Icahn Enterprises L.P. Announces Definitive Agreement To Sell Federal-Mogul LLCGuest Post
NEW YORK, April 10, 2018 — Icahn Enterprises L.P. (NASDAQ: IEP) (“Icahn Enterprises”) today announced entrance into a definitive agreement to sell its indirect wholly owned subsidiary Federal-Mogul LLC (“Federal-Mogul”) to Tenneco Inc. (NYSE: TEN) (“Tenneco”) for $5.4 billion, comprised of $800 million in cash and 29.5 million shares of Tenneco common stock, of which 23.8 million shares will be non-voting shares that will convert to voting shares if and when sold. There will be restrictions on how much Tenneco stock can be sold within the first 150 days after the closing. Under the agreement, Tenneco can reduce the amount of non-voting common stock by up to 7.3 million shares and increase the cash consideration proportionately at the closing. The voting and non-voting shares of Tenneco common stock will have the same economic value. Tenneco will also assume all debt of Federal-Mogul.
In connection with the sale, Tenneco announced its intention to separate the combined businesses into two independent, publicly traded companies through a tax-free spin-off to its stockholders that will establish an aftermarket & ride performance company and a powertrain technology company.
The sale is expected to close in the second half of 2018, subject to regulatory approvals, approval by Tenneco stockholders and other customary closing conditions, with the separation anticipated to occur in the second half of 2019. The sale is not subject to any financing condition.
Carl C. Icahn, Chairman of Icahn Enterprises, stated: “Icahn Enterprises acquired majority control of Federal-Mogul in 2008 when we saw an out-of-favor market opportunity for a great company. During that time, we have built one of the leading global suppliers of automotive products. I am very proud of the business we have built at Federal-Mogul and agree with Tenneco regarding the tremendous value in the business combination and separation into two companies. We expect to be meaningful stockholders of Tenneco going forward and are excited about the prospects for additional value creation. This transaction is an excellent example of our general modus operandi at Icahn Enterprises, by which we seek to acquire undervalued assets, nurture, guide and improve their condition and operations, and ultimately develop them into more valuable businesses, which greatly enhances value for all shareholders.”
Brian Kesseler, CEO of Tenneco, stated: “This is a landmark day for Tenneco with an acquisition that will transform the company by creating two strong leading global companies, each in an excellent position to capture opportunities unique to their respective markets. Federal-Mogul brings strong brands, products and capabilities that are complementary to Tenneco’s portfolio and in line with our successful growth strategies. Unleashing two new product-focused companies with even stronger portfolios will allow them to move faster in executing on their specific growth priorities.”
XMS Capital Partners is acting as exclusive financial advisor and Winston & Strawn LLP is acting as legal counsel for Icahn Enterprises and Federal-Mogul in connection with the sale.
About Icahn Enterprises L.P.
Icahn Enterprises, a master limited partnership, is a diversified holding company engaged in ten primary business segments: Investment, Automotive, Energy, Railcar, Gaming, Metals, Mining, Food Packaging, Real Estate and Home Fashion.
Federal-Mogul, with revenue of $7.4 billion, operates two independent divisions with its headquarters in Southfield, Michigan and nearly 55,000 employees worldwide. Federal-Mogul Powertrain designs and manufactures original equipment powertrain components and systems protection products for automotive, heavy-duty, industrial and transport applications. Federal-Mogul Motorparts sells and distributes a broad portfolio of products under many of the most recognized brands in the global vehicle aftermarket, while also serving original equipment vehicle manufacturers with products including braking, wipers and a range of chassis components. The company’s aftermarket brands include ANCO®, Beck/Arnley®, BERU®*, Champion®, Interfil®, AE®, Fel-Pro®, FP Diesel®, Goetze®, Glyco®, National®, Nüral®, Payen®, Sealed Power® and Speed-Pro® engine products; MOOG®; and Abex®, Ferodo®, Jurid® and Wagner® brake products and lighting.
Tenneco is a $9.3 billion global manufacturing company with headquarters in Lake Forest, Illinois and approximately 32,000 employees worldwide. Tenneco is one of the world’s largest designers, manufacturers and marketers of ride performance and clean air products and systems for automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment markets and the aftermarket. Tenneco’s principal brand names are Monroe®, Walker®, XNOx™ and Clevite®Elastomer.
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