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Federal-Mogul Announces Plan To Separate Into 2 Distinct Global Automotive Suppliers

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 9:12am
The Associated Press

Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation has announced its plan to separate its Powertrain and Motorparts divisions into two independent, publicly-traded companies serving the global original equipment and aftermarket industries. The planned separation will be implemented through a tax-free distribution of Federal-Mogul's Motorparts division to shareholders of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation.

"By separating the Powertrain and Motorparts divisions of Federal-Mogul, we are creating two independent, market-leading companies that will be among the largest and strongest in their respective peer groups globally. Upon separation, the newly formed Federal-Mogul Motorparts will have a strong balance sheet with access to large amounts of capital, enabling it to pursue synergistic acquisitions in the highly fragmented aftermarket industry. In addition, the remaining Federal-Mogul Powertrain business will benefit from enhanced management focus and the allocation of resources more directly aligned with its strategic priorities. Upon separation, both businesses will be well-capitalized and poised for stand-alone success," said Carl Icahn, Chairman of the Board of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation. 

Federal-Mogul Motorparts sells and distributes a broad portfolio of products through more than 20 of the world's most recognizable brands in the global vehicle aftermarket, while also serving original equipment manufacturers with braking, chassis, and wiper products.  Motorparts' leading aftermarket brands include ANCO® wiper blades; Champion® spark plugs, wipers, and filters; AE®, Fel-Pro®, FP Diesel®, Goetze®, Glyco®, Nüral®, Payen®, and Sealed Power® engine products; MOOG® steering and suspension parts; and Ferodo®, Jurid®, and Wagner® brake products.

"Since creating the Motorparts division in 2012, we have made solid progress in developing and implementing a strategic plan to take advantage of the growing and increasingly complex global car parc," said Daniel Ninivaggi, Co-CEO, Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation and CEO, Motorparts. "The structure of the separation will provide Federal-Mogul Motorparts with enhanced financial and operating flexibility to pursue growth and consolidation opportunities, while preserving our access to the world-class technology and product expertise that resides within Federal-Mogul's Powertrain division."

Federal-Mogul Powertrain is a leading global supplier of powertrain components to original equipment manufacturers, designing, and manufacturing products and services that enable improved fuel economy, reduced emissions, and enhanced vehicle performance.

"The Powertrain division, focused on providing our customers with the technologies they need to meet today's and tomorrow's challenges, will continue to grow organically based upon our superior offerings. We will also pursue market opportunities to expand our scope, size and footprint, focusing on core components for combustion engines that offer a strong strategic fit with our existing portfolio," said Rainer Jueckstock, Co-CEO, Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation and CEO, Powertrain.

Completion of the transaction is subject to customary conditions, including among others, Federal-Mogul's receipt of an IRS ruling or opinion of counsel to the effect that the distribution will qualify as a transaction that is generally tax-free for U.S. Federal Income tax purposes; as well as effectiveness of a Form 10 Registration Statement filed with the SEC. No assurances can be given regarding the ultimate timing of the separation or that it will be consummated, however the company's objective is to complete the spin-off of Federal-Mogul Motorparts in the first half of 2015.

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