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Toshiba chips business sale on hold

July 21, 2017

Toshiba Corporation has filed an update on the court hearing on 14 July at the Superior Court of California.

Toshiba Corporation has filed an update to the Tokyo Stock Exchange and Nagoya Stock Exchange on the court hearing on 14 July at the Superior Court of California for the County of San Francisco, on the motion for preliminary injunctive relief made by SanDisk LLC a subsidiary of Western Digital Corporation.

At the 14 July hearing, the Judge proposed a solution and did not order a preliminary injunctive. Instead, the Judge proposed Toshiba give two weeks’ notice to SanDisk before Toshiba closes the sale of its memory business for the period until the arbitration panel can be formed. Arbitration was initiated by SanDisk in May 2017. Pursuant to the ICC (International Chamber of Commerce) Rules that govern the arbitration, the tribunal should be formed within the next few months.

As both sides agreed to the approach if it can be properly worded, the Judge requested the parties to negotiate language that would implement the Judge’s proposal and present that to the Court by 28 July.

Toshiba agreed not to close the Deal before the 28 July hearing. Given that regulatory approval for the deal will likely take several months after signing, Toshiba’s current target is to close the deal by the end of March 2018. As a result, there is no chance of closing the deal within the next two weeks.

In the meantime, Toshiba can and will continue to negotiate and sign an agreement with bidders for the deal.

The next hearing currently scheduled for 28 July.


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