Siemens and Alstom entered into Business Combination Agreement
Both Alstom and Siemens also announced today the proposed leadership for the future Board of Directors of Siemens Alstom. Siemens is proposing the nomination of Roland Busch, a member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG, to serve as Chairman of the combined entity's Board of Directors. This role would be in addition to Busch's duties at Siemens AG. Yann Delabriere, who is currently Lead Director of Alstom's Board would be appointed as Vice-chairman of the Board of Directors as independent director. It follows the announcement made on September 26, 2017 that