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Lear To Acquire Automotive Leather Business

Company signs definitive agreement to acquire Eagle Ottawa, the world’s largest supplier of automotive leather.

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SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Lear Corp., a leading global supplier of automotive seating and electrical distribution systems, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Eagle Ottawa.
 
Eagle Ottawa is the world’s largest supplier of automotive leather with a 150-year history and stable private ownership for nearly 50 years. The company has an experienced management team, modern facilities, a low-cost footprint, diversified customers and a reputation for superior quality, product innovation and craftsmanship, according to Lear.
 
Eagle Ottawa will complement Lear’s leading position in luxury and performance automotive seating. The transaction is valued at $850 million on a cash and debt-free basis. Lear says it intends to fund the transaction through a combination of cash on hand and debt. The closing of the transaction is expected to occur in the first quarter of 2015 subject to customary conditions, including regulatory approvals.  
 
"The acquisition of Eagle Ottawa is another important step in strengthening our core seating business, expanding our component capabilities and accelerating profitable sales growth," said Matt Simoncini, Lear’s president and CEO. "This transaction will further enhance Lear’s position as a global leader in automotive seating and will create significant value for our shareholders. Eagle Ottawa adds global leather design and development resources as well as technical expertise to our existing surface materials capabilities. Eagle Ottawa will also enhance the level of craftsmanship and design options that we are able to provide to our customers and increase opportunities for sales growth and diversification."
 
Eagle Ottawa is the largest global supplier of automotive leather, with annual sales of approximately $1 billion. The company has a balanced geographic customer mix, with an industry-leading position in North America and Asia and also a top supplier position in Europe. Eagle Ottawa has strong relationships with virtually all of the major global automakers, including BMW, Daimler, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, Renault/Nissan and Toyota.

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