February 12, 2020 / 9:11 AM / 12 days ago

Toshiba Machine opposes takeover bid by activist investor Murakami

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s Toshiba Machine (6104.T) said on Wednesday it would officially oppose a takeover offer by activist investor Yoshiaki Murakami and hold a shareholders meeting on March 27 to seek approval for the adoption of defense measures.

The former Toshiba Corp (6502.T) unit said the decision is based on a conclusion drawn up by an independent committee that discussed Murakami’s proposal.

A takeover by Murakami is likely to hurt corporate and shareholder value, the molding machine company said. Murakami last month launched a bid of up to $235 million for control of the company.

Reporting by Makiko Yamazaki and Rocky Swift, editing by Louise Heavens

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