Components (IAC) and Shanghai Shenda Co. Ltd. (Shenda) have announced the signing of a definitive
agreement to form a global joint venture (JV) partnership to supply soft trim
and acoustics products to automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEM).
A UK affiliate of Shenda will acquire a 70% stake in the UK-based JV based at an enterprise value of USD $570 million. IAC will maintain a 30% interest. The JV, which will be named at a later date, expands an existing, successful JV partnership between affiliates of IAC and Shenda spanning nearly two decades.
The agreement is subject to various conditions, including third-party consents and other conditions customary for transactions of this type. In connection with the transaction, IAC and its affiliates will enter into various ancillary agreements providing IAC with customary minority shareholder rights with respect to its equity interest in the new JV.
Similar to IAC and Shenda’s existing JV, the new JV’s management team will be comprised of experienced leaders from IAC. Its operations will include substantially all of IAC’s soft trim and acoustics operations, consisting of 21 manufacturing facilities and 4 technical centres worldwide. The JV is expected to generate more than USD $1 billion in annual sales from floor carpets, acoustic insulators, package trays, trunk trim and utility flooring products.
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