Cooper Sells Automotive Unit
Cooper Tire & Rubber has announced that it will sell its automotive business, Cooper-Standard Automotive, to an entity formed by The Cypress Group and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners for approximately $1.165 billion in cash. The transaction, which is subject to certain post-closing adjustments, is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2004.
Cooper-Standard Automotive, which had revenue of approximately $1.6 billion in 2003, is a manufacturer of fluid handling systems, body sealing systems, and active and passive vibration control systems, primarily for automotive original equipment manufacturers.
Thomas Dattilo, chairman, president, and CEO of Cooper Tire & Rubber said: “We are pleased with the transaction terms reached with Cypress and Goldman. We look forward to pursuing growth opportunities in our tyre business. We believe that after the transaction is completed Cooper-Standard Automotive will be well-positioned for continued strong growth under its new ownership.” Proceeds from the sale are expected to be used for debt reduction, further investment in operations and in repurchasing shares.