Milestone for Transaction: TRW Automotive Stockholders Approve Acquisition by ZF Friedrichshafen

Nov 20, 2014, 06:00 ET from TRW Automotive Holdings Corp.

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany and LIVONIA, Mich., Nov. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- ZF Friedrichshafen AG ("ZF") and TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. (NYSE: TRW) today announced that they welcomed the decision by the stockholders of TRW to approve the acquisition of TRW by ZF. At a special meeting of TRW's stockholders held yesterday, stockholders representing 79% of TRW's shares outstanding voted in favor of adopting the proposed merger agreement. Overall, 81% of TRW's stockholders participated in the vote.

"The approval is a milestone in the acquisition process of TRW," said Stefan Sommer, Chief Executive Officer of ZF. "We are very glad that the TRW stockholders have supported our plans with such a clear majority. This adds to the positive feedback we have received from customers and employees of both companies."

John C. Plant, Chairman and CEO of TRW, said: "We are pleased that the TRW stockholders have approved the transaction, which provides significant benefits for our stockholders who will receive full and certain value for their shares, as well as for our employees, customers and communities, all of which will reap the benefits of being part of larger, more diversified organization that is well positioned to serve the automotive industry."

Under the terms of the merger agreement, ZF will acquire TRW in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately US$ 12.4 billion based on equity value. TRW stockholders will receive US$ 105.60 in cash for each share of TRW stock.

On November 14, 2014, ZF and TRW received notice from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States ("CFIUS") that CFIUS had concluded its review of the transaction and determined that there are no unresolved national security concerns with respect to the proposed acquisition by ZF of TRW.  The transaction remains subject to further customary closing conditions, including antitrust clearances. ZF and TRW continue to expect the transaction to be completed in the first half of calendar year 2015.

About ZF Friedrichshafen ZF is a global leader in driveline and chassis technology with 122 production companies in 26 countries. In 2013, the Group achieved a sales figure of €16.8 billion with approximately 72,600 employees. In order to continue to be successful with innovative products, ZF annually invests about 5% of its sales (2013: €836 million) in research and development. ZF is one of the ten largest automotive suppliers worldwide.

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About TRW With 2013 sales of $17.4 billion, TRW Automotive ranks among the world's leading automotive suppliers. Headquartered in Livonia, Michigan, USA, the Company, through its subsidiaries, operates in 24 countries and employs approximately 65,000 people worldwide.  TRW Automotive products include integrated vehicle control and driver assist systems, braking systems, steering systems, suspension systems, occupant safety systems (seat belts and airbags), electronics, engine components, fastening systems and aftermarket replacement parts and services.  All references to "TRW Automotive" or "TRW" in this press release refer to TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. and its subsidiaries, unless otherwise indicated. 

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