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Toshiba share price lunges to lowest in decades

Writedowns associated with Toshiba’s nuclear business have seen the stock plunge to a four-decade low.

The FT reports that the Japanese conglomerate is in talks with the Bank of Japan, with a view to being assisted with state-baToshiba Westinghousecked capital after stock plummeted to as much as 26 per cent.

A disastrous nuclear deal in the US is at the centre of the company’s woes. Toshiba had to make writedowns of “several billion dollars” related to US unit Westinghouse’s $229m acquisition last year of Chicago Bridge & Iron’s nuclear construction subsidiary, Stone & Webster.

Because of the impact of the problem, the company says it is considering further writedowns of between $1bn and $4.5bn. But analysts have since estimated that the total writedown, to be announced by mid-February, could be between $5bn and $8bn.

Toshiba convened an emergency meeting of its bank lenders in early January after several banks expressed concerns over extending loans to the company.