Samsung Acquires Harman

Samsung and Harman International announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Samsung will acquire Harman for $112.00 per share in cash, or total equity value, of approximately $8 billion.

Upon closing, the transaction will immediately give Samsung a significant presence into the rapidly growing market for connected technologies; particularly automotive electronics, which has been a strategic priority for Samsung, and is expected to grow to more than $100 billion by 2025. Harman is the market leader in connected car solutions, with more than 30 million vehicles currently equipped with its connected car and audio systems, including embedded infotainment, telematics, connected safety and security. Approximately 65 percent of Harman's $7 billion of reported sales during the last 12 months are automotive-related.

Harman's experience designing and integrating sophisticated in-vehicle technologies — as well as its long-term relationships with most of the world's largest automakers — will create significant growth opportunities for the combined business by enabling it to leverage Samsung's expertise in connected mobility, semiconductors, user experience, displays and its global distribution channels. In addition, the combination of Harman's brands and audio capabilities and Samsung's expertise in consumer electronics will deliver enhanced customer benefits and elevate user experiences across Samsung's complete portfolio of consumer and professional products and systems.

"Harman perfectly complements Samsung in terms of technologies, products and solutions; joining forces is a natural extension of the automotive strategy we have been pursuing for some time," said Oh-Hyun Kwon, vice chairman and CEO of Samsung Electronics. "As a Tier 1 automotive supplier with deep customer relationships, strong brands, leading technology, and a recognized portfolio of best-in-class products, Harman immediately establishes a strong foundation for Samsung to grow our automotive platform. [Harman chairman, president and CEO] Dinesh Paliwal is a proven global leader and, in our extensive discussions, we have developed deep respect for him, his strong senior leadership team, and Harman's talented employees. Harman's sustained track record of rapid growth fueled by technology leadership and an unmatched automotive order pipeline reflects its commitment to innovation and customers."

"This compelling all-cash transaction will deliver significant and immediate value to our shareholders and provide new opportunities for our employees as part of a larger, more diversified company," Paliwal said.;