PARIS, France, Feb 10, 2022 – Valeo announces it has signed an agreement with Siemens to acquire Siemens’ 50% stake in Valeo Siemens eAutomotive. After July 1, 2022, 100% of Valeo Siemens eAutomotive will be integrated within Valeo’s Powertrain Systems Business Group.
Completion of the transaction will result in a net cash outflow of 277 million euros for Valeo, representing the acquisition of Siemens’ stake on a debt-free basis. This outflow will be financed by the Group’s available cash. From an accounting point of view, net debt will increase by 741 million euros(1) without substantially modifying the overall equilibrium of Valeo’s financial position. From 2023, the Group plans to reduce its debt according to the roadmap that will be presented on February 25, 2022, when Valeo announces its strategic and financial outlook for 2022-2025.
The value of the high-voltage electrification market is set to increase significantly in the coming years and will represent 92 billion euros in 2030 (annualized growth of 17.5% over the 2021-2030 period). 40% of this market will be outsourced to automotive suppliers. By 2030, the market for vehicles equipped with high-voltage electric powertrain systems (BEVs and PHEVs) will account for 35% of automotive production worldwide.
Valeo Siemens eAutomotive is a recognized technological and industrial leader, present(2) on the main mass-market and premium platforms of 21 automakers. By the end of 2022, more than 90 electric and plug-in hybrid models will be fitted with Valeo’s electric powertrain systems, motors, inverters or onboard chargers.
The integration of Valeo Siemens eAutomotive within Valeo’s Powertrain Systems Business Group strengthens its position in the fast-growing electrification market. The Powertrain Systems Business Group’s pro forma sales amounted to 5.4 billion euros in 2021, and the Group is now targeting annual sales growth of more than 12% for this business. This means that sales for the combined entity are expected to reach more than 8.5 billion euros by 2025.
The integration of Valeo Siemens eAutomotive should enable the new combined entity to:
- accelerate its technological roadmap in order to offer its customers increasingly high-performance solutions;
- aim for a synergy objective representing a total annual amount of 120 million euros by 2025. These synergies should be achieved progressively, with the full benefit delivered in 2025 (50% in 2023, 75% in 2024 and 100% in 2025);
- accelerate its growth.
The combined entity is expected to generate an EBITDA margin of more than 11% and pre-tax free cash flow of around 350 million euros in 2025 (with pro forma pre-tax free cash flow breaking even from 2022).
Following the transaction and based on IHS production assumptions, Valeo has set the following pro forma objectives for the new Valeo Powertrain Systems Business Group:
|EBITDA margin||>8% of sales||>11% of sales|
|Pre-tax free cash flow||Breakeven||Around €350m|
Given the timing of the transaction and an expected 50% reduction in losses for Valeo Siemens eAutomotive in 2022 compared with 2021, the impact of the consolidation of Valeo Siemens eAutomotive on the Group’s net income will be less than that recorded in 2021.
The project has been unanimously approved by the Board of Directors and its completion is subject to authorization by the relevant antitrust authorities. The relevant employee representative bodies will be informed and consulted.
(1) After taking into account (i) the net cash-out for the acquisition of shares from Siemens (277 million euros), (ii) the elimination on consolidation of the outstanding balance of loans granted by Valeo to Valeo Siemens eAutomotive (345 million euros already restated by the rating agencies), and (iii) the consolidation within Valeo’s financial statements of leases carried by the entity (119 million euros).
(2) In series production or under development.
Valeo is an automotive supplier, partner to all automakers worldwide. As a technology company, Valeo proposes innovative products and systems that contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions and to the development of intuitive driving. In 2020, the Group generated sales of 16.4 billion euros and invested 12% of its original equipment sales in Research and Development. At December 31, 2020, Valeo had 187 plants, 20 research centers, 43 development centers and 15 distribution platforms, and employed 110,300 people in 33 countries worldwide. Valeo is listed on the Paris Stock Exchange. For more information, visit https://www.valeo.com.
About Siemens AG
Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a technology company focused on industry, infrastructure, transport, and healthcare. From more resource-efficient factories, resilient supply chains, and smarter buildings and grids, to cleaner and more comfortable transportation as well as advanced healthcare, the company creates technology with purpose adding real value for customers. By combining the real and the digital worlds, Siemens empowers its customers to transform their industries and markets, helping them to transform the everyday for billions of people. Siemens also owns a majority stake in the publicly listed company Siemens Healthineers, a globally leading medical technology provider shaping the future of healthcare. In addition, Siemens holds a minority stake in Siemens Energy, a global leader in the transmission and generation of electrical power. In fiscal 2021, which ended on September 30, 2021, the Siemens Group generated revenue of €62.3 billion and net income of €6.7 billion. As of September 30, 2021, the company had around 303,000 employees worldwide. Further information is available on the Internet at www.siemens.com.