Johnson sells auto electronic unit to Visteon

US-headquartered multi-industrial company Johnson Controls has signed a definitive agreement to sell its automotive electronics business to Visteon Corporation for US$265 million. Under the terms of the agreement, Visteon will acquire Johnson Controls' instrument cluster, infotainment, display, and body electronics products. The company previously sold the HomeLink product portion of its electronics portfolio to Gentex Corporation in September 2013.

"We are pleased with this agreement. Visteon is a good strategic fit for the business and will provide the right level of commitment and the best long term value for our customers and employees," said Alex Molinaroli, chairman and CEO of Johnson Controls.

This transaction will complete Johnson Controls' divestiture of the automotive electronics business which in aggregate realised total proceeds in line with original expectations of over US$965 million. The company has elected to move away from automotive electronics as part of its broader strategy to focus on core businesses and reallocate capital to further diversify its portfolio and maximise shareholder value.

Visteon Corporation is a global automotive supplier that designs, engineers and manufactures innovative components and systems for vehicle manufacturers worldwide through businesses including Visteon Electronics, Visteon Interiors and Halla Visteon Climate Control Corp. Visteon's family of businesses generated US$13.8 billion in sales in 2012. Visteon employs about 22,000 people in its consolidated operations in 29 countries, and has corporate offices in Van Buren Township, Mich. (US); Shanghai, China; and Chelmsford, UK.

The acquisition is subject to certain regulatory and other consents and approvals and is expected to be completed in the second quarter of the 2014 calendar year. Other terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

(IMA)

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