UPDATE 1-Panasonic says no decision on Sanyo takeover

lunes 3 de noviembre de 2008 05:08 CET

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TOKYO Nov 3 (Reuters) - Panasonic Corp (6752.T: Cotización) said nothing has been decided about a potential takeover of rival Sanyo Electric Co Ltd 6764.T, after sources said the companies had agreed in principle to a deal to create Japan's largest electronics maker.

Panasonic, the world's largest plasma TV maker, and Sanyo, the No.1 supplier of rechargeable batteries, will likely make an announcement on the agreement soon, three people familiar with the deal told Reuters on Sunday.

Panasonic said on Monday it had not made an announcement about a possible purchase of Sanyo and it had not decided anything in regards to a purchase.

The sources said Panasonic President Fumio Ohtsubo and Sanyo President Seiichiro Sano met last month and agreed in principle to Sanyo becoming a subsidiary, but that there has not been any agreement on other details such as price.

The sources were speaking on condition of anonymity as the deal is not yet public.

The latest Panasonic comment is in line with what Panasonic spokesman Akira Kadota said on Saturday on the matter.

Reuters and other media had reported Saturday that Panasonic was in talks with Sanyo's top three shareholders -- Goldman Sachs (GS.N: Cotización), Daiwa Securities SMBC and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Co -- to buy their shares and take control of Sanyo. [ID:nT270403]

Panasonic, which sits on cash and cash equivalent of about $10 billion, and Sanyo would together have revenues of 11.22 trillion yen, according to their forecasts for the year ending March 2009, surpassing projected 10.9 trillion yen at Hitachi Ltd (6501.T: Cotización), Japan's top electronics firm in sales.   Continuación...