Sony may spin off parts of company

Published May 23, 2013 at 05:00AM

Sony said Wednesday that its board was considering a proposal from the hedge fund Third Point to spin off part of its entertainment business, but it emphasized that the discussions were preliminary and that it had not set a time to respond.

Sony, under pressure from Third Point, one of its top investors, to unlock more value from its lucrative entertainment divisions, also said it was on track to return its electronics business to profitability this year.

“We will engage in thorough discussions at the board level to decide on Sony’s response,” Kazuo Hirai, the chief executive, said in response to questions at a corporate strategy presentation.