Continental rejects Schaeffler’s takeover bid

Continental rejects Schaeffler’s takeover bid

On July 16th, the Schaeffler Group informed Continental of its decision to make a cash offer of €69.37 per share to acquire the company.

According to Continental, Schaeffler is taking advantage of the current challenging equity market environment to avoid paying an appropriate premium to acquire control over a strongly positioned technology company.

Continental claims that Schaeffler secured access to 36% of the outstanding capital of Continental in an unlawful manner – with the help of derivative positions and collaborating banks. This would result in a comfortable voting majority at the shareholders meeting and may even lead to a qualified voting majority.

WhileSchaeffler publicly declared its intention to achieve a minority position and leave the sound structure of Continental unchanged, Continental was willing to support a financial investment of 20% in the company.

However, when Schaeffler insisted on a controlling stake of more than 30%, Continental decided that such a deal would benefit Schaeffler but not Continental or its shareholders.

It's only a year ago that Continental made the biggest purchase in company history with the €11.4 billion acquisition of Siemens VDO Automotive -a move that shunted Continental into the Top 5 companies in this industry worldwide.

Contrary to Schaeffler's proposal, Continental believes it would be better off in the long run as a standalone company in its current form.

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