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Johnson Controls to acquire 60% stake in Hitachi Appliances

US-based Johnson Controls and Japan’s Hitachi Appliances have formalised their agreement to form a joint venture that will acquire Hitachi Appliances’ global air-conditioning business. The deal was announced in December 2013 and was to have started operations in 2014, but its closure has stretched all the way till 2015. This transaction has a local effect, as it will change the ownership of India’s Hitachi Home & Life Solutions (India), a 74.25% subsidiary of Hitachi Group. Its share rose by 20% on Thursday, as investors are jumping in, to make a quick buck in open offer. If the transaction does necessitate an open offer, there are exemptions available depending on the structure of the transaction, the offer price will determine if shareholders get a windfall. Continue Reading →

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