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Xerox says it is ending Fujifilm deal, settles with Icahn, Deason

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By Scott

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Corp said on Sunday it was ending a planned $6.1 billion deal with and had reached a settlement with activist investors and

The company said had resigned and that was expected to be the new also replaced five directors as part of a board reshuffle. The company said earlier this month that the and board changes were planned.

"We are extremely pleased that finally terminated the ill-advised scheme to cede control of the company to Fujifilm," Icahn said in a statement. "We have often said that the most important person at a company (by far) is the We are therefore also pleased that John Visentin, a tried and true veteran in this area, will be taking the helm."

Xerox said the settlement with Icahn and Deason resolved a proxy contest set to play out at Xerox's 2018 annual meeting, originally scheduled for June 13.

The company said earlier this month it was seeking better terms for a proposed merger with Fujifilm. The deal had prompted the proxy fight from Icahn and Deason, who own 15 percent of Xerox and said the Fujifilm deal undervalued Xerox.

Fujifilm officials were not immediately available for comment.

Xerox now appeared likely to go up for sale in an auction. Xerox said in a statement its new board would meet immediately and "begin a process to evaluate all strategic alternatives to maximize shareholder value."

Xerox said it was ending the deal with partly because Fujifilm had failed to provide audited financial information for by an April 15 deadline. Xerox also said there were "material deviations" between audited financial statements and unaudited statements provided previously.

As part of the settlement, Xerox and Icahn agreed to withdraw their board candidates from the upcoming shareholder meeting, and said the meeting would be postponed.

Xerox said the departing directors were William Curt Hunter, Robert J. Keegan, Charles Prince, and The new board members are Jonathan Christodoro, Keith Cozza, Nicholas Graziano, and

(Reporting by Scott; Additional reporting by in New York, Ritsuko Ando in Tokyo and Imail Shakil in Bangalore; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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First Published: Mon, May 14 2018. 10:29 IST