FAURECIA TO DIVEST ITS AUTOMOTIVE EXTERIORS BUSINESS TO PLASTIC OMNIUM

Nanterre, France, Sep 14, 2015,  by Faurecia

Faurecia has signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the sale of its Automotive Exteriors business worldwide to Compagnie Plastic Omnium. T

  • Net debt almost eliminated
  • Accelerated investment in value-added technologies
  • Creation of global industry leader

 

Faurecia has signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the sale of its Automotive Exteriors business worldwide to Compagnie Plastic Omnium. The business that would be sold, which is comprised of bumpers and front end modules, had sales of € 2 billion in 2014 and employs 7,700 people in 22 sites. The composite business, the Faurecia plant for Smart in Hambach (France) and two joint ventures in Brazil and China are not included in the deal. The transaction is based on an Enterprise Value of € 665 million.

The finalization of the project, associating the expertise and technology of two strong players, would create a global leader for exterior automotive parts, headquartered in France. Faurecia believes that this project will be beneficial for the development of the business and is in the best interests of its customers and employees.

The divestiture, combined with the early redemption by Faurecia of its convertible bond (announced on December 7, 2015), would almost completely eliminate Faurecia’s net debt. The Group will thus be able to accelerate investment in strong value-added technologies for its Emissions Control Technologies, Automotive Seating and Interior Systems businesses.

Prior to the signature of a definitive agreement, this project is subject to information and consultation procedures with the relevant employee representative bodies and filing with the relevant antitrust authorities.

The transaction is expected to close during 2016.

A conference call with Michel Favre, Chief Financial Officer, will take place today at 7:00 pm (Paris time).

Dial-in numbers: Paris: +33 (0)1 76 77 22 24 – London: +44 (0)20 3427 1903 - New York: +1 646 254 3366

It can also be followed online at: http://www.faurecia.com/en/finance. For more details, a financial presentation will be available for download, before the start of the conference call, on Faurecia’s website at www.faurecia.com.

Faurecia is one of the world's largest automotive equipment suppliers in four activities: Automotive Seating, Emissions Control Technologies, Interior Systems and Automotive Exteriors. In 2014, the Group posted total sales of €18.8 billion. At December 31, 2014, Faurecia employed 100,000 people in 34 countries at 330 sites and 30 R&D centers. Faurecia is listed on the NYSE Euronext Paris stock exchange and trades in the U.S. over-the-counter (OTC) market. For more information, visit: www.faurecia.com

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