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Toshiba sells medical devices unit to Canon for $5.9 bn

Japan’s Toshiba has sold its medical devices unit to camera and office equipment maker Canon for $6 billion, it said on Thursday, as it sheds businesses to recover from a major accounting scandal. The deal came as Toshiba’s share price plunged nearly eight percent after a report it was under investigation by US authorities over allegations it hid losses in its nuclear business.

News of the Canon deal comes as Toshiba expects a whopping loss of about 6.0 billion for the year to March due to sagging global demand and a profit-padding scandal, in which high-handed bosses for years systematically pushed their subordinates to cover-up weak financial figures. In the wake of the scandal, Toshiba -- a vast conglomerate that makes everything from rice cookers to nuclear plants -- has ushered in thousands of job cuts and plans to sell various business units in a bid to revive its fortunes.

Under the deal Toshiba sold all its shares in Toshiba Medical Systems, a major producer of medical imaging tools such as MRI and CT scans, to Canon for 665.5 billion yen ( 5.9 billion). Separately, Toshiba said it had reached a basic accord to sell a majority interest in its home appliance business to China’s Midea, though a Toshiba spokeswoman said a price for the deal had yet to be announced.

She said the two sides were scheduled to reach a final accord by the end of March. Sales in Toshiba’s home appliance business came to 225.4 billion yen for the fiscal year to March 2015, the most recent annual figure available.
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