CAYMAN ISLANDS, May 8 -- Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ:GRMN) announced today that it has signed a letter of intent for the proposed acquisition of GPS Gesellschaft fur Professionelle Satellitennavigation mbH ("GPS GmbH"), the exclusive distributor of Garmin's consumer products in Germany. The completion of the acquisition is subject to the negotiation and execution of a definitive acquisition agreement, the completion of legal and financial due diligence and customary closing conditions.
"The proposed acquisition of GPS GmbH is part of our strategic initiative to strengthen Garmin's presence in key European markets and to enhance our ability to support our key retailers and OEMs in these markets," said Dr. Min Kao, chairman and CEO of Garmin Ltd.
Dr. Axel Darr, managing director of GPS GmbH said, "We are very pleased to become part of the Garmin family and we look forward to representing Garmin even more successfully in our future role."
Financial terms of the proposed transaction were not released. Following the acquisition, GPS GmbH is expected to change its name to Garmin Deutschland GmbH. The company will retain its management, sales, marketing and supporting staff, consisting of approximately 60 people, and will continue operations at its current headquarters and warehouse facilities located close to Munich.
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Through its operating subsidiaries, Garmin Ltd. designs, manufactures, markets and sells navigation, communication and information devices and applications -- most of which are enabled by GPS technology. Garmin is a leader in the consumer and general aviation GPS markets and its products serve aviation, marine, outdoor recreation, automotive, wireless and OEM applications. Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in the Cayman Islands, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit Garmin's virtual pressroom at www.garmin.com/pressroom or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200.
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