Mergers and Acquisitions

Bosch says it will buy remaining stake in ZF's steering business; deal will smooth ZF takeover of TRW

Sept. 15, 2014 09:11 CET
Z agreed to sell its steering systems business to Robert Bosch, a deal that paves the way for ZF to buy TRW Automotive. ZF Lenksysteme has approximately 4.1 billion euros ($5.3 billion) in sales.... Read More »

 

ZF set to sell stake in steering venture to Bosch to smooth TRW takeover, report says

Sept. 13, 2014 06:01 CET
ZF Friedrichshafen is nearing a sale of its steering business as part of its proposed acquisition of TRW Automotive to resolve expected antitrust issues, a German newspaper reported.... Read More »

 

U.S. Treasury trims Ally stake further

5:19 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 12, 2014
The Treasury started a second trading plan to cut its stake in Ally Financial. After completing its first plan, it now holds 66.2 million shares of Ally’s common stock, a statement said on Friday. That’s 13.8 percent of the company, down from 16 percent in August.... Read More »

 

Porsche SE does first post-VW deal, buying 10% stake in traffic tracker Inrix

Sept. 12, 2014 17:05 CET
Porsche Automobil Holding bought a 10 percent stake in U.S. traffic information provider Inrix for $55 million, its first move to expand its assets beyond a controlling stake in Volkswagen.... Read More »

 

AMY WILSON

How two old friends made the AutoNation-Barrier deal happen

11:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2014
Jimmy Barrier's decision to sell his Seattle-area luxury-brand dealerships to AutoNation was more than 30 years in the making. That's how far back Barrier goes with AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson.... Read More »

 

AutoNation to buy 4 luxury dealerships in Seattle market

9:15 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2014
AutoNation is expanding its footprint in the Pacific Northwest by buying four luxury-brand dealerships in the Seattle market that generate more than $350 million in annual revenue.... Read More »

 

Federal-Mogul agrees to buy TRW engine valve unit for $385 million

9:23 am U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2014
Federal-Mogul said today it agreed to acquire the engine valve business from TRW Automotive Holdings for $385 million in cash. TRW's engine valve unit generated revenue of $610 million last year and employs 5,400 people in 12 countries.... Read More »

 

ZF's takeover bid for TRW causes stir in supplier's German home town

Sept. 9, 2014 17:09 CET
ZF Friedrichshafen's potential $11 billion takeover of TRW Automotive surprised and unsettled workers in the supplier's home town of Friedrichshafen, Germany. ZF's bid for TRW shows the financial might of Germany's stolid privately held companies.... Read More »

 

GM leads broad rise in M&A

GM dealerships' buy-sell activity jumps

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
GM stores are by far the most sold and acquired in the dealership buy-sell market this year. Buy-sell expert Alan Haig says "it's a sign that their profits are strong, and buyers are seeing momentum in the GM brands that didn't exist in prior years."... Read More »

 

Dealership buy-sell pace is hottest in years

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 7, 2014
Dealership acquisitions continue to soar, positioning 2014 to be one of the most active years for buy-sells in more than a decade, say advisers who track transactions. Through July, private acquisition announcements in Automotive News more than doubled to 70 transactions from 32 in the year-earlier period, the midyear Haig Partners Blue Sky Report released last week said.... Read More »

 

Fiat may sell up to $1.04 billion in stock with U.S. listing to reduce debt

Sept. 4, 2014 16:17 CET
Fiat may sell as much as $1.04 billion in shares to reduce debt and gain local investors after the new company formed from merging with Chrysler Group lists stock in the U.S., according to Bloomberg News calculations.... Read More »

 

Departing Nissan exec Palmer wanted Ghosn to buy Aston Martin stake, report says

Sept. 4, 2014 17:20 CET
Former Nissan senior executive Andy Palmer tried to persuade Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn to invest in Aston Martin before Palmer jumped ship to lead the UK sports-car maker, sources said.... Read More »

 

ZF restarts talks with Bosch to ease TRW purchase, sources say

Sept. 4, 2014 10:39 CET
ZF is restarting talks to exit its joint venture with Bosch, sources said, as it seeks to clear the way for its takeover of TRW Automotive. ZF is seeking to sell its half of the steering-systems venture to Bosch to avoid antitrust issues.... Read More »

 

Fiat investors exercised $610 million exit rights ahead of Chrysler merger

Sept. 4, 2014 09:10 CET
Fiat investors exercised 463.6 million euros ($610 million) in cash-exit rights, just shy of the 500 million euro threshold set by CEO Sergio Marchionne to complete a merger with Chrysler.... Read More »

 

Solvay buys Chevron Phillips' automotive plastics unit for $220 million

4:34 am U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2014
Solvay agreed to buy a performance polymers business from Chevron Phillips Chemical for $220 million to expand its offering of lightweight plastics increasingly used to replace heavier metal parts in cars.... Read More »

 

Icahn-controlled Federal-Mogul to split into two public companies

9:11 am U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2014
Carl Icahn-controlled auto supplier Federal-Mogul Holdings said today it plans to split its two business units into two publicly-traded companies.... Read More »

 

Fiat clears hurdle on path to Chrysler deal

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Fiat will spend less than the limit the carmaker set to buy shares from investors who opted to sell ahead of its merger with Chrysler Group, clearing a key hurdle before the deal can close.... Read More »

 

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

A lot to learn from past acquisitions

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2014
Your stories in recent weeks about the possibility of large acquisitions in the supplier community bring to mind the quote "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."... Read More »

 

Fiat Chrysler sees New York stock market debut on Oct. 13

8:52 am U.S. ET | Aug. 30, 2014
Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles aims to list shares in the newly merged carmaker in New York on Oct. 13, CEO Sergio Marchionne said on Saturday, adding that a decision on any capital increase would be made at the end of that month.... Read More »

 

Capital Automotive sold for $4.3 billion, source says

4:27 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2014
Brookfield Property Partners will acquire Capital Automotive for $4.3 billion, according to a source familiar with the deal.... Read More »

 

Hong Kong firm acquires majority stake in supplier Key Safety Systems

12:46 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 29, 2014
Hong Kong private equity firm FountainVest Partners completed a deal to become the majority shareholder in automotive safety products supplier Key Safety Systems. The deal could be worth as much as $800 million, a Bloomberg report out of China said in April.... Read More »

 

Fiat clears Chrysler merger hurdle

Aug. 29, 2014 08:39 CET
Fiat will spend less than the limit the carmaker set to buy shares from investors who opted to sell ahead of its merger with Chrysler Group, clearing a key hurdle before the deal can close.... Read More »

 

Lear agrees to buy leather supplier Eagle Ottawa in $850 million deal

4:54 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2014
Lear agreed to buy automotive leather supplier Eagle Ottawa in a deal valued at $850 million that aims to strengthen the company's global seating business.... Read More »

 

Penske Media acquires Fairchild trade magazines from Conde Nast

7:40 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2014
Penske Media, the Los Angeles-based publishing company founded by automotive heir Jay Penske, is acquiring Fairchild Fashion Media's trade magazines from Conde Nast Publications.... Read More »

 

Lear to buy leather supplier Eagle Ottawa for $800 million, reports say

5:46 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2014
Lear is finalizing a deal to acquire automotive seat leather supplier Eagle Ottawa, media reports said, citing sources close to the deal. Lear, based in Michigan, is expected to pay more than $800 million for Eagle Ottawa, the world's largest supplier of leather to the automotive market.... Read More »

 

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