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DGAP-News: Nidec to Acquire Honda Elesys Co., Ltd.



DGAP-News: Nidec to Acquire Honda Elesys Co., Ltd.

Nidec Corporation 

30.10.2013 07:00
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KYOTO, Japan, 2013-10-30 07:00 CET (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --
Nidec Corporation (NYSE:NJ) (the 'Company' or 'Nidec') today announced that it
has agreed to acquire all of the shares of Honda Elesys Co., Ltd. ('Elesys')
from its shareholders, Honda Motor Co., Ltd. ('Honda'), NEC Corporation, Showa
Corporation and Nissin Kogyo Co., Ltd. (the shareholders are correctly referred
to as the 'Shareholders') (the 'Transaction'). For this purpose, the Company
entered into a stock purchase agreement (the 'Stock Purchase Agreement') with
each of the Shareholders as of today. 

1. Purpose and background of the Transaction

With its fundamental business strategy to specialize in the area of various
motors and other products that 'spin and move' and in the area of related
application products, equipment and parts, Nidec Group has developed its
business in a wide range of markets for motors, including information
technology, automotive motors, home appliances, commercial and industrial
equipment and others. 

The Company began to expand its automotive motor business in December 2006 by
acquiring the Motors & Actuators business (currently, Nidec Motors & Actuators)
from Valeo S.A., a French company. Since then, as one of its priority strategic
areas, Nidec Group has actively engaged in acquisitions of automotive motor
businesses, including the acquisition of Jiangsu Kaiyu Auto Appliance Co., Ltd.
(currently, Nidec Kaiyu Auto Electric (Jiangsu) Co., Ltd.) in December 2012 and
the expected acquisition by Nidec Sankyo Corporation, a subsidiary of Nidec, of
Mitsubishi Materials C.M.I. Corporation pursuant to a basic agreement signed in
September 2013. 

Elesys, the subject company of the Stock Purchase Agreement, is a subsidiary of
Honda and one of the world-leading electronics system manufacturers that
develops, manufactures and sells electronic control units for automobiles. 

In the market of electric power steering (EPS) motors, integration with
electronic control unit (power-pack) is increasingly required. By combining the
Company's EPS motors with Elesys' electronic control units (ECU), the motor
business has the potential to be transformed into a module business,
facilitating a great stride for the Company toward the Company's goal to be the
'world's top global mega supplier' in the area of automotive components. 

The Company anticipates extensive synergies in the Transaction. In particular,
given the increasing power-packing of every automotive motor (in addition to
EPS, motors for engine cooling fans (ECF), power windows (W/L) and sun roofs
(S/R), etc.), Elesys' advanced ECU control technology is expected to improve
the Company's motor performance further and enable low cost and high
performance, with a great potential for expansion in the power-pack business
with respect to EPS, ECF, W/L and S/R, etc. The Company is aiming to enter into
the main traction motor market for electric/hybrid cars in the future, and the
Transaction is expected to enable the Company to make proposals for new systems
in that market. In addition to product technologies, synergies with global
development of business, development and manufacturing bases are also expected. 

Additionally, the Company expects to expand its business through collaborations
with its group companies that manufacture automobile-related products, such as
combining sensor cameras of Nidec Copal Corporation with millimeter wave radar
of Elesys, transmission control unit of Nidec Tosok Corporation with control
system of Elesys, and overhead display monitor of Nidec Sankyo Corporation with
control system of Elesys. 

By utilizing Nidec Group's sales network for automotive motors, sales synergies
are also anticipated as Elesys is expected to have a greater opportunity to
sell its products beyond the Honda group. 

Elesys is a front-runner of research and development in the area of advanced
safety technologies (adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, motion
adaptive EPS and collision damage mitigation system, etc.). This area will be
further explored by utilizing the management resources of Nidec Group. 

