Magna confirms offer for Opel



    AURORA, ON, May 22 /CNW/ - Magna International Inc. (TSX: MG.A, NYSE:  
MGA) today confirmed that, together with Sberbank Rossii ("Sberbank"), it has
submitted a non-binding indicative offer for Opel. The offer contemplates a
total investment by Magna and Sberbank of Euro 700 million, a portion of which
would be guaranteed by the German government. Under the offer, the proposed
equity interests in Opel would be: General Motors - 35%; Sberbank - 35%; Magna
- 20%; and Opel employees - 10%.
    General Motors and the German government are reviewing and considering
offers submitted this week and will determine the next steps in the sale
process.
    There is no assurance that any transaction will result from Magna's
current involvement.

    We are the most diversified global automotive supplier. We design,
develop and manufacture technologically advanced systems, assemblies, modules
and components, and engineer and assemble complete vehicles, primarily for
sale to original equipment manufacturers ("OEMs") of cars and light trucks.
Our capabilities include the design, engineering, testing and manufacture of
automotive interior systems; seating systems; closure systems; body and
chassis systems; vision systems; electronic systems; exterior systems;
powertrain systems; roof systems; as well as complete vehicle engineering and
assembly.
    We have approximately 70,000 employees in 240 manufacturing operations
and 86 product development, engineering and sales centres in 25 countries.

    
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For further information: Vincent J. Galifi, Executive Vice-President and
Chief Financial Officer at (905) 726-7100


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