"We believe that Visteon's interiors and electronics businesses would be an excellent strategic fit with our Automotive Experience business," said Stephen A. Roell, Johnson Controls Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "This acquisition would significantly expand our automotive interior technologies and capabilities. It would provide global scale and complementary products to our automotive electronics offerings. Importantly, it would broaden and deepen our global automotive customer relationships."
Visteon interiors and electronics businesses are leaders in the fast-growing Chinese automotive interiors industry. Johnson Controls, with 23 joint ventures and 40 manufacturing facilities in China, is the leading provider of automotive seating systems. In China, both Visteon and Johnson Controls do business primarily through non-consolidated joint ventures. With the addition of Visteon's operations, Johnson Controls Automotive Experience consolidated and non-consolidated revenues in China could exceed an estimated $7 billion in 2011.
Visteon's major customers and Chinese joint venture partner support the transaction, according to Johnson Controls. The company said it believes its offer would provide superior value to Visteon's stakeholders and that it could move quickly, assuming Visteon's cooperation. It also said it expects the acquisition would have meaningful cost synergies.
Johnson Controls initially contacted Visteon regarding its interest in the interiors and electronics businesses in January 2010 and made subsequent contacts on May 7 and yesterday. No other terms or details of the proposed transaction have been disclosed, pending customary due diligence and negotiations. Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and JPMorgan Securities have been retained by Johnson Controls to assist in the transaction.
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