Auburn Hills, Michigan – BorgWarner announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Sevcon, Inc., a global player in electrification technologies. Sevcon complements BorgWarner’s power electronics capabilities utilized to provide electrified propulsion solutions.
“This acquisition supports our existing strategy to supply leading technology for all types of propulsion systems; combustion, hybrid and electric,” said James Verrier, President and CEO of BorgWarner. “We look forward to welcoming Sevcon’s talented employees to BorgWarner.”
The completion of the transaction is subject to certain terms and conditions, including the approval of Sevcon’s stockholders and receipt of required competition law approval. The expected enterprise value of the transaction at closing is approximately $200 million. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2017 subject to the satisfaction of closing conditions.
Sevcon is a global supplier of control and power solutions for zero-emission, electric and hybrid vehicles. Its products control on- and off-road vehicle speed and movement, integrate specialized functions, optimize energy consumption and help reduce air pollution. Sevcon’s Bassi Division produces battery chargers for electric vehicles; power management and uninterrupted power source systems for industrial, medical and telecom applications; and electronic instrumentation for battery laboratories. The company supplies customers from its operations in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Italy, China and the Asia Pacific region, as well as through an international dealer network. Learn more about Sevcon at www.sevcon.com.
SOUTHFIELD, Mich., April 28, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Lear Corporation (NYSE: LEA), a leading global supplier of automotive seating and electrical systems, today announced the completion of its acquisition of Grupo Antolin’s automotive seating business.
Grupo Antolin’s seating business has annual sales of approximately €300 million with operations in five countries in Europe and North Africa. Grupo Antolin’s seating business is comprised of just-in-time seat assembly, seat structures & mechanisms and seat covers, and is well positioned among the largest European automakers, including Daimler, Peugeot Citroen, Renault Nissan and Volkswagen.
The transaction is valued at €286 million on a cash and debt free basis and is forecasted to be accretive to 2017 earnings per share. Lear will update its 2017 financial outlook to include Grupo Antolin’s seating business on July 26th when the Company announces its Second Quarter 2017 financial results.
“The Grupo Antolin seating business is an excellent fit for Lear and is consistent with our strategy to invest in our core business, accelerate our growth and deliver superior value to shareholders,” said Matt Simoncini, Lear’s President and CEO. “This business has an excellent reputation for quality and customer satisfaction as well as a strong market position in Europe with leading customers,” added Simoncini.
Grupo Antolin’s seating business has an experienced management team, modern facilities and a reputation for lean manufacturing, superior quality and innovation, including high-functionality and light weight seat designs.
“We are very pleased to add Grupo Antolin’s strong capabilities to Lear’s global seating business. This acquisition will further strengthen and diversify Lear’s seating business, improve the overall value we are able to offer our customers and provide additional opportunities to grow our market share,” concluded Simoncini.
Grupo Antolin’s seating business is headquartered in France and it includes 12 manufacturing facilities, 2 technological centers and 2,273 full-time and contract employees.
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About Lear Corporation
Lear Corporation (NYSE: LEA) was founded in Detroit in 1917 as American Metal Products. In 2017, the Company will celebrate its 100thyear anniversary. Lear is one of the world’s leading suppliers of automotive seating systems and electrical distribution systems (E-Systems). Lear serves every major automaker in the world, and Lear content can be found on more than 400 vehicle nameplates. Lear’s world-class products are designed, engineered and manufactured by a diverse team of approximately 150,000 employees located in 37 countries. Lear currently ranks #154 on the Fortune 500. Lear’s headquarters are in Southfield, Michigan. Further information about Lear is available at http://www.lear.com or follow us on Twitter @LearCorporation.
About Grupo Antolin’s Seating Business
Grupo Antolin’s seating business is well positioned among major European automakers, including Peugeot Citroen, Daimler, Renault Nissan and Volkswagen. The Company has annual sales of approximately €300 million; 12 manufacturing facilities (7 in Spain, 2 in France, 1 in the Czech Republic, 1 in Portugal and 1 in Morocco); 2 technological centers (in France and Spain) and 2,273 full-time and contract employees in 6 countries. Grupo Antolin’s seating business headquarters is located in France.
Expansion of Siemens’ offerings with industry-specific software for the mobility sector – rigorous implementation of digitalization strategy
HaCon to be managed as separate legal entity and wholly-owned subsidiary of Siemens AG in the Mobility Division
Transaction still subject to approval by antitrust authorities, with closing planned for first half of calendar 2017
Siemens is planning to acquire HaCon, a company headquartered in Hanover, Germany. The two parties have agreed not to disclose financial details. Pending the approval of antitrust authorities, the deal is expected to be concluded in the first half of calendar year 2017.
