Motherson Sumi to acquire Finland’s PKC Group for up to $610 mn
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Motherson Sumi Systems Ltd, India's largest auto-component maker, has agreed to acquire Finland's PKC Group Plc for as much as €571 million (Rs 4,150 crore or $610 million).

Motherson Sumi said in a statement on Friday it will make a public offer to acquire all the shares and option rights in PKC, listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki stock exchange. 

The two companies have also signed a combination agreement for the proposed transaction, the statement said. The transaction is likely to be completed by the end of March, it added.

Motherson Sumi said the proposed acquisition will help it expand its presence in the niche market of global wiring harness business for commercial vehicles. The deal is likely to be "highly value accretive as there is minimal overlap" between the companies' operations in terms  of geographical presence and synergy in product  segments, it said.

The Indian company also said it will make the public offer through a wholly owned unit at €23.55 a share. That's 51% higher than the €15.59 price at which shares of PKC Group closed on Thursday. 

Shares of Mumbai-listed Motherson Sumi were 3% higher in morning trade at Rs 335.75 apiece, giving the company a market value of Rs 47,120 crore.

Helsinki-based PKC supplies wiring harness and associated components to commercial vehicle makers and automakers across North America, Europe, Brazil and China.

PKC, which set up its first wiring harness factory in 1969, now has production facilities in 11 countries with over 22,000 employees. It recorded €846 million in revenue for 2016. 

Motherson Sumi has appointed Motilal Oswal Investment Advisors Pvt. Ltd and Nordea Corporate & Investment Banking as financial advisers and White & Case as legal adviser in connection with the latest transaction.

The transaction is subject to the completion of closing conditions and regulatory approvals.

Other acquisitions

Motherson Sumi is the flagship company of the Samvardhana Motherson Group. Japan’s Sumitomo Wiring Systems holds a minority stake in the company. It has 46 factories and has operations in 13 countries.

The company said the acquisition of PKC fits into its five-year Vision 2020 strategy to achieve $18 billion in revenue by 2019-20.

Motherson Sumi’s revenue has grown at a compound annual pace of 40% over the past 10 years. For the year ended 31 March 2016, it had revenue of Rs 38,677 crore ($5.8 billion) and a net profit of Rs 1,273.7 crore.

The company has grown rapidly thanks partly to the 14 acquisitions it had made since 2002.

Its most recent acquisition was in September last year, when it agreed to acquire the automotive business unit of Hungary’s Abraham and Co. Ltd for about $11.7 million.

In 2014, it agreed to acquire US-based Stoneridge Inc’s wiring harness business for $65.7 million. Its other noticeable purchases include the acquisition of the mirror business of Visiocorp in 2009 and Peguform in 2011.

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