Delphi announces plans for spin-off of powertrain segment

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Delphi Automotive PLC has announced its intention to execute a tax-free spin-off of its Powertrain Systems segment into a new, independent publicly traded company. Immediately following the transaction, which is expected to be completed by March 2018, Delphi shareholders will own shares of both companies.

“Today’s announcement represents an exciting opportunity for our businesses by creating two independent companies, each with a distinct product focus, a proven business model, and the flexibility to pursue accelerated investments in advanced technologies that solve our customers’ most complex challenges,” said Kevin Clark, president and chief executive officer. “At a time of unprecedented industry change, the underlying strength of both our operating businesses and strategic partnerships will allow each company to focus even more sharply on its unique opportunities, continue to develop the very best advanced technologies, and help our customers navigate the road ahead.”

The convergence of technologies underpinning industry megatrends is driving greater demand for advanced electronics and increased computing power to meet consumer preferences for more safety, efficiency, and connectivity. At the same time, regulations for emissions and fuel economy are becoming increasingly stringent globally, requiring advanced engine management and electrification systems to enhance vehicle performance and meet customer demand.

“Looking ahead, new mobility will be defined by the convergence of automated driving, increased electrification, and connected infotainment, all enabled by exponential increases in computing power and smart vehicle architectures,” Clark added. “As a result of our strategy to grow and expand through organic investments, acquisitions, and strategic partnerships aligned to the safe, green and connected industry megatrends, our Electrical/ Electronic Architecture and Electronics & Safety businesses are well positioned for significant growth as the only global provider of an integrated ‘brain and nervous system’ of the vehicle. We have the advanced technologies, engineering capabilities, and cost structure to be a global leader in the rapidly evolving mobility sector.”

Upon completion of the transaction, E/EA and E&S will continue to focus on its portfolio of safe, green and connected technology solutions and satisfying the increasingly complex needs of its customers. The company operates a flexible and lean business model, delivering value to shareholders through disciplined and profitable growth, strong cash generation and balanced and accretive cash deployment.

Powertrain is a global technology leader focused on optimizing vehicle propulsion systems by enhancing environmental efficiency and vehicle performance. The company is a global supplier to original equipment manufacturers and aftermarket customers with 20,000 global employees, 5,000 engineers and revenues of approximately US$4.5bn in 2016.

Powertrain’s portfolio of advanced propulsion technologies benefits from increasingly stringent regulatory standards and consumer demands for increased fuel economy and reduced CO2 emissions. With its global engineering capabilities and lean and flexible manufacturing footprint, the company is focused and positioned to deliver above market, sustainable and profitable growth.

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Dean has been with UKi Media & Events for over a decade, having previously cut his journalistic teeth writing and editing for various automotive and engineering titles. He combines extensive knowledge of all things automotive with a passion for driving, and experience testing countless new vehicles, engines and technologies around the world. As well as his role as editor-in-chief across a range of UKi's media titles, he is also co-chair of the judging panel of the International Engine of the Year Awards.

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