HaCon is a leading international provider of planning, scheduling and information systems for public transportation, mobility and logistics. The company has been a successful player in the mobility business for 30 years. Trip planning software from HaCon is used in more than 25 countries and comprises the centerpiece of the travel information systems in operation at more than 100 transport companies and associations.
“The acquisition of HaCon will enable us to enter a completely new business area that complements our current portfolio, expanding it to include timetable scheduling as well as trip planning by passengers,” said Jochen Eickholt, CEO of Siemens’ Mobility Division. “With this move, we’re rigorously implementing our digitalization strategy and opening up new growth opportunities for our company along our customers’ value chain,” he added.
“Together with a strong partner like Siemens AG, we’ll be even better equipped to drive the mobility software business, particularly in the global market,” said Michael Frankenberg, CEO of HaCon.
Siemens is already a leading rail automation provider, offering systems up to and including complete driverless operation. A leader in road mobility solutions as well, Siemens plans to expand its intermodal digital offerings with the acquisition of HaCon. Together with HaCon, Siemens will be able to serve rail infrastructure operators and public transportation companies as a single-source supplier of innovative software solutions for train and route planning, timetable information systems, cutting-edge payment systems and intermodal mobility platforms. In addition, apps for use on passengers’ mobile devices will enhance trip planning, transparency and thus acceptance.
Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 165 years. The company is active in more than 200 countries, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of efficient power generation and power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for industry. The company is also a leading provider of medical imaging equipment – such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems – and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT. In fiscal 2016, which ended on September 30, 2016, Siemens generated revenue of €79.6 billion and net income of €5.6 billion. At the end of September 2016, the company had around 351,000 employees worldwide. Further information is available on the Internet at www.siemens.com.
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• With the acquisition of PVI, which specialises in the conversion of commercial vehicles to natural gas or electricity, Renault will be able to step up the implementation of new technologies, especially in the field of electric LCV conversions
• This acquisition is in line with the Group’s LCV growth strategy
Power Vehicle Innovation PVI
Renault Pro+ ; Renault Z.E. ; Twizy, Zoe, Kangoo Z.E & Master Z.E
Boulogne-Billancourt, February 6th, 2017 – Groupe Renault today announced the acquisition of French company PVI, short for Power Vehicle Innovation, with a view to accelerating the growth of its Light Commercial Vehicle business.
The assets of PVI, which boasts recognised expertise in the design and conversion of commercial vehicles running on natural gas or electricity, complement those of Renault. PVI’s expertise and small-scale, flexible production facility will benefit Renault, while Renault will provide economies of scale for the purchasing of components as well as a significant technology portfolio.
“We are very pleased to welcome PVI’s team specialising in electric conversions to Groupe Renault,” says Ashwani Gupta, SVP, LCV Division. “This acquisition is part of the Group’s strategy to develop its business by proposing a complete range of electric LCVs coupled with connected services. As the number one European manufacturer of electric LCVs, this is a unique opportunity for our teams to work on the next generation of this type of car. Together we will continue to innovate to ensure increasing proximity with our business customers while addressing their every need.”
PVI has previously worked with Groupe Renault on the development and electrification of the upcoming Renault Master Z.E. This large van, which was unveiled at the Brussels Motor Show on January 13, 2017 and which is due to be launched before the end of 2017, will extend the Group’s existing range of electric LCVs. The catalogue currently features four products and is unmatched anywhere in the world.
2017 BRUSSELS MOTOR SHOW: RENAULT CONTINUES MOMENTUM IN ELECTRIC VEHICLES WITH MASTER ZE AND NEW KANGOO ZE
Through its Renault Pro+ brand, Renault is unveiling an extended custom offering in its zero-emission range at the Brussels Motor Show, with world première appearances for Master ZE and New Kangoo ZE. With these new arrivals, Renault fields a unique line-up of four electric light commercial vehicles……read more
This acquisition also includes Escal, a subsidiary in which PVI has a 95 percent stake. Escal specialises in the distribution, installation and maintenance of security systems for lifting vehicles. Escal itself manages PVI’s service, maintenance and mechanical integration activities. Both PVI and Escal, with a combined workforce of 93 employees, are attached to the Groupe Renault’s LCV Division. About Groupe Renault
Groupe Renault has been making cars since 1898. Today it is an international multi-brand group, selling more than 2.8 million vehicles in 125 countries in 2015, with 36 manufacturing sites, 12,000 sales outlets and employing more than 120,000 people. To meet the major technological challenges of the future and continue its strategy of profitable growth, the Group is harnessing its international growth and the complementary fit of its three brands, Renault, Dacia and Renault Samsung Motors, together with electric vehicles and the unique Alliance with Nissan. With a new team in Formula 1 and a strong commitment to Formula E, Renault sees motorsport as a vector of innovation and brand awareness.
