Xerox shareholders Icahn, Deason urge company to sell itself to rivals

Feb 20 (Reuters) - Xerox Corp shareholders Carl Icahn and Darwin Deason said on Tuesday the U.S. company should seek to sell itself to one of its rivals or a private equity firm.

Xerox could combine with a competitor that is actually willing to pay a significant premium, or Japan's Fujifilm Holdings themselves would step up and offer a full buy-out on fair terms, the shareholders wrote in an open letter. (http://bit.ly/2Hvx51N)

On Jan. 31, Fujifilm said it was set to take over Xerox in a $6.1 billion deal and combine it into their existing joint venture, Fuji Xerox.

Xerox was not immediately available for comment. (Reporting by Supantha Mukherjee in Bengaluru; Editing by Bernard Orr)