After a $1.2 billion accounting scandal that led to the departure of its CEO, Toshiba is in the midst of a corporate restructure. In the same week that it completed the sale of its image sensor business to Sony for $155 million, Nikkei reports that Toshiba is hoping to spin off its PC business, and is in talks with other PC manufacturers about a potential merger.
Nikkei says that Toshiba is currently speaking to Vaio, which was sold by Sony in 2014, and Fujitsu — which said in October that it would spin off its own PC business in 2016 — about a potential deal. According to people familiar with the talks, Vaio would be the only remaining company if the deal takes place, with Toshiba and Fujitsu transferring staff, investments, and operations under the Vaio name. The resultant company would control some 30 percent of the Japanese PC market, making it the biggest player on the scene ahead of NEC Lenovo.
Toshiba, Vaio, and Fujitsu would get 30 percent of the Japanese PC market
Speaking to The Wall Street Journal, a Vaio spokesperson denied that the company was in talks with Toshiba, calling Nikkei's report "complete speculation." Fujitsu, too, said that it was still considering various options and hadn't made any decisions. The publication says that Toshiba is in contact with manufacturers from home and abroad, but some analysts believe it may not find a buyer, instead licensing its brand to the highest bidder.
Hisao Tanaka, the Japanese company's president and CEO, stepped down from his position after Toshiba's $1.3 billion accounting scandal was uncovered in July of this year. While investigators did not find evidence that Tanaka had ordered staff to inflate sales figures, they criticized company culture, stating that Toshiba's workers "could not go against the wishes of superiors."