About Power Vehicle Innovation (PVI)
Power Vehicle Innovation or PVI is a French truck and bus manufacturer, based in Gretz-Armainvilliers near Paris, France, specialized in electric powertrains. PVI is a former subsidiary of Ponticelli Frères. Its current stockholders are the Marcel Dassault Industrial Group, the financial institution Centuria Capital and a business management holding company (Sovibus). PVI has been the first company in France to market Electric buses, like the Oréos 55E, which is used by the RATP on a touristic bus line in Paris, the Montmartrobus. More than half of the French electric buses in circulation in 2003 have been distributed by PVI.
Delivers substantial all-cash premium to Arctic Cat shareholders;
Textron committed to continued, long-term growth of Arctic Cat;
Combined businesses better positioned to be powersports industry leader
MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan. 25, 2017– Arctic Cat Inc. (NASDAQ: ACAT) today announced that it has signed a definitive merger agreement under which Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) will acquire Arctic Cat in a cash transaction valued at approximately $247 million, plus the assumption of existing debt. Under the terms of the agreement, which was unanimously approved by the Arctic Cat board of directors, Textron, through a wholly owned subsidiary, will commence a tender offer to purchase all outstanding shares of Arctic Cat at $18.50 per share in cash, representing a 40.7 percent premium to the closing price of Arctic Cat’s common stock on January 20, 2017. Arctic Cat anticipates that tender offer materials will be provided to shareholders no later than February 7, 2017. The completion of the acquisition is subject to customary conditions and regulatory approvals.
“Arctic Cat’s board believes that Textron’s offer delivers compelling and immediate value to our shareholders,” said Christopher Metz, Arctic Cat’s president and chief executive officer. “This transaction presents increased opportunities for the business to leverage our combined scale, accelerate growth and enhance product innovation in ways that will benefit our customers, dealers and employees.” Textron is a multi-industry company with over $13 billion in annual revenues and approximately 35,000 employees.
Arctic Cat will become part of Textron’s Specialized Vehicles business, maintaining its iconic Arctic Cat brand, as well as its current manufacturing, distribution and operational facilities, with a focus on growing the business. Arctic Cat and Textron Specialized Vehicles have complementary product portfolios of recreational, utility and specialized vehicles. The combined businesses will be well positioned to be a powersports industry leader with a wider product line-up, and allow for more aggressive investment in product development, dealer networks, marketing and customer service.
Metz added: “We are proud of the progress our team has made to lay the foundation for Textron to continue taking this company forward. Textron plans to build on Arctic Cat’s strong brand and history of innovation. We expect many Arctic Cat employees to benefit from expanded career opportunities as part of a larger, more diversified company. On behalf of the Arctic Cat board and management team, we thank our dedicated employees for their hard work, commitment and pride in making Arctic Cat an enduring competitor and beloved brand in the powersports market. We are excited about Arctic Cat’s future.”
Baird is serving as financial advisor and Fredrikson & Byron is serving as legal counsel to Arctic Cat. Shearman & Sterling LLP is serving as legal counsel to Textron.
About Arctic Cat
The Arctic Cat brand is among the most widely recognized and respected in the recreational vehicle industry. The company designs, engineers, manufactures and markets all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), side-by-sides and snowmobiles, in addition to related parts, garments and accessories under the Arctic Cat® and Motorfist® brand names. Arctic Cat Inc.’s world headquarters is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Its common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol “ACAT.” More information about Arctic Cat and its products is available at www.arcticcat.com.
About Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc.
Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc. is a leading global manufacturer of golf cars, utility and personal transportation vehicles, professional turf-care equipment, and ground support equipment. Textron Specialized Vehicles markets products under the E-Z-GO®, Cushman®, Textron Off Road™, Jacobsen®, Dixie Chopper®, Ransomes®, TUG™, Douglas™, Premier™ and Safeaero™ brands. Its vehicles are found in environments ranging from golf courses to factories, airports to planned communities, and theme parks to hunting preserves.
Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, Textron Off Road, Textron Systems, and TRU Simulation + Training. For more information visit: www.textron.com.
