TOKYO Toshiba Corp wants to raise as least 1 trillion yen ($8.83 billion) from the sale of a majority stake in its NAND flash memory business to plug a hole in its finances from a $6.3 billion writedown of its U.S. nuclear unit, a source said.
The Japanese industrial conglomerate wants to ensure it can cope with any future potential financial problems as it has been unable to issue new shares since the Tokyo Stock Exchange put it on a watchlist following its earlier $1.3 billion accounting scandal, the source with direct knowledge of the planned sale said.
The sale should be completed by the end of March next year, added the source, who asked not to be identified because he was not authorized to talk to the media.
The Japanese industrial conglomerate, which initially said it planned to sell less than 20 percent of the chips unit, last week said it could sell a majority, even all, of the prized business.
(Reporting by Makiko Yamazaki and Taro Fuse; writing by Tim Kelly; Editing by Stephen Coates)