2. Information on Elesys

 (1)  Company Name:   Honda Elesys Co., Ltd.                                    
 (2)  President:      Katsuhiko Takebe                                          
 (3)  Headquarters:   North Square I, Yokohama Business Park                    
                      134 Godo-cho, Hodogaya-ku, Yokohama City, Kanagawa        
 (4)  Locations of    Utsunomiya Office (manufacturing and procurement)         
       Operation:                                                               
                      Utsunomiya Development Center (development)               
 (5)  Overseas        Elesys North America Inc. (Atlanta, Georgia, the United   
       Subsidiaries:   States)                                                  
                      Zhongshan Elesys Co., Ltd. (Zhongshan City, Guangdong     
                       Province, China)                                         
                      Elesys Asia Co., Ltd. (Amata Nakorn Industrial Estate,    
                       Chonburi Province, Thailand)                             
 (6)  Principal       Development, manufacturing and sale of automobile         
       Businesses:     electronic control units for car bodies                  
 (7)  Employees:      742 (as of the end of March 2013, consolidated)           
 (8)  Capital         JPY 1.95 billion                                          
       Amount:                                                                  
 (9)  Outstanding     72,000 shares                                             
       Shares:                                                                  
(10)  Major           Honda (60.8%), NEC Corporation (33.4%), Showa Corporation 
       Shareholders    (2.9%) and Nissin Kogyo Co., Ltd. (2.9%)                 
       (%):                                                                     
(11)  Sales:          JPY 33.2 billion (in the fiscal year ending March 2013)   
(12)  Net Assets:     JPY 13.3 billion (in the fiscal year ending March 2013)   
(13)  Total Assets:   JPY 21.2 billion (in the fiscal year ending March 2013)   

3. Information on Transaction

(1)  Consideration                                                              
     Cash                                                                       
(2)  Payment and Funding                                                        
     Cash on hand                                                               
(3)  Transaction Structure                                                      
     Nidec will acquire all of the shares of Elesys from the Shareholders.      
(4)  Time Schedule                                                              
     The Transaction will be closed by the end of March 2014 (planned). The     
      closing date may be changed depending on the status of approvals to be    
      obtained from authorities.                                                

4. Information on Honda

(1)  Company     Honda Motor Co., Ltd.                                          
      Name:                                                                     
(2)  Headquarte  2-1-1, Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo                         
     rs:                                                                        
(3)  President:  President, CEO & Representative Director, Takanobu Ito     
(4)  Principal   Research, Development, Manufacturing and Sale of Transportation
      Businesse   Machinery (Motorcycles, Automobiles and General-purpose       
     s:           Products, etc.)                                               
(5)  Capital     JPY 86 billion (as of the end of March 2013)                   
      Amount:                                                                   
(6)  Establishm  September 1948                                                 
     ent:                                                                       

5. Effect on Financial Performance for the Current Fiscal Year

Nidec intends to make appropriate disclosure of the impact of the Transaction
described herein on its consolidated financial performance for the current
fiscal year and announce any changes to its financial performance forecasts in
accordance with the applicable rules of the Tokyo Stock Exchange once such
details are determined. 

Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Information

This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding the intent,
belief, strategy, plans or expectations of the Nidec Group or other parties.
Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance or
events and involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ
materially from those described in such forward-looking statements as a result
of various factors, including, but not limited to, the risks to successfully
completing the planned transaction, the anticipated benefits of the planned
transaction not being realized, changes in general economic conditions
particularly in the automobile, information technology, home appliance,
industrial and commercial machinery and equipment, computer and related product
markets, shifts in technology or user preferences for particular technologies,
and changes in business and regulatory environments. The Nidec Group does not
undertake any obligation to update the forward-looking statements contained
herein or the reasons why actual results could differ from those projected in
the forward-looking statements except as required by law. 


         CONTACT: Masahiro Nagayasu
         General Manager
         Investor Relations
         +81-75-935-6140
         ir@nidec.com
News Source: NASDAQ OMX



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