Magna Enters Into Agreement to Acquire Getrag


AURORA, Ontario – Magna International Inc. (TSX: MG, NYSE: MGA) today announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire the Getrag Group of Companies ("Getrag"), one of the world's largest suppliers of automotive transmissions.



Getrag has an 80-year history in transmissions and is a technology leader, offering a range of transmission systems which include manual, automated-manual, dual-clutch, hybrid and other advanced systems. We believe the architecture of Getrag's product line is well-positioned to support current and future automotive powertrain configurations. In particular, Getrag is a leader in the growing market for dual-clutch transmissions ("DCTs"), which is expected to be one of the highest growth segments globally over the next decade.



In addition to its wholly-owned operations, Getrag has significant joint-venture relationships with Ford, as well as Chinese auto makers Jiangling and Dongfeng. Other Getrag customers include BMW, Daimler, Renault, Volvo and Great Wall. Including joint-venture locations, Getrag has approximately 13,500 employees and operates 13 manufacturing and 10 engineering centres in nine countries in Europe, Asia and North America. Getrag's 2014 consolidated sales were approximately €1.7 billion, which excludes approximately €1.6 billion in sales generated in its non-consolidated joint-ventures.



Don Walker, Magna's Chief Executive Officer, commented: "As part of our ongoing product portfolio review, we have identified the expansion of our powertrain business as a strategic priority. Getrag is an excellent fit with this strategy. Getrag is a technology leader in a product area that we believe is well-positioned to benefit from industry trends that are driving increased vehicle fuel-efficiency and reduced emissions. Getrag's joint venture relationships also provide significant growth potential in China, the world's largest automotive market and the fastest growing market for DCTs. Lastly, Getrag has a highly capable and experienced workforce, including deep powertrain engineering expertise."



The purchase price for 100% of the equity of Getrag is approximately €1.75 billion. This represents an enterprise value of approximately €2.45 billion less proportionate net debt and proportionate pension liabilities, which together are estimated to be approximately €700 million at closing. The purchase price is subject to working capital and other customary purchase price adjustments.



The transaction is expected to close near the end of 2015, subject to a number of conditions including obtaining all necessary regulatory approvals.



We will hold a conference call for interested analysts and shareholders to review the acquisition on Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 8:30 a.m. EDT. The conference call will be chaired by Don Walker, Chief Executive Officer. The number to use for this call is 1-800-768-9481. The number for overseas callers is 1-416-981-9031. Please call in at least 10 minutes prior to the call. We will also webcast the conference call at www.magna.com. A slide presentation accompanying the conference call will be available on our website Thursday morning prior to the call.



For anyone unable to listen to the scheduled call, the rebroadcast numbers will be: North America 1-800-558-5253 and overseas 1-416-626-4100 (reservation number is 21772389) and will be available until Thursday, July 23, 2015.



For further information, please contact Vince Galifi, Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer, at 905-726-7100 or Louis Tonelli, Vice-President, Investor Relations, at 905-726-7035. For teleconferencing questions, please contact Nancy Hansford at 905-726-7108.



ABOUT MAGNA

We are a leading global automotive supplier with 316 manufacturing operations and 87 product development, engineering and sales centres in 29 countries. We have approximately 133,000 employees focused on delivering superior value to our customers through innovative processes and World Class Manufacturing. Our product capabilities include producing body, chassis, interior, exterior, seating, powertrain, electronic, vision, closure and roof systems and modules, as well as complete vehicle engineering and contract manufacturing. Our common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (MG) and the New York Stock Exchange (MGA). For further information about Magna, visit our website at www.magna.com.



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