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Japan's H.I.S. looks to raise Unizo stake to 45% for $390 million

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese travel services provider H.I.S. Co 9603.T said on Wednesday it would spend 42.655 billion yen ($391.76 million) to launch a tender offer for about 40% of shares in hotel operator Unizo Holdings Co 3258.T.

H.I.S., already Unizo’s top shareholder with a 4.79% stake, said it would offer 3,100 yen for each Unizo share, representing a 56% premium over Tuesday’s closing price of 1,990 yen.

Shares in Unizo rose by the daily allowable limit of 400 yen ($3.67), or up 20%, after the Nikkei business daily reported the possible deal earlier. H.I.S. shares fell as much as 6.3% before ending down 4.6%.

Reporting by Chang-Ran Kim; Editing by Himani Sarkar

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