Lear To Acquire Connected Car Software Provider, Xevo

Lear To Acquire Connected Car Software Provider, Xevo

Xevo's technology is currently available in more than 25 million vehicles located primarily in the U.S., with significant opportunity for expansion not only in North America, but also in Asia and Europe, according to Lear.

Lear Corp., a global automotive technology provider in seating and electrical and electronic systems, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Seattle-based Xevo Inc., an automotive software supplier that develops solutions for cloud, car and mobile devices. 

Xevo’s Journeyware suite of products combines a user-friendly interface with a cloud-based framework that allows drivers to interact with in-car content and mobile applications utilizing real-time data. Xevo Market, an automotive commerce and services platform, connects consumers with popular food, fuel, parking, hotel and retail brands through in-vehicle touchscreens and OEM-branded mobile applications. 

“The acquisition of Xevo broadens Lear’s connectivity portfolio, bringing together Xevo’s leading e-commerce vehicle platform technology with Lear’s expertise in electronic systems,” said John Absmeier, Lear’s chief technology officer. “Xevo’s user interface establishes a connected marketplace for consumers in their vehicles, unlocking previously unrealized value from vehicle data and opening up new revenue streams.”

Xevo’s technology is currently available in more than 25 million vehicles located primarily in the U.S., with significant opportunity for expansion not only in North America, but also in Asia and Europe, according to Lear.

According to Dan Gittleman, Xevo’s CEO, with Lear’s reach, Xevo will be able to scale its technology and business model to a global customer base.

Lear will acquire all the outstanding shares of Xevo for $320 million. The transaction, which is subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions and adjustments, is expected to close in the second quarter of 2019. Lear intends to fund the transaction through a debt financing.

“With the acquisition of Xevo, Lear advances its leadership position in the global trends reshaping the automotive industry,” said Ray Scott, Lear’s CEO. “This transaction is consistent with our stated capital allocation strategy. It allows us to enhance our capabilities in software, services, and data analytics and strengthen our market position in connectivity. Xevo’s world-class team will bring an invaluable pool of experience and expertise to our organization, and I am delighted to welcome them to the Lear family.”

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