Philips and consortium led by GO Scale Capital terminate Lumileds transaction
January 22, 2016
Parties withdraw CFIUS filing and terminate agreement, because of inability to resolve CFIUS’ unforeseen concerns
Philips is engaging with other parties that have expressed an interest in the Lumileds business
Termination of the agreement does not impact Philips’ separation process
Amsterdam, the Netherlands – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) today announced that Philips and GO Scale Capital have terminated the agreement pursuant to which the consortium led by GO Scale Capital would acquire an 80.1% interest in Lumileds.
Despite the extensive efforts of Philips and GO Scale Capital to mitigate the concerns of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), regulatory clearance has not been granted for this particular transaction.
”I am very disappointed about this outcome as this was a very good deal for both Lumileds and the GO Scale Capital-led consortium. This outcome does not, however, impact the fundamentals of the Lumileds business,” said Frans van Houten, CEO of Royal Philips. “Lumileds is a highly successful supplier of lighting components to the general illumination, automotive and consumer electronics markets with a strong customer base. We will now engage with other parties that have expressed an interest in exploring strategic options for Lumileds to pursue more growth and scale.”
Frans van Houten added: “I would like to extend my appreciation to GO Scale Capital for having been a deeply committed partner to Philips during the transaction process.”
Lumileds has operations in more than 30 countries and employs approximately 8,800 employees worldwide. In 2015, it generated sales of approximately USD 2 billion.
The termination of the transaction with GO Scale Capital does not involve a break fee nor impact the separation process of the remaining Lighting business from Royal Philips, which is being pursued as an independent transaction.
Philips will continue to report the Lumileds business as discontinued operations.
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