AURORA, ON, April 16, 2015 /CNW/ - Magna International Inc. (TSX: MG, NYSE: MGA) today announced that it has signed an agreement to sell substantially all of its interiors operations to Grupo Antolin, a leading global supplier of automotive interior systems. The purchase price for the operations, excluding certain assets, is approximately $525 million, subject to customary closing adjustments for the value of net working capital and net debt at closing.
The transaction includes 36 manufacturing operations and approximately 12,000 employees located in Europe, North America and Asia. Full year 2014 total sales for the operations included in the agreement were approximately $2.4 billion. Magna's seating business is not included in this transaction.
Don Walker, Magna's Chief Executive Officer commented: "This transaction is consistent with our strategy of refining our product portfolio to focus on certain key areas of the vehicle. In addition, we are very pleased to have reached an agreement with an established company that we believe will be well-positioned globally in the interiors business. We are confident that Grupo Antolin will continue to serve our interiors customers and provide to our interiors employees a solid foundation for the future."
The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2015, subject to a number of customary conditions, including antitrust approvals.
We are a leading global automotive supplier with 313 manufacturing operations and 84 product development, engineering and sales centres in 28 countries. We have approximately 131, 000 employees focused on delivering superior value to our customers through innovative processes and World Class Manufacturing. Our product capabilities include producing body, chassis, interior, exterior, seating, powertrain, electronic, vision, closure and roof systems and modules, as well as complete vehicle engineering and contract manufacturing. Our common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (MG) and the New York Stock Exchange (MGA). For further information about Magna, visit our website at www.magna.com.
FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS
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SOURCE Magna International Inc.
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