TRW Bought by German Car Parts Maker

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TRW Bought by German Car Parts Maker

The deal between ZF Friedrichshafen and TRW will create a global leader in the automotive supplier business with combined sales of $41 billion.

BERLIN -- Germany's car parts maker ZF Friedrichshafen is to buy TRW Automotive (IW 500/72) to create a new sector giant, the two firms said Monday, in a deal worth nearly 10 billion euros.

ZF, Germany's third biggest auto parts maker, will pay $105.60 per TRW share, TRW said the deal would create "a global leader in the automotive supplier business with pro forma combined sales of approximately 30 billion euros (US$41 billion)."

ZF said the deal was worth $12.4 billion, while an AFP calculation of the number of TRW shares put it at $11.7 billion and TRW spoke of about $13.5 billion on an enterprise value basis.

"Together ZF and TRW will be uniquely positioned to benefit from the megatrends of the automotive industry on a global basis," ZF said.

The combined company will have 138,000 employees, it added.

TRW said its board had unanimously approved the transaction.

ZF earlier announced it had sold its 50% stake in ZFLS, a steering systems producer, to its partner in the venture, Bosch, for an undisclosed sum.

ZF, based on the shores of Lake Constance in southern Germany, announced in July that it was in talks with TRW.

Media reports and analysts had said the sale of the ZFLS stake was a condition for the purchase of TRW.

ZF has indicated that TRW will be operated as a separate business division.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2014

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