Samsung to Acquire HARMAN in $8-Billion Deal
Staff posted on November 14, 2016 |
Samsung seeks to expand influence in automotive electronics.
(Image courtesy of HARMAN.)
(Image courtesy of HARMAN.)
Samsung Electronics and Harman International Industries, Inc. have announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Samsung will acquire HARMAN for USD $112.00 per share in cash, a total equity value of approximately $8.0 billion. 

Upon closing, the transaction will immediately give Samsung a significant presence in the large and rapidly growing market for connected technologies, particularly automotive electronics, which has been a strategic priority for Samsung, and is expected to grow to more than $100 billion by 2025.

HARMAN is a provider of connected car solutions, with more than 30 million vehicles currently equipped with its connected car and audio systems, including embedded infotainment, telematics, connected safety and security. Approximately 65 percent of HARMAN’s $7.0 billion of reported sales during the 12 months ended September 30, 2016 are automotive-related, and its order backlog for this market at June 30, 2016 was approximately $24 billion.

 HARMAN’s experience designing and integrating in-vehicle technologies, as well as its long-term relationships with many of the world’s automakers, is expected to create significant growth opportunities for the combined business by enabling it to leverage Samsung’s experience in connected mobility, semiconductors, user experience, displays and its global distribution channels.

“HARMAN perfectly complements Samsung in terms of technologies, products and solutions, and joining forces is a natural extension of the automotive strategy we have been pursuing for some time,” said Oh-Hyun Kwon, vice chairman and CEO of Samsung Electronics.  “As a Tier 1 automotive supplier with deep customer relationships, strong brands, leading technology and a recognized portfolio of best-in-class products, HARMAN immediately establishes a strong foundation for Samsung to grow our automotive platform.” 

“The vehicle of tomorrow will be transformed by smart technology and connectivity in the same way that simple feature phones have become sophisticated smart devices over the past decade,” added Young Sohn, president and CSO of Samsung Electronics. “We see substantial long-term growth opportunities in the auto technology market as demand for Samsung’s specialized electronic components and solutions continues to grow.  Working together, we are confident that HARMAN can become a new kind of Tier 1 provider to the OEMs by delivering end-to-end solutions across the connected ecosystem.”

Upon closing, HARMAN will operate as a standalone Samsung subsidiary, and continue to be led by Dinesh Paliwal and HARMAN’s current management team.  Samsung is pursuing a long-term growth strategy in automotive electronics, and plans to retain HARMAN’s work force, headquarters and facilities, as well as all of its consumer and professional audio brands.  Samsung believes the combination will increase career development and advancement opportunities for the employees of both companies.

For more information, visit the websites for HARMAN and Samsung.

Source: Samsung

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