Toshiba sees S$1.3b loss on tax impact of chip sale

Toshiba Corp forecast an annual net loss of 110 billion yen (S$1.32 billion) on the tax impact of selling its memory chip division to a group led by Bain Capital.
Toshiba Corp forecast an annual net loss of 110 billion yen (S$1.32 billion) on the tax impact of selling its memory chip division to a group led by Bain Capital. PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (BLOOMBERG) - Toshiba Corp forecast an annual net loss of 110 billion yen (S$1.32 billion) on the tax impact of selling its memory chip division to a group led by Bain Capital.

The Japanese company revised its forecast from an earlier estimate of 230 billion in net income, according to a statement.

The company left its operating profit and sales forecasts for the year ending March unchanged. Toshiba said the sale will be recognized for tax purposes as a non-qualified split, after it separated its memory business to secure the injection of capital from the Bain consortium.

Toshiba's shareholders are expected to approve the 2 trillion yen sale of the memory chip business at a general meeting on Tuesday, helping the company avert a capital deficit that could lead to its delisting. The Bain consortium includes major technology players Apple, Dell, SK Hynix and Japan's Hoya Corp, while Toshiba itself will maintain a stake. The proceeds would result in a 1.08 trillion yen improvement in its shareholders' equity, the company said on Monday (Oct 23).

Toshiba is clawing its way back after an accounting scandal in 2015 that was followed by a multibillion-dollar loss in its nuclear operations in the US. The Tokyo Stock Exchange earlier this month removed Toshiba from its watchlist for delisting citing better internal controls and efforts to improve corporate governance.

Toshiba's shares closed 1.2 per cent lower at 331 yen on Monday, after falling as much as 3.6 per cent. The company is scheduled to report second-quarter earnings on Nov 9.