ZF completes $12.4 billion acquisition of TRW
German supplier ZF Friedrichshafen said it has completed its $12.4 billion acquisition of safety systems supplier TRW Automotive Holdings.
TRW will operate as a division under ZF called active and passive safety technology.
“The combined company is a powerhouse of automotive technologies, ranging from driver assistance and occupant safety systems to drivelines and transmissions and braking and steering systems,” TRW CEO John Plant said in a statement on Friday. “This unique combination of advanced technologies comprehensively addresses the growing, industrywide trends of safety, fuel efficiency and autonomous driving,” he said.
The total value of the transaction, including assumption of debt, is $13.5 billion, the companies said last July when the deal was announced.
ZF CEO Stefan Sommer told Crain’s Detroit Business, an affiliate of Automotive News Europe, in January that Plant would remain with the company after the deal closed, but the scope of his role is unknown. The combined company will have 138,000 employees. Sommer told Crain’s that he foresaw no overlapping of the two companies' business.
The integration of the two companies is expected to last three to five years, ZF said in the statement.
The deal creates the second-largest auto supplier in the world, according to the Automotive News Europe list of the top 100 global suppliers. ZF reported global sales to automakers of $20.4 billion in 2013, with TRW posting $17.5 billion in 2014.
Robert Bosch remains the No. 1 global supplier with $37.7 billion in automotive revenue. The current No. 2 is Denso with $35.9 billion, based on 2013 data.
Outstanding shares of TRW, which are traded on the New York Stock Exchange, were delisted as of Friday.