Xerox opts out of joint venture with Fujifilm

Xerox has now entered into agreements with Fujifilm and certain of its subsidiaries that will simplify and set a new course for the companies’ strategic sourcing relationship going forward. The terms of the agreements include:

  • Sale of Xerox’s 25% stake in Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd. (FX) to a subsidiary of Fujifilm.
  • Modified sourcing terms for future product programs that’ll ensure Xerox’s product supply continuity.
  • Sale to an affiliate of FX of Xerox’s 51% stake in Xerox International Partners (XIP), an OEM joint venture between Xerox and FX, which, together with the grant of a new IP license, will allow FX to manufacture certain original products (such as printer engines) to named parties that are existing customers of XIP on a worldwide basis in exchange for a fixed royalty.
  • Dismissal of the $1 billion lawsuit Fujifilm filed against Xerox after last year’s terminated merger.
John Visentin.

“These agreements reset our relationship with Fujifilm and provide both companies with tremendous opportunities to grow, together and independently,” said John Visentin, Vice Chairman and CEO of Xerox. “These agreements also unlock significant unrealized value for our shareholders, provide greater clarity for our customers, and help us speed our transformation to a digital-first company.” Total after-tax proceeds to Xerox from the transactions will include accrued but unpaid dividends through the date of the closings, and are expected to be approximately $2.3 billion. Xerox expects to use the proceeds opportunistically to pursue mergers and acquisitions in core and adjacent industries, return capital to shareholders, and pay down its $550 million December 2019 debt maturity.

These agreements were unanimously approved by the Board of Directors of Xerox and don’t require a shareholder vote. Closings of the sale transactions are subject to receipt of regulatory approval in Japan and other customary closing conditions and are expected to occur later this month, but there can be no assurance regarding timing of completion of the regulatory review process, which could delay timing of the closings, the firms added.

Xerox expects to provide updated 2019 guidance by mid-December of this year that incorporates the impact of the transactions (assuming closing of the transactions occurs as expected). Additional information concerning the transactions will be included in a Current Report on Form 8-K that Xerox intends to file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Investors and security holders may obtain a free copy of the current report (when available) and other documents filed with the SEC at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov and at Xerox’s website at www.xerox.com.

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.