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Pirelli to be bought by ChemChina in $7.7 billion deal

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  1. RobStark

    RobStark Active Member

    Jul 2, 2013
    Los Angeles
    MILAN (Reuters) -- China National Chemical Corp. (ChemChina) will buy Pirelli, the world's fifth-largest tire maker, in a 7.1 billion euro ($7.7 billion) deal that will place one of the symbols of Italy's manufacturing industry in Chinese hands.

    The deal will give state-owned ChemChina, led by acquisitive chairman Ren Jianxin, access to technology to make premium tires, which can be sold at higher margins, and give the Italian firm a boost in the huge Chinese market.

    In turn Pirelli, whose tires equip cars in Formula One motor racing, would have more bandwidth to compete against larger rivals such as Michelin and Continental which are looking for growth in Asia.

    The deal was agreed with Pirelli shareholders on Sunday. ChemChina agreed to pay 15 euros a share for the 26.2 percent of Pirelli owned by Cam Finanziaria, or Camfin, the companies said in a statement. ChemChina will then make a public tender offer for the rest of the tiremaker at the same price. The bid price, which values Pirelli at about 7.1 billion euros, is below Friday's closing price of 15.23 euros.


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