© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The logo of Toshiba Corp at the company’s headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, February 14, 2017. REUTERS/Toru Hanai/File Photo

By Makiko Yamazaki, Kane Wu and Scott Murdoch

TOKYO/HONG KONG (Reuters) -Bidders for Toshiba (OTC:) Corp are considering offering up to 7,000 yen ($51.41) per share to take the troubled Japanese conglomerate private, three people familiar with the situation told Reuters, valuing the deal at about $22 billion.

Toshiba, which is exploring strategic options, said this month it had received eight initial buyout proposals and two proposals for capital alliances that would see it remain listed.

The bidders are now discussing an offer price range of up to 7,000 yen a share with Toshiba’s shareholders, the people said, representing up to a 27% premium to Toshiba’s share price as of Wednesday’s close.

A separate source said the range of offers had been wide spread and various conditions have been attached.

The offer price, if finalised, would value Toshiba at 3 trillion yen ($22.02 billion) at top end of the range.

Toshiba said in a statement to Reuters that it would not disclose details of the proposals.

KKR & Co (NYSE:) Inc, Baring Private Equity Asia, Blackstone (NYSE:) Inc, Bain Capital, Brookfield Asset Management, MBK Partners, Apollo Global Management (NYSE:) and CVC Capital Partners have submitted initial bids, according to the people.

Some of them may form consortia for a bid, they added.

Bain, Brookfield, Baring, CVC, and MBK declined to comment. The other funds did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Domestic funds, including Japan Investment Corp, and a number of strategic players are looking to see how they can participate in the deal, the people said, declining to be named as they were not authorised to speak to the media.

JIC declined to comment.

($1 = 136.1500 yen)

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