by Junko Fujita and William Mallard; Editing by Edwina Gibbs)