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Japan: Toshiba Corp, Wakita & Co Ltd and more

In today’s briefing:

  • Toshiba – CVC Capital Partners Bid Highlights Value
  • Japan Activism: A Look into Wakita (8125 JP) Potential Pre-Event

Toshiba – CVC Capital Partners Bid Highlights Value

By Mio Kato

Nikkei Asia reported today that CVC Capital Partners would propose a privatisation of Toshiba valuing the company at $20.8bn. CVC will discuss the terms of the deal with management and will also need to win approval from the Finance Ministry. The question is whether shareholders would accept such a bid as it looks perhaps a little light.


Japan Activism: A Look into Wakita (8125 JP) Potential Pre-Event

By Travis Lundy

Wakita & Co Ltd (8125 JP) has been a deep value stock for years. It has had deep value investors owning stakes before.

However, the company has pretty low ROE based on truly awful capital allocation policy. A very large portion of the long-term assets in the firm are effectively managed by people with little to no experience in the space, in a sub-optimal capital structure. The company has large amounts of net cash, and securities, and more securities and crossholdings. And the entire company is effectively a leasing business with some add-ons, and it finances itself with almost zero debt. 

While it is dangerous to call a paradigm change on companies where there is a significant corporate cross-holding and significant family holding and control, there are times when the confluence of events make stocks like Wakita worth a deeper look.

This may be such a time.


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