Navistar and Volkswagen Truck and Bus close strategic alliance


Navistar (Lisle, Illinois) announced the closing of its wide-ranging strategic alliance with Volkswagen Truck and Bus, which includes an equity investment in Navistar by Volkswagen Truck and Bus and framework agreements for a procurement joint venture and strategic technology and supply collaboration. The closing of the alliance follows receipt of all necessary regulatory approvals, finalization of agreements relating to the procurement joint venture and the technology and supply collaboration, and satisfaction of other customary closing conditions.

“This alliance with Volkswagen Truck & Bus marks a significant milestone in our company’s history, and we expect it will create multiple benefits for both companies in both the near and long term,” said Troy Clarke, chairman, president and CEO, Navistar. “Now that the transaction has closed, we will move quickly to collaborate with an industry-leading, strategic partner to increase our global scale, strengthen our competitiveness, and provide our customers with expanded access to cutting-edge products, technology and services.”

“The authorities have given our strategic alliance with Navistar the green light. Our newly-founded purchasing cooperation will begin work immediately. This puts both partners in a stronger position for the future. The strategic alliance provides Volkswagen Truck & Bus with access to the all-important North American market. This is a major step toward becoming a global champion,” said Andreas Renschler, CEO of Volkswagen Truck & Bus.

Equity Investment
With the closing of the alliance, Volkswagen Truck & Bus acquired approximately 16.2 million newly issued shares in Navistar, representing 16.6% of post-transaction undiluted common stock (or 19.9% of pre-transaction outstanding common stock), effective February 28, 2017. As a result, Navistar receives $256 million to be used for general corporate purposes.

As part of the alliance agreement and in line with Volkswagen Truck & Bus’s ownership stake, Mr. Renschler and Matthias Gründler, Chief Financial Officer of Volkswagen Truck & Bus, are joining Navistar’s board of directors.

“We are excited to welcome Andreas Renschler and Matthias Gründler to the Navistar Board, and are confident that we will benefit from their deep industry knowledge and fresh perspectives,” said Clarke. “Their expertise in commercial vehicle production will be invaluable as we strive to become the North American champion in our industry.”

Procurement Joint Venture
Global Truck & Bus Procurement LLC, the procurement joint venture created by Navistar and Volkswagen Truck & Bus, will start work effective immediately. As part of the alliance, it will create new opportunities for quality improvement and cost reduction, and will enable both companies to benefit from increased global scope and scale. The joint venture is operating out of Navistar’s headquarters in Lisle, Illinois, and comprises representatives from both companies who will be combining the demand of five brands, including Volkswagen Truck & Bus’s Scania, MAN and Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus, in addition to Navistar’s own International® and IC Bus™ brands.

Technology Sharing
The companies’ ongoing technology and supply collaboration, which operates out of Stockholm, Sweden, is intended to facilitate collaboration on several aspects of commercial vehicle development, including advanced powertrain technology solutions. Ultimately, it is expected to optimize research and development spend and expand the technology options both companies will be able to offer customers.

Navistar continues to expect significant synergies from both the strategic technology collaboration and the procurement joint venture. As previously announced, Navistar expects the alliance to be accretive beginning in the first year, and for cumulative synergies for Navistar to ramp up to at least $500 million over the first five years. By year five, it expects the alliance will generate annual synergies of at least $200 million for Navistar. This annual run rate is expected to grow materially thereafter as the companies continue to introduce technologies from the collaboration.

About Andreas Renschler
The Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG appointed Andreas Renschler as member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG with responsibility for Commercial Vehicles effective February 1, 2015.

Renschler was born on March 29, 1958 in Stuttgart, Germany. After completing his training as a banker (1979) and graduating with degrees in business engineering (1983) and business administration (1987), Renschler began his career at Daimler-Benz AG in 1988. Following various posts at Daimler-Benz AG, he took charge of the M Class unit, serving as President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz US. He returned to Germany in 1999 as Senior Vice President, Executive Management Development, at the company then known as DaimlerChrysler AG. Renschler was appointed President of smart GmbH in the same year. He was assigned to Mitsubishi Motors in Japan in spring 2004 and subsequently named member of the Daimler AG Board of Management with responsibility for the Daimler Trucks Division. He was appointed member of the Daimler AG Board of Management in charge of Manufacturing and Procurement at Mercedes-Benz Cars & Mercedes-Benz Vans in 2013.

About Matthias Gründler
Effective September 1, 2015, Matthias Gründler was appointed Member of the Board and CFO at Volkswagen Truck & Bus GmbH, Wolfsburg, Germany. Gründler was born September 16, 1965, in Stuttgart, Germany. He studied economics at the IFW in cooperation with the Daimler Academy. In 1986, he joined Daimler Benz AG in Stuttgart, Germany. He took up his first management position in 1993 in Supply Chain Management at DaimlerChrysler, followed by positions in Sales Planning and Controlling at Mercedes-Benz Passenger Cars. From 1999 to 2011, he held various senior positions in Africa and Asia, including CFO at DaimlerChrysler in Bangkok, Thailand, and CFO of Mercedes-Benz South Africa. In 2008 he became a Member of the Management Board at Mitsubishi Fuso in Tokyo, Japan. In 2011, Gründler was appointed Head of Procurement Trucks and Buses and Business Development Powertrain and later that year took up the position of Head of Product Platforms, Sales & Quality Powertrain. In 2012 he became CFO Daimler Trucks & Buses at Daimler AG and in 2013 was appointed Member of the Divisional Board Daimler Trucks & Buses and CFO Daimler Trucks & Buses.

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