TDK Corporation, a leading electronics company headquartered in Japan, and EPCOS AG, a leading manufacturer of electronic components, modules and systems headquartered in Germany, announced today the signing of a Business Combination Agreement (BCA). The purpose of the agreement is to combine EPCOS with TDK’s activities in the electronic components field. The combination will create an industry-leading electronic components company with a strong presence across customer sectors and regions. The BCA contains the basis of the partnership and the roadmap for its implementation.
As a first step, TDK will launch a public tender offer for all outstanding shares of EPCOS and will offer EPCOS' shareholders EUR 17.85 in cash per share. The offer price represents a 52 percent premium over the three-months average closing share price on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (Xetra) prior to the date of this announcement and a 29 percent premium over the closing price (Xetra) on July 30, 2008. Based on the number of EPCOS shares outstanding, this offer would value EPCOS at approx. EUR 1.2 billion equity value. Including net financial liabilities, pension obligations and minority interests this implies an enterprise value for EPCOS of approx. EUR 1.4 billion. TDK currently holds approx. 2.5% of the current registered share capital of EPCOS and has secured delivery of a further approx. 7.0%.
The offer document is expected to be published after approval by the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin – Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht) during August 2008. The offer is subject to certain conditions, including a 50 percent plus one share minimum acceptance threshold on a fully diluted basis, and regulatory approvals. TDK expects the offer to close by October. It is intended that the all-cash transaction will be financed by a bridge loan.
Following the successful completion of the public tender offer, TDK will immediately begin the process of carving out its relevant passive components business. The objective is to combine this business with EPCOS’ business under a new company, provisionally named TDK EP Components KK. This corporate separation is subject to the approval of TDK’s general shareholders’ meeting.
Continuity Is Assured
The parties have agreed that the Board of Directors of the new company will consist of three representatives from TDK and two from EPCOS and will oversee the management of the combined passive components businesses of TDK and EPCOS. Basic structural changes within EPCOS will require the support of all new company Board Members.
The new company Board of Directors is committed to EPCOS’ employees and customers and will preserve EPCOS’ existing headquarters. The well-established TDK and EPCOS brands will continue to be used in the future.
Combination to create benefits for both companies and their stakeholders
“With the signing of the BCA, we are pleased to have reached an important milestone on the road to a promising joint future,” said Takehiro Kamigama, President and COO of TDK. “The customers, employees and shareholders of both companies will benefit from the combination of these two outstanding components companies which have decided to conduct their future business in the spirit of a merger of equals. Our very attractive offer presents full and immediate value to the shareholders of EPCOS.”
The Supervisory Board and the Management of EPCOS are fully supportive of the transaction and are expressly committed to EPCOS joining TDK. “TDK is one of the world’s most successful components companies and is an excellent partner for us,” explained Klaus Ziegler, Chairman of EPCOS’ Supervisory Board. “With this strategy-oriented and financially strong majority shareholder, our company will noticeably gain standing and create an especially solid basis for future success.”
Combining the components businesses will enable both companies to concentrate more intensely on strengthening competitiveness and enhancing enterprise value. “The combination will create an industry-leading global player,” said Gerhard Pegam, President and CEO of EPCOS.
The outlook is very promising given that the components activities of TDK and EPCOS barely overlap and complement each other very well. That holds true technologically as well as with respect to the industries served and the geographical footprint of both parties.
“TDK is well established primarily in Asia, the largest growth region, as well as in all application areas, particularly in consumer electronics and IT,” noted Takehiro Kamigama, President and COO of TDK. “The especially strong position of EPCOS in Europe in the growth markets of automotive and industrial electronics and its global importance in mobile communications constitute an excellent fit. In addition, we expect synergy effects in R&D, purchasing and sales. Overall, the highly complementary nature of the businesses will create attractive opportunities for the employees and customers of both groups.”
TDK is looking forward to joining forces with management team and employees of EPCOS who will bring their highly valued commitment, experience and creativity into the partnership and work together with TDK for a successful future.
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