The tender offer described in this communication has not yet commenced. Neither this communication nor any information incorporated herein by reference is an offer to purchase or a solicitation of an offer to sell any shares or any other securities of Arctic Cat Inc. (“Arctic Cat”). On the commencement date of the tender offer, Aces Acquisition Corp. and Textron Inc. will file a Tender Offer Statement on Schedule TO (“Schedule TO”), including an offer to purchase, a letter of transmittal and related documents, with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). Thereafter, Arctic Cat will file a Solicitation/Recommendation Statement on Schedule 14D-9 (“Schedule 14D-9”) with the SEC. Security holders are urged to read, carefully and in their entirety, both the Schedule TO and the Schedule 14D-9 regarding the tender offer, each as may be amended from time to time, and any other documents relating to the tender offer that are filed with theSEC, when they become available because they will contain important information relevant to making any decision regarding tendering shares. These materials will be made available free of charge on the “Investor Relations” section of Arctic Cat’s website at www.arcticcat.com when available. In addition, all of these materials (and all other materials filed by Arctic Cat with the SEC) will be available at no charge from the SEC through its website at www.sec.gov. Security holders may also obtain free copies of the documents filed byArctic Cat with the SEC by contacting Investor Relations/CFO at Arctic Cat Inc., 500 North 3rd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55401; telephone number (612) 350-1791.
Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information
Statements in this press release regarding the proposed transaction between Arctic Cat and Textron, the expected timetable for completing the transaction, future financial and operating results, benefits of the transaction, future opportunities for Arctic Cat’s business and any other statements by management of Arctic Cat concerning future expectations, beliefs, goals, plans or prospects constitute forward-looking statements. Generally, forward-looking statements include expressed expectations, estimates and projections of future events and financial performance and the assumptions on which these expressed expectations, estimates and projections are based. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about the beliefs and expectations of the parties and their management are forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements are inherently uncertain as they are based on various expectations and assumptions about future events, and they are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties and other factors that can cause actual events and results to differ materially from historical results and those projected. Risks and uncertainties include the satisfaction of closing conditions for the acquisition, including the tender of a number of shares that, when added to the shares owned by Textron and its affiliates, constitutes a majority of Arctic Cat’s outstanding shares on a fully-diluted basis; the possibility that the transaction will not be completed, or if completed, not completed on a timely basis. Arctic Cat cannot give any assurance that any of the transactions contemplated by the agreement will be completed or that the conditions to the tender offer will be satisfied. A further list and description of additional business risks, uncertainties and other factors can be found in Arctic Cat’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016, as well as other Arctic Cat SEC filings. Copies of these filings, as well as subsequent filings, are available online at www.sec.gov and www.arcticcat.com. Many of the factors that will determine the outcome of the subject matter of this communication are beyond Arctic Cat’s ability to control or predict. Arctic Cat does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE )–(NYSE:GE): GE Transportation, the world’s leading producer of rail and transportation-related products and offerings, announced today its acquisition of Iders Incorporated, an electronic product design and manufacturing company for the rail industry.
“This acquisition puts GE in the driver’s seat, allowing for faster innovation and scale, digital breakthroughs and future enhancements by in-house talent.”
Iders Inc., the manufacturer of GoLINC – the onboard processing, storage, networking, and communications platform that essentially turns a locomotive into a mobile data center – has been a valued partner for more than five years. GoLINC boasts an install base of over 8,500 locomotives globally, and is the platform on which GE – and others – can write applications to help a train, and the entire system, perform more effectively.
“This strategic acquisition marks another milestone for GE Transportation in creating an efficient, self-aware rail ecosystem that helps customers achieve smarter outcomes made possible by sensor data and analytics,” said Jamie Miller, GE Transportation President and CEO. “This acquisition puts GE in the driver’s seat, allowing for faster innovation and scale, digital breakthroughs and future enhancements by in-house talent.”
As part of the acquisition, customers will now have access to a more extensive portfolio of cost-competitive digital solutions. GE will also inherit ongoing product development projects that aim to improve productivity and other customer outcomes.
“We’re proud to bring Iders’ history of innovation and advanced technical expertise to GE Transportation and look forward to the next chapter. GE and Iders have developed a successful relationship over the years built on complementary strengths, and we are excited to deepen this alignment,” said Brad Brown, President of Iders Incorporated.
About GE Transportation
At GE Transportation, we are in the business of realizing potential. We are a global technology leader and supplier of equipment, services and solutions to the rail, mining, marine, stationary power and drilling industries. Our innovations help customers deliver goods and services with greater speed and savings using our advanced manufacturing techniques and connected machines. Our digital solutions, which provide data-driven insights to improve efficiency, utilize Predix – GE’s cloud-based operating system for the Industrial Internet. Established more than a century ago, GE Transportation is a division of the General Electric Company that began as a pioneer in passenger and freight locomotives. That innovative spirit still drives GE Transportation today and is strengthened by our ability to serve customers more holistically through the GE Store – a global exchange of knowledge, technology and tools across all GE businesses that ultimately provides better outcomes for customers. GE Transportation is headquartered in Chicago, IL, and employs approximately 10,000 employees worldwide.
About iders Incorporated
iders Incorporated is an electronic product design and manufacturing resource that focuses on rail products, contract product development services (PDS), and contract electronic manufacturing services (EMS). iders has participated in a wide variety of projects. In each case, iders was sought out for its adherence to principles of design excellence, creativity and ability to bring technologies to market.
Anthony Levandowski(left) & Travis Kalanick(right)
Ride service Uber Technologies Inc said on Thursday it acquired self-driving trucks startup Otto and formed a $300 million alliance with Volvo Car Group to develop self-driving cars.
Uber’s moves reflect its eagerness to advance self-driving technology. If its ambitions are realized, these vehicles could over time reduce its biggest cost, paying drivers.
Uber would also be positioned to expand into the trucking industry, which had revenue of about $726.4 billion in the United States in 2015, according to trade data.
Carpooling firms have formed alliances with large automakers, such as General Motors Co and ride-hailing service Lyft, to accelerate those efforts, which depend on software and hardware working together to give a vehicle the right reflexes in traffic.
“Partnership is crucial to our self-driving strategy because Uber has no experience making cars,” Uber Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick wrote in a blogpost.
“To do it well is incredibly hard, as I realized on my first visit to a car manufacturing plant several years ago.”
Uber, which has a research center in Pittsburgh, will by the end of this month begin a pilot program in which trusted Uber customers will be able to use their phones to summon a self-driving car for use in a downtown Pittsburgh, according to a source with knowledge of Uber’s plans.
It will be the first time members of the public will be able to use self-driving vehicles. A driver trained to handle the autonomous cars will be behind the wheel to step in if needed.
The purchase of Otto, a start-up company less than a year old with fewer than 100 employees, will be for 1 percent of Uber’s valuation, if certain technical targets are met, said the source.
Recently, that valuation was about $68 billion, placing the value of the deal at about $680 million. Current Otto employees would get a fifth of profits Uber earns from a self-driving trucking business, if those targets are met, the source said.
Current Otto employees would get a fifth of profits Uber earns from a self-driving trucking business.
Anthony Levandowski, one of Otto’s co-founders, will lead Uber’s self-driving efforts in San Francisco, Palo Alto and Pittsburgh, Kalanick said on the company’s website.
That includes personal transportation such as ride-hailing services, as well as delivery services and trucking, Kalanick said.
Levandowski was one of four founders of Otto, each of whom worked at Alphabet Inc’s Google and its self-driving program.
VOLVO DEAL FOCUSES ON SUV
The Uber-Volvo partnership will allow Uber to pool resources with the Swedish-based carmaker, owned by China’s Geely, into initially developing the autonomous driving capabilities of Volvo’s flagship XC90 SUV model. The investment will be shared roughly equally by the two companies.
There was no timeline given for the alliance, but the source said the goal is to develop a fully self-driving car by 2021, and that Uber, which does not plan to make its own vehicle, will align with other automakers over time.
Uber will buy Volvos and then install its own driverless control system. Some of the Volvos will join a handful of Ford Motor Co Fusion sedans that will be used to start the pilot program that combines self-driving and ride-hailing in downtown Pittsburgh.
So far Otto has tested self-driving trucks for highway use only.
Developers hope for productivity gains with the new technology that will enable trucks to drive around the clock, leaving humans to rest, do paperwork and take controls only while going on and off highways.
Over the long-term, Uber and rivals such as Lyft could cut the cost of paying drivers if they can gradually incorporate self-driving cars into their fleets. But at least for now, said the source familiar with the Uber-Otto agreement, Uber will expand its driver network, which now stands at 1.5 million globally in more than 450 cities.
A spokesman for U.S. safety regulator National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it “continues to engage with all entities that are developing, testing and deploying automated technologies to ensure that they are advancing road safety.”
Federal guidelines will be issued soon on development and testing of “highly automated vehicles,” he said.