Daily News: September 8, 2014

Deutsche, SEB Arrange Funding to Support GE Appliances Buy

AB Electrolux announced it entered into an agreement to acquire the appliances business of General Electric for a cash consideration of $3.3 billion. The acquisition enhances Electrolux’s position as a global player in home appliances, offering an unparalleled opportunity to invest in innovation and growth, which will benefit consumers, retailers, employees and shareholders.

The acquisition of GE Appliances will be funded by a committed bridge facility arranged by Deutsche Bank AG and SEB AB. The bridge facility is planned to gradually be replaced by capital market and bank financing (approximately 75%) and a rights issue (approximately 25%). Completion of the acquisition is mainly subject to regulatory approvals.

Jeff Immelt, chairman and CEO of GE, said, “Electrolux is the right global business for our customers, consumers and employees. GE Appliances’ people, valuable home appliances brand, products, distribution, and service capabilities make it a perfect fit with Electrolux and its goal of accelerating growth in the U.S.”

“This is an historic moment and important strategic move for the Electrolux Group, which takes our company to a new level in terms of global reach and market coverage. GE’s premium, high-quality appliances complement our own iconic brands and will enhance our presence in North America” said Keith McLoughlin, president and CEO of Electrolux. “The acquisition, which is our largest ever, strengthens our commitment to the appliance business and also provides Electrolux with the scale and opportunity to accelerate our investments in innovation and global growth.”

Louisville, KY-based GE Appliances generates more than 90% of its revenue in North America. GE Appliances’ product portfolio includes refrigerators, freezers, cooking products, dishwashers, washers, dryers, air conditioners, water filtration systems and water heaters.