Osram To Sell Stake in Chinese Foshan Electrical and Lighting Co
Osram agrees to sell financial investment for more than €350 million
– Positive pre-tax effect of about €300 million expected in fiscal 2016
– Net disposal proceeds to be used for further funding of worldwide pension liabilities
Osram’s transformation is making further progress: the company has agreed to sell its 13.5 percent stake in the Chinese company Foshan Electrical and Lighting Co., Ltd. (Felco) to a subsidiary of Guangdong Rising Assets Management Co., Ltd. With this move, Osram will dispose of a non-strategic investment. The agreed selling price is more than €350 million, which corresponds to a premium of more than 30 percent over the current share price. Osram expects to have a pre-tax gain of around €300 million from the transaction, which is expected to be booked in fiscal 2016. Osram will use the net disposal proceeds for the further worldwide funding of its funded pension commitments. “A funding status of almost 100 percent means that Osram occupies one of the top spots in Germany. It will result in a more powerful and more robust setup of the company” said Olaf Berlien, Chief Executive Officer of OSRAM Licht AG.
With the sale of its Felco stake, Osram is making another step within its transformation. The transaction is subject to approval by the relevant Chinese regulatory authority and is expected to close by the end of December 2015. Felco, which primarily manufactures and distributes lamps, is listed on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange in China. Guangdong Rising Assets Management Co., Ltd. reported revenue equivalent to more than €6 billion and total assets in excess of €15 billion in 2014.