Electric car parts maker sold in £150m merger deal

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 | MERGER

A Gateshead-based company that manufactures parts for electric vehicles is set to be sold to a US automotive firm in a merger deal worth around £150 million.

The North East firm, called Sevcon, has entered into a merger agreement with Michigan’s BorgWarner Inc that would see the British company acquired for $22 (£17) per share.

The deal places Sevcon’s value at around $200 million (£154 million), outstripping its market value by 61 per cent and reflecting the company’s recent contract wins, which will see it making parts for a British supercar company and several overseas suppliers.

Increasing global demand for electric and other low-carbon vehicles has seen Sevcon’s order book swell over the past three years to now be worth £320 million.

Sevcon’s president and CEO, Matt Boyle, told employees that the acquisition could signal a period of substantial growth at the company. The company has recently moved to Gateshead’s Team Valley business park and begun to recruit 200 new employees to add to its existing workforce of 80, though this headcount is expected to rise following the deal’s completion.

Boyle added that the Sevcon board had unanimously approved the proposed merger and, pending approval from shareholders, that the deal would close within the next two months.

He said: “I am enormously proud of what we have achieved so far. To carry that work forward we need to become larger quickly, as required by our potential customers. We need to take on the substantially greater projects which a merger with BorgWarner will allow us to consider.

“The combination of Sevcon and BorgWarner skills is what the market for electrification is demanding.”

It is unclear whether the Gateshead firm would continue under its own brand or be subsumed into the BorgWarner name, though its senior team – including Boyle – will remain.

Subscribe to Business Sale Report here


Share this article



Latest Businesses for Sale

Natural Stone Supply Company: Sourcing/Processing/Distribution
Aberdeenshire, Scotland, UK

This company specialises in supplying the highest quality natural stone products, offering a complete turnkey solution to its customers from sourcing, through to processing, design and final distribution and delivery. Offers invited.

Asking Price: £1,050,000
Turnover: £1,100,000

RELOCATABLE


Precision Engineering Business
North West, UK

Precision Engineering Business for sale operating with a modern, well equipped machine shop, offering Engineering Development Modelling (EDM), CNC turning & milling, grinding, boring and fitting. Offers invited.

Asking Price: Offers Invited
Turnover: £400,000

LEASEHOLD


Accountancy Business
UK Wide

High quality practice with strong middle management on the market for the first time. Established: 25 to 30 years. Strong middle-tier management to support acquirer throughout the transition period and on an ongoing basis. Locations: Cheshire, Mersey...

Asking Price: £1,300,000
Turnover: £1,300,000


View more businesses for sale

News Search

Latest News

 
20
 
Sep
 

Thomas Cook seeking 'last-ditch' fire sale | BUSINESS SALE

Thomas Cook Group is reportedly trying to piece together a l...

 
19
 
Sep
 

Smith & Williamson and Tilney to merge | MERGER

After revealing in August this year that talks were in place...

 
18
 
Sep
 

Infrastructure investment manager takes stake in LJLA | BUSINESS SALE

Infrastructure investment management group, Ancala Partners,...

Free guide: 10 Biggest Buyer Mistakes

Sign up to receive our acquisition alert emails to get your FREE guide

Email


Want access to the latest businesses for sale?

Business Sale Report is your complete solution to finding great acquisition opportunities.

Join today to receive:

  • Comprehensive range of businesses for sale
  • Make direct contact with business sellers or their intermediaries
  • Access to all UK administrations, liquidations and winding-up petitions
  • Daily email alerts for the latest businesses for sale & distressed notifications
  • Business Sale Report publication posted to you every month
  • Advertise your acquisition requirements on our "business wanted" section

All this and much more, including the latest M&A news and exclusive resources