SMP To Acquire European Supplier Nissens Automotive

SMP to Acquire European Supplier Nissens Automotive

The transaction is expected to be complete in the second half of 2024.

Standard Motor Products, Inc. (SMP) announced it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire AX V Nissens III APS (Nissens), a European manufacturer and distributor of aftermarket engine cooling and air conditioning products with a growing array of vehicle control technologies. The transaction values Nissens at approximately $388 million and is expected to be completed in the second half of 2024.

“We are delighted to announce this acquisition, which will make our combined business the aftermarket leader in North America and Europe in thermal management products,” said Eric Sills, Standard Motor Products’ chairman and CEO. “It will also expand SMP’s portfolio of powertrain-neutral product categories. We plan to continue operating Nissens as a stand-alone unit, while leveraging the combined strength of the two companies to realize both cost and revenue synergies.”

In a news release announcing the acquisition, Sills added, “We believe the combination with SMP is a powerful one. Both companies have a similar go-to-market strategy of supplying full-line professional grade product offerings, and enjoy complementary product portfolios. Meanwhile, the two companies largely operate in different geographic markets. As such, we believe that we are stronger together, capitalizing on synergies in both markets and strengthening our position in each. Together, we can accelerate growth through cross-selling our product offerings, realize cost reduction through combined resources, and achieve enhanced operational excellence though collaboration and best practices.”

“We are very excited to have SMP as our new owner”, said Klavs Pedersen, Nissens’ chief executive officer. “We have been following SMP’s activities in the US, and we see a lot of similarities in the way SMP and Nissens operate in their respective focus regions. I have personally known the SMP management team for several years, and I believe there is a very strong cultural fit that will support and accelerate the positive development of both companies. We look forward to becoming part of the SMP family.”

The transaction is subject to certain closing conditions, including receipt of applicable antitrust and other regulatory approvals.

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