Cummins to acquire Meritor in $3.7 billion deal

In News3 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineFebruary 25, 2022

Cummins has announced it will acquire Meritor, a specialist in drivetrain, mobility, braking, aftermarket and electric powertrain solutions for commercial vehicle and industrial markets.

Under the terms of the agreement, Cummins will pay $36.50 in cash per Meritor share, for a total transaction value of approximately $3.7 billion, including assumed debt and net of acquired cash.

Tom Linebarger, chairman and CEO at Cummins said the acquisition of Meritor is an important milestone for Cummins.

“Meritor is an industry leader, and the addition of their complementary strengths will help us address one of the most critical technology challenges of our age: developing economically viable zero carbon solutions for commercial and industrial applications,” he said.

“Climate change is the existential crisis of our time, and this acquisition accelerates our ability to address it. Our customers need economically viable decarbonised solutions.”

Linebarger said: “In addition, our communities and our planet depend on companies like Cummins to invest in and develop these solutions.

“This acquisition adds products to our components business that are independent of powertrain technology, and by leveraging our global footprint we expect to accelerate the growth in Meritor’s core axle and brake businesses” he said.

“There is also a compelling financial case for this acquisition, with significant synergies expected in SG&A, supply chain operations and facilities optimization.”

Chris Villavarayan, CEO and president of Meritor said the agreement with Cummins builds on Meritor’s track-record of performance and service.

“Our offerings will continue to play an important, strategic role as commercial vehicles transform to become electric and autonomous,” he said.

“At closing, Meritor shareholders will receive immediate value at a compelling 48% premium to the Meritor trading price, and customers will benefit from enhanced capabilities in technology and the ability to accelerate investment in axle and brake development and EV adoption,” Villavarayan said.

“Our global team members and their commitment to excellence helped make this transaction possible and will fuel our innovations as we embark on this next chapter in our longstanding legacy.”

Meritor has a legacy dating back more than 110 years. The company, which is headquartered in Troy, MI, has more than 9600 employees serving commercial truck, trailer, off-highway, defense, specialty and aftermarket customers around the world.

The acquisition of Meritor is expected to be immediately accretive to Cummins’ adjusted EPS and is expected to generate annual pre-tax run-rate synergies of approximately $130 million by year three after closing. Cummins intends to finance the transaction using a combination of cash on the company’s balance sheet and debt and remains committed to maintaining its strong credit ratings.