Shinsei Bank poison pill defence wins backing of another proxy adviser By Reuters

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The Shinsei Bank logo is pictured at the lobby of the bank in Tokyo October 22, 2010. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

TOKYO (Reuters) -U.S. proxy advisory firm ISS has joined Glass Lewis & Co in recommending shareholders of Japan’s Shinsei Bank Ltd vote for the lender’s plan for a poison pill defence against an unsolicited $1.1 billion bid from SBI Holdings Inc.

In a statement dated Nov. 7, ISS said the takeover defence was warranted partly because Shinsei Bank “appears to try to leverage the pill as a tool of negotiation with SBI Holdings to extract better terms by attaching two reasonable conditions, from which shareholders should benefit.”

Recommendations from ISS and Glass Lewis typically impact how foreign investors vote. Such investors account for nearly 30% of Shinsei’s registered shareholders.

Mid-sized bank Shinsei opposed SBI’s approach last month, saying that the offer could hurt interests of minority shareholders and that the offer price was too low. SBI, which owns an online brokerage and a bank, holds around 20% of Shinsei and wants to raise that to up to 48%.

SBI, which has said it can overhaul the mid-sized lender, has promised to make every effort to repay the 350 billion yen ($3.09 billion) in public money Shinsei received during a banking crisis two decades ago.

On Friday, Glass Lewis said SBI had offered investors “no meaningful plan to address this issue”.

Shinsei’s shares were down almost 3% in Monday morning trading, compared with a 0.2% decline in the benchmark index.

($1 = 113.3500 yen)

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