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Samsung Acquires Harman for $8 Billion

Samsung Acquires Harman for $8 Billion

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Samsung Electronics and Harman International Industries announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Samsung will acquire HARMAN for $112.00 per share in cash, or total equity value of approximately $8.0 billion.

Upon closing, the transaction will immediately give Samsung a significant presence in the large and rapidly growing market for connected technologies, particularly automotive electronics, which has been a strategic priority for Samsung, and is expected to grow to more than $100 billion by 2025. HARMAN is the market leader in connected car solutions, with more than 30 million vehicles currently equipped with its connected car and audio systems, including embedded infotainment, telematics, connected safety and security. Approximately 65% of HARMAN’s $7.0 billion of reported sales during the 12 months ended September 30, 2016 are automotive-related, and its order backlog for this market at June 30, 2016 was approximately $24 billion.

Samsung says the combination of HARMAN’s brands and audio capabilities and Samsung’s expertise in consumer electronics will deliver enhanced customer benefits and elevate user experiences across Samsung’s complete portfolio of consumer and professional products and systems.

“HARMAN perfectly complements Samsung in terms of technologies, products and solutions, and joining forces is a natural extension of the automotive strategy we have been pursuing for some time,” said Oh-Hyun Kwon, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Samsung Electronics. “As a Tier 1 automotive supplier with deep customer relationships, strong brands, leading technology and a recognized portfolio of best-in-class products, HARMAN immediately establishes a strong foundation for Samsung to grow our automotive platform. Dinesh Paliwal is a proven global leader and, in our extensive discussions, we have developed deep respect for him, his strong senior leadership team and HARMAN’s talented employees. HARMAN’s sustained track record of rapid growth fueled by technology leadership and an unmatched automotive order pipeline reflects its commitment to innovation and customers.”

“The vehicle of tomorrow will be transformed by smart technology and connectivity in the same way that simple feature phones have become sophisticated smart devices over the past decade,” added Young Sohn, President and Chief Strategy Officer of Samsung Electronics. “We see substantial long-term growth opportunities in the auto technology market as demand for Samsung’s specialized electronic components and solutions continues to grow. Working together, we are confident that HARMAN can become a new kind of Tier 1 provider to the OEMs by delivering end-to-end solutions across the connected ecosystem.”

On November 14, Samsung and HARMAN will host a webcast presentation to discuss the transaction at 8:00 am EST/10:00 pm KST. Links to the webcast and accompanying documents will be available on Samsung’s Investor Relations website and HARMAN’s Investor Relations website

Samsung Acquires Harman for $8 Billion

bbbbdf - November 15, 2016 at 10:05pm
HARMAN made 7 billion a year and they sold for 8 billion? makes no sense to me, selling your company for what it makes a year.
Rain Man - November 14, 2016 at 11:59pm
Damn.... HK was a really good brand. Now it'll be cheap bs like every Samsung product.
FC - November 14, 2016 at 11:12pm
NOT Harman Kardon!!! Samsung Acquire HARMAN. These are two different companies
FCP - November 15, 2016 at 12:29am
Yes, Harman Kardon! From Harman website: Audiophiles from every generation call on HARMAN to deliver the best in sound in the studio and on the stage, at home and on the go. HARMAN’s portfolio of legendary audio brands includes AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson®and Revel®.
Ke.x - November 15, 2016 at 10:21am
You are dam right! They are different companies ㅎㅎㅎㅎㅎㅎ
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