Knorr-Bremse to pursue takeover without Haldex backing

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Reuters
June 30, 2017 13:37 CET

STOCKHOLM/MUNICH — German supplier Knorr-Bremse says it will continue its pursuit of Haldex, despite the Swedish company’s management withdrawing its support for a takeover because of expected regulatory opposition to a deal.

“Based on the feedback from the Competition Authority the Haldex board considers the probability of regulatory approval so low that the board has decided not to assist Knorr-Bremse in the continued competition investigations,” Haldex said in a statement.

Knorr-Bremse on Friday said it had taken note of the Haldex statement. “The Haldex statement is a surprise. Our view of the planned acquisition is unchanged. We will continue to pursue it.”

On Thursday, Knorr-Bremse said it would apply for an extension of its takeover offer for Haldex after the European Commission indicated it was likely to launch an in-depth review of the deal.

Knorr-Bremse in September made a 4.86 billion Swedish crown ($ 575 million) all-cash bid for its Swedish brake systems rival, trumping an offer from Germany’s ZF.

ZF on Friday reiterated it had walked away from a bidding war, even as it remains a large shareholder in Haldex having amassed a 20 percent stake.

“We have taken note of the situation and are assessing it. We said last year we have ended the bidding process. There is no change to this strategy,” a ZF spokesman said, adding that ZF would continue to act as a “responsible shareholder.”

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