Wabco’s shareholders approve acquisition by ZF

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The merger between Wabco Holdings (“Wabco”) and ZF is approaching completion, following a special meeting of Wabco’s shareholders on 27 June in New York. At the meeting, holders representing 68.44% of the company’s shares outstanding voted in favour of adopting the proposed merger agreement. Overall, 71.97% of Wabco’s shareholders participated in the vote, approving ZF’s acquisition of all outstanding shares of Wabco for US$136.50 per share in an all-cash transaction for an equity value of over US$7 billion.

Wabco is a global supplier of technologies and services that improve the safety, efficiency and connectivity of commercial vehicles, while ZF Friedrichshafen AG (“ZF”) is a privately held global technology company and systems supplier for passenger cars, commercial vehicles and industrial technology. This merger will bring together two global technology leaders serving OEMs and fleets in the automotive and commercial vehicle industry, combining Wabco’s capabilities in commercial vehicle safety and efficiency, including technologies involved in vehicle dynamics control, active air suspension systems, and fleet management systems, with ZF’s expertise in mobility technologies for cars and commercial vehicles.

Jacques Esculier, chairman and CEO of Wabco, said, “We are very pleased that Wabco’s shareholders have supported our merger plans, recognising that the ZF transaction offers a compelling strategic fit to advance the requirements of our industry, while also providing certainty of value and liquidity for our shareholders.”

The proposed merger remains subject to further customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals. ZF and WABCO continue to expect to close the transaction in early 2020.

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