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November 16, 2021updated 21 Jan 2022 1:01pm

Faurecia public takeover of Hella confirmed

Faurecia will hold 79.5% of Hella after completing the acquisition, expected in early 2022.

By David Leggett

Faurecia has said that the additional acceptance period for the voluntary public takeover offer launched on 27 September 2021 by Faurecia for Hella GmbH & Co. KGaA expired on 11 November 2021 and a total of 21,662,359 shares have been tendered during the offer period by Hella shareholders.

Together with the shareholding of 60% to be acquired from the family pool, Faurecia will hold 79.5% of the shares in Hella upon completion of the takeover offer. It will represent for Faurecia an investment of 5.3 billion euros, to be compared to 6.7 billion euros for 100% of Hella shares at €60 per share, allowing higher financial flexibility for Faurecia.

Faurecia also said it confirms the execution of identified cost synergies and optimization plan from Day 1 after closing.

Since the announcement of the transaction on 14 August 2021, Faurecia and Hella have progressed with the preparation of the post-closing integration and are fully aligned to operate efficiently immediately after closing, Faurecia said.

Patrick Koller, Chief Executive Officer of Faurecia said: “Faurecia welcomes the positive outcome of the voluntary takeover offer for Hella. We have designed a sustainable organization and governance which allows us to be effective starting Day 1. Our strategic combination with Hella will enable us to accelerate our transformation and deliver long-term value creation for all our stakeholders.”

The completion of the transaction, including the settlement of the public tender offer, is still subject to remaining approvals by relevant regulatory authorities. The transaction is expected to close early 2022.

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