Suppliers, Unite: BorgWarner to Buy Delphi Technologies

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems

This new era of electrification has caused many an automaker to eye a competitor’s business, and suppliers are no different. Announced Tuesday, BorgWarner has decided to buy Delphi Technologies, uniting the two businesses to better capture the growing market for hybrid and electric vehicles.

The powertrain giant pegs Delphi’s enterprise value at $3.3 billion, making this acquisition its largest to date.

Approved by the boards of both companies and expected to close in the latter half of this year, the deal aims to “strengthen BorgWarner’s power electronics products, capabilities and scale” and ensure the company’s presence in the internal combustion, hybrid, and EV market, BorgWarner said.

Delphi Technologies was cast off from Delphi Automotive, a former General Motors holding, back in 2017. Last year, BorgWarner and Delphi Technologies recorded $10.17 billion and $4.36 billion in net sales, respectively.

The acquisition works as follows: Delphi Technologies shareholders receive 0.4534 shares of BorgWarner common stock, resulting in BorgWarner owning 84 percent of the new combined entity.

“This exciting transaction represents the next step in BorgWarner’s balanced propulsion strategy, strengthening our position in electrified propulsion as well as our combustion, commercial vehicle and aftermarket businesses,” said BorgWarner CEO Frédéric Lissalde in a statement.

Synergies aren’t seen as a key driver in the deal; BorgWarner estimates it will see $125 million in cost savings by 2023. Both companies have existing cost-cutting plans in place.

Since taking the helm of the company in August 2018, Lissalde has moved quickly to position hsi business as a leader in electrified components, even signing off on a demonstration car (buggy, really) to showcase its wares.

“My goal is to accelerate the evolution of the company toward electrification and hybridization, but without forgetting that internal combustion will be around for a long time,” he told Automotive News Europe last November. “Our sector, propulsion, is offering so much opportunity for us that there’s no need to look elsewhere.”

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  • Schmitt trigger Schmitt trigger on Jan 28, 2020

    "Synergies aren’t seen as a key driver in the deal; BorgWarner estimates it will see $125 million in cost savings by 2023. Both companies have existing cost-cutting plans in place." Corporatespeak translation: Jobs will be eliminated.

  • Roader Roader on Jan 28, 2020

    "My goal is to accelerate the evolution of the company toward electrification and hybridization, but without forgetting that internal combustion will be around for a long time." Yep. Decades. Especially considering EV sales fell last year: "Despite the debut of 45 pure electric and plug-in hybrids in the United States last year, only 325,000 plug-in passenger vehicles were sold, down 6.8% from 349,000 in 2018, according to Edmunds. That is just 2% of the 17 million vehicles of all types sold in the United States in 2019..." "The financial damage from EV overreach could be severe. Global automakers will spend $225 billion on EV development between now and 2023, according to AlixPartners. But with overall auto sales falling in China, Europe and the United States, automakers face a “profit desert” for several years — or longer, if customers don’t come around." 'Los Angeles Times' Jan. 17, 2020

  • Analoggrotto Maybe Eminem will buy it.
  • Analoggrotto I did a dozen or so laps around Atlanta Motorsports Park for a charity once. Camber and toe on my car were horribly wrong and made the entire experience awful.
  • Tassos Jong-iL The Peninsula of One Korea.
  • Eric No, I just share my opinions. I have no use nor time for rhetoric from any side.
  • Redapple2 Jeez. This is simple. I 75 and 696 area. 1 nobody -NOBODY wants to work in downtown Detritus. 2 close to the tech ctr. Design and Engineering HQ. 20 miles closer to Milford.3 lower taxes for the employees. Lower taxes for Evil GM Vampire.4 2 major expressways give users more options to suburbs. Faster transport.Jeez.
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