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« on: May 16, 2014, 09:45:25 PM »

Roland is being purchased by its own management! Just saw a post on Another forum, this is the official information from Roland:
http://www.roland.com/ir/pdf/2014/20140514.pdf
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« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2014, 10:05:02 PM »

And here is another link seen at SZ:
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/taiyo-pacific-partners-supports-management-120200931.html
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« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2014, 02:33:23 PM »

There's a new business report on roland.com today. I am quite optimistic now that the arranger segment will be maintained. Actually, the management buy-out should mean that the strategies they have tried to pursue will be strengthened in the future, as the management is more independent from shareholders who might just want short-term profits.
The report says sales for arrangers have been quite solid in Asia, so that's a good sign not to completely abandon the segment...
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« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2014, 09:52:09 PM »

Hopefully, good news for the return of a higher quality build standard for Roland synths and arrangers. Case quality for the BK-9 seems OK, and the huge drop in weight has been appreciated by many, but I'm not sure some kind of compromise would not have been better.

The loss of the touch screen (you only have to look to Korg's Krone series to see how a HUGE touch screen is no impediment to either weight or cost savings) and the higher quality keybed from the G/E series (no mid-priced arranger should be without aftertouch) have been considerable steps backwards in the name of cheap production, and many of us feel Roland went too far, and dropped rather a lot of desperately needed panel buttons and multi-color switches, all of which are NEEDED for easy arranger operation.

It's very early days, and the buyout is by no means a fait accompli yet, nor the end results of it, but even bad news is better than no news, and this is not bad news...

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« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2014, 02:37:33 PM »

News about the buyout:
http://www.roland.com/ir/pdf/2014/20140624_2.pdf
Obviously, the tender period had to be extended into July. I'm not sure, does this mean the MBO is still at stake as not enough shareholders have been willing to sell their shares yet in order to make the buyout possible?
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