UPDATE 4-Hitachi to invest in U.S. software developer GlobalLogic for $9.6 bln

* Hitachi shifting from hardware to electronic solutions * Shares fell 7% on news *

* Hitachi shifting from hardware to electronic solutions

* Shares fell 7% on news

* Conglomerate is shedding non-core property (Adds deal is most significant Japanese acquisition of U.S. hello-tech business at any time)

By Makiko Yamazaki and Sam Nussey

TOKYO, March 31 (Reuters) – Hitachi Ltd reported on Wednesday it will acquire U.S. application firm GlobalLogic Inc for $9.6 billion, such as repayment of credit card debt, as the Japanese industrial conglomerate pivots from electronics components to electronic services.

The offer is the most significant Japanese outbound acquisition of a U.S. hi-tech organization on document, in accordance to Refinitiv knowledge.

The acquisition is element of Hitachi’s ongoing company portfolio overhaul, which consists of the $7 billion acquisition of ABB Ltd’s electricity grid company past calendar year and a sequence of divestitures of its domestic hardware subsidiaries.

Hitachi’s stock tumbled 7% on the Tokyo Inventory Exchange, its sharpest day by day fall in extra than a calendar year, on the news.

San Jose-dependent GlobalLogic is at this time owned 45% each individual by Canada Pension Approach Expense Board and Swiss financial investment business Associates Group. The rest is owned by the firm’s management.

Established in 2000, GlobalLogic has much more than 20,000 staff members in 14 nations around the world and offers software program engineering products and services to 400 lively shoppers in industries together with automotive, health care, and finance.

GlobalLogic’s know-how stretches from chips to cloud providers and will lengthen the selection of Hitachi’s have electronic solutions company, corporation executives instructed a news convention.

Previous GlobalLogic projects include things like doing work with McDonald’s on its shopper app and in-store electronic purchasing system and with chipmaker Qualcomm on a fingerprint recognition system, in accordance to its website.

Hitachi aims to close the transaction, which will be funded with money and bank loans, by the finish of July.

The conglomerate is in talks with non-public equity firms to sell Hitachi Metals Ltd, a offer that could fetch more than $6.4 billion, next the sale of its chemical device and diagnostic imaging business enterprise. (Reporting by Makiko Yamazaki Modifying by Kim Coghill)