There is a saying, when the storm comes it takes all the big trees along with it. In the global meltdown many corporates had collapsed but in the story of the fall of the global electronic giant Toshiba is completely different. It survived the meltdown and finally collapsed without any notice. According to the sources, the electronic giant Toshiba becomes bankrupt and the chairman of the company has resigned claiming the write-off of 6.3 billion US dollars. This may be one of the biggest corporate crash of this decade. Toshiba, which makes everything from televisions to nuclear reactors, has had a rocky few years, said the sources.

According to the sources, the shares of the Toshiba has been showing the downward trends since the mid of January 2017, Toshiba shares crashed 25% in early trading in Tokyo on 19th January, temporarily plunging straight through the Tokyo Stock Exchange’s daily downward limit of 20%, before being nurtured back above it. This episode forms part of Toshiba’s ongoing serial collapses and dead-cat bounces that would be comic if the facts behind them weren’t so ugly.

America’s biggest news portal the Wall Street Journal on the 14th February 2017 published the news with the title “Toshiba’s Meltdown: Chairman Out, $6.3 Billion Write-Down”. Meanwhile, according to the sources, The chaos at Toshiba, the Japanese corporate giant, deepened Tuesday, with its chairman resigning and the company saying it would book a $6.3 billion loss related to its U.S. nuclear business. The corporate analysts are now speculating about the possibility that Toshiba, which employs almost 200,000 people in Japan alone and has significant investments in the United States, will have to file for bankruptcy. “This is one of Japan’s historic corporations and it’s very important to the Japanese economy, so this could be very significant for Japan,” said Tom O’Sullivan, a Tokyo-based energy analyst. “It would even impact Japan’s sovereign credit rating if there’s a knock-on effect.”        

TOSHIBA CHAIRMAN Shigenori Shiga (SOURCE)

The news came a day after government statistics showed that the Japanese economy grew by an anemic 0.2 percent in the three months to December, the third consecutive quarter that growth in the world’s third-largest economy had slowed. Toshiba executives were due to deliver the company’s quarterly earnings announcement Tuesday – the deadline for the Tokyo Stock Exchange rule to report earnings within 45 days – but they failed to show up. Instead, the company said that it was “not ready” to make the announcement and asked for another month to file.     

Then, after the stock market had closed on the 14th February, Toshiba said that it would take a $6.3 billion hit related to Westinghouse’s acquisition in December of Stone & Webster, a nuclear construction business, from Chicago Bridge & Iron in December. Shigenori Shiga, its chairman, would step down Wednesday to take responsibility for the losses, the company said. According to the sources, everything started when the Toshiba bought a majority stake in Pennsylvania-based nuclear power company Westinghouse in 2006, earlier said that it had received internal information late last month about irregularities during the acquisition. It had learned that controls at Westinghouse had been “insufficient” and that the company had used “inappropriate pressure” to make the acquisition. “We concluded on Monday afternoon that we need further research on the internal reporting . . . and its impact on financial results,” the company said in a statement, adding that its lawyers and an independent auditing firm were still poring over the details.  

TOSHIBA CEO Satoshi Tsunakawa (SOURCE)

Japanese media reported that the delay was due to a disagreement between Toshiba’s management and its auditors. O’Sullivan, the analyst, said he thought there had probably been a dispute about whether to issue “going concern” notice, often a precursor to liquidation or bankruptcy. “My guess is that the auditors wouldn’t sign off on the accounts with a going concern order,” he said. The Nikkei business newspaper, which has a record of eerily precise leaks from Japanese companies, had earlier reported that Toshiba would say it faced “material uncertainty” about its prospects for remaining in business.   

TOSHIBA NUCLEAR REACTORS IN US

According to the sources, Toshiba, which makes everything from televisions to nuclear reactors, has had a rocky few years. In 2015, it was discovered to have exaggerated its profits, leading to wide-ranging restructuring and asset sales. This has compounded huge problems with its international business. The company has been trying to deal with huge cost overruns at it’s at nuclear plants in Georgia and South Carolina. Although it says it will finish building those reactors, its has curtailed expansion plans in the U.K. and elsewhere. The company’s market capitalization has already plummeted by $7 billion to sit at the end of Tuesday at about $8 billion, and it is reportedly considering selling some of its profitable businesses, including its memory chip arm, to help stem the losses.

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