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Buyout bid for FamilyMart

Current investor Itochu has submitted a bid to purchase 100 per cent of the Japanese retail chain

Buyout bid for FamilyMart

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FamilyMart has received an offer for a complete buyout from its largest shareholder Itochu, worth upwards of US$5bn.
 
Trading company Itochu already owns 50.1 per cent of the Japanese retail chain and plans to take complete control. 
 
According to a report from Japan Today, Itochu is offering ¥2,300 per share for the shares it doesn’t already own, meaning it is set to spend around ¥580bn (US$5.4bn).
 
After acquiring all shares in FamilyMart, Itochu signalled its intention to sell a 4.9 per cent stake to Japan Agricultural Cooperatives and Norinchukin Bank for around ¥57bn (US$531m)
 
The agriculture cooperatives currently supply more than 16,000 FamilyMart stores across Japan.
 
According to a Bloomberg report, FamilyMart directors said they support the offer, but shareholders should make their own decision. 
 
Takashi Sawada, president of FamilyMart, said on a quarterly earnings call that by combining resources, FamilyMart could move more quickly to address challenges such as digitisation and overseas expansion. 
 
FamilyMart currently has more than 24,000 stores worldwide with a presence in countries such as China, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam.
 
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