Canon and Océ announced today plans to combine both companies' printing operations in Japan. The move follows the completion on 9 March 2010 of the public offer by Canon Inc. for Océ outstanding common shares, which was launched with the aim of creating the overall No. 1 presence in the printing industry.
By combining their Japanese businesses, Canon and Océ will be better placed to generate sales, particularly in the wide format and production printing segments. The combined sales organisations will make both companies' products and services available to a broader customer base, serving to reinforce the Canon-Océ market position in Japan. Moreover, employees will have greater opportunities as a result of the strengthened combined business.
Since this combination comprises a related party transaction, it is being executed at arm's length. The transaction is fully in line with Canon's stated intention to adhere to prevailing Dutch corporate governance standards. The transaction has been approved by the Océ Board of Executive Directors and the independent members of the Océ Supervisory Board. This decision took the interests of all stakeholders into account.
In this context, ING Corporate Finance has rendered a fairness opinion confirming that, from a financial perspective, the price is fair to Océ and its shareholders.
* Euro amount is provided solely for the convenience of readers and is translated from yen at the rate of JPY 115 = EUR 1, the exchange rate of 22 June 2011.