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October 22, 2011
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Olympus $687 advisory fee sets new record (Reuters).

Now, here is a news that will make cry the current Olympus shareholders (and me too). According to Reuters: “The payment is the largest M&A fee ever made…surpassing the previous record of $217 million involved in the 70 billion-euro takeover in 2007 of ABN AMRO by RFS Holdings, a vehicle set up by Royal Bank of Scotland and others.” and “The payment is equal to about a third of the acquisition price, jaw-dropping by normal standards where advisers usually take home about 1 percent or less of the transaction value for their M&A advisory services.

Big Olympus shareholders made a lot of pressure on Olympus and as consequence ”Olympus is setting up an ‘independent committee’, made up of lawyers and accountants, to investigate controversial acquisitions following claims made by its ousted CEO“. (Source: AP).

The story never ends. First Olympus “declined to identify the advisers and said it no longer knew of their whereabouts.“. But Reuters found the answer after one day only: “A former Wall Street banker of Japanese descent (veteran banker, Hajime ‘Jim’ Sagawa) has emerged as a key figure in the scandal engulfing Japanese blue-chip firm Olympus Corp, according to documents provided by the firm’s ex-CEO.”

And than we have another news: “Ousted Olympus Corp chief executive Michael Woodford is consulting police over whether he needs protection after passing “new information” to British fraud investigators about the Japanese company’s irregular payments to advisory firms.” (Source: Reuters).

I think what we are experiencing here will lead to a revolution inside Olympus. The market doesn’t trust the board anymore and that situation cannot last. On the positive side, this may be the BIG chance for Olympus to make a new start with new managers and new ideas. I think within the next couple of months we will see huge changes!

 

October 21, 2011
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A nice and fake GX1 camera :)

Our friends from Blog.livedoor managed to make a nice (of course fake) design of the GX1. Actually, I would love to see a camera like that for real! It is as sexy as the Panasonic LC1 (but without viewfinder).

I am working to get some more specs and if we are lucky also some pictures of the REAL camera. As usual feel free to help me with the search by scanning the web for leaks. Drop me a message at 43rumors@gmail.com if you find something! Thanks!

October 21, 2011
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Olympus Woodford vs Managment saga continues…

Olympus Tokyo released a statement that can be read here: http://www.olympus-global.com/en/corc/ir/tes/pdf/nr111019.pdf . In short, Olympus says that while the facts MR. woodford are presenting are true “his report contains a large amount of material that is based on supposition and speculation and the company believes its content is at variance with the facts and open to misinterpretation’“. And: “Olympus confirmed that Woodford ‘remains a director of the company at this point in time”.

And here is the very serious part of the story: According to Amateur Photographer: “It could be several weeks before the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) decides whether or not to launch an official investigation into claims made by former Olympus CEO Michael Woodford.

And the very very very serious part is that Olympus shares value is still falling down and down and down: http://www.bloomberg.com/quote/7733:JP

October 19, 2011
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Nikon and Sony production down for 1-2 months!

First I want to say that I wish all our Thai readers and friends all the best to recover from the huge flood that hit their country. What’s coming next is just a technical informative report about the consequences of the flood on Nikon and Sony’s industry. As you see from the image on top (Source: Nationalmultimedia) the Nikon and Sony factories have been submerged by water. I talked with my sources about the current situation in the area and they told me there will be a production stop of at least one-two months! Nikon will probably delay the D800 announcement and Sony will delay the Sony NEX-7 shipment. Also Amazon.com (Click here) is not taking any NEX-7 preorders anymore with the following reason: “Due to manufacturing concerns”. And the surprising thing is that they invite buyers to buy m43 cameras because “These sleek new cameras with lens versatility are available today” (again, click here to read).

What does it mean for m43? The NEX-7 gained a lot of attention from the press and photographers. If the NEX-7 will be delayed until January or even February than this could be a big chance for the upcoming Panasonic GX1 camera. It’s not “Schadensfreude” (malicious joy). It’s a matter of fact that if the GX1 will be similar to the NEX-7 than some of buyers may will get that camera instead of the Sony. Anyway, it’s up to Panasonic now to not disappoint us!

October 18, 2011
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Interview with Woodford (and Olympus shares keep losing value).

You can see three (very similar) Woodford interviews made at Financial Times (recommended!), Bloomberg (on youtube) and Channel4 (on their website). Mr Woodford said that he sent a report to the Serious Fraud Office in the UK. That’s going to be a tuff and long battle. Meanwhile the shares are losing another 8% today (Source: Bloomberg).

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