Visteon Agrees to Sell Yanfeng Joint Ventures to Partner HASCO and Will Gain Control of Majority of Yanfeng Visteon's Automotive Electronics Business in Transactions Valued at $1.5 Billion

- Board of directors increases authorization of remaining share repurchase program to $1 billion over next two years

- Transactions align with Visteon's focus on core businesses

- Actions strengthen Visteon's global cockpit electronics business through enhanced relationship with longtime partner HASCO

Aug 13, 2013, 05:00 ET from Visteon Corporation

VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP, Mich., Aug. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Visteon Corporation (NYSE: VC) today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Huayu Automotive Systems Co., Ltd. (HASCO) to sell its 50 percent stake in Chinese joint venture Yanfeng Visteon Automotive Trim Systems Co., Ltd. (YFV), as well as its direct interests in other related interiors joint ventures, to HASCO. Additionally, Visteon and HASCO agreed to modify their existing electronics ventures in China such that Visteon will obtain control of the majority of Yanfeng Visteon Automotive Electronics Co., Ltd. (YFVE).


The collective transactions are valued at approximately $1.5 billion, with Visteon receiving $1.2 billion for the portfolio of non-electronics operations. Visteon's stake in YFVE will be valued at approximately $300 million. The transactions, which are subject to customary government and regulatory approvals, are expected to be completed in multiple stages and substantially completed by June 2015. Visteon expects to receive 90 percent of the proceeds at or near initial closing.  

"These transactions support our focus on our core climate and electronics businesses and will bring significant benefits to Visteon, our customers and our shareholders," said Timothy D. Leuliette, president and CEO of Visteon. "Selling the non-controlled YFV interiors business will generate significant cash that will allow us to return approximately $1.2 billion in value to our shareholders through our share repurchase program from November 2012 through December 2015.

"Furthermore, these transactions will strengthen our global electronics position by consolidating the majority of YFVE and its high-growth customer order book," Leuliette said. "We have enjoyed a strong relationship with HASCO through our YFV joint venture, and are pleased to continue this relationship in strategic core products within the fast-growing vehicle cockpit electronics market."

Visteon will receive cash payments of approximately $1.25 billion for the sale of its interests in YFV and other related interiors joint ventures, and will pay approximately $70 million to gain control of the majority of YFVE. Approximately $1.1 billion of the cash proceeds will be received at or around completion of the initial transactions, which is expected to occur before Dec. 31, 2013, subject to required approvals. The vast majority of the remainder of the cash proceeds will be received by June 2015.



Cash Transaction Proceeds

(Dollars in Millions)

Value of YFV 50% Stake


Direct Stakes in Other Interiors JVs


Dividends from Other Interiors JVs


       Gross Proceeds


Cash Distribution*


       Gross Proceeds w/ Distribution


Payment to Gain YFVE Consolidation


       Net Cash Proceeds


*Actual distribution could vary between $184 million and $211 million due to the proration of certain distributions which depend on the closing date of the transaction.


In conjunction with the transaction, Visteon's board of directors raised the authorization of Visteon's remaining share repurchase program to $1 billion over the next two years, increasing by $875 million the existing repurchase program. Including repurchases since November 2012, this would increase Visteon's total completed authorized share repurchases to $1.175 billion.

The transactions support Visteon's concentration on its core growth businesses – Halla Visteon Climate Control Corp., of which Visteon owns 70 percent, and Visteon Electronics – both of which are industry leaders exhibiting higher-than-segment growth.

The YFV joint venture had 2012 revenue of approximately $7.2 billion USD. YFV was established in 1994 between Ford and Shanghai Automotive Industrial Company (SAIC). Ford transferred the equity to Visteon in 2000 when Visteon became an independent company. SAIC transferred the equity to HASCO as part of a public listing in 2009. YFVE was formed in 1994 as a joint venture of Ford and Shanghai Auto Instrumentation Co., and integrated into YFV in 2002.

Advising Visteon on the transaction were Rothschild Inc.; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP; and Goldman Sachs Co.

About Visteon

Visteon is a leading global automotive supplier delivering value for vehicle manufacturers and shareholders through a family of businesses including:

  • Halla Visteon Climate Control, majority-owned by Visteon and the world's second-largest global supplier of automotive climate components and systems.
  • Visteon Electronics, a leading supplier of audio and infotainment, driver information, center stack electronics and feature control modules.
  • Visteon Interiors, a global provider of vehicle cockpit modules, instrument panels, consoles and door trim modules.
  • Yanfeng Visteon Automotive Trim Systems Co., Ltd., a successful non-consolidated China-based partnership between Visteon and Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation's automotive components group, Huayu Automotive Systems.

Through this family of enterprises, Visteon designs, engineers and manufactures innovative components and systems for virtually every vehicle manufacturer worldwide, and these businesses generated $13.8 billion in sales in 2012, including non-consolidated operations. With corporate offices in Van Buren Township, Mich. (U.S.); Shanghai, China; and Chelmsford, UK; Visteon has facilities in 29 countries and employs through its various businesses, including non-consolidated operations, approximately 55,000 people. Learn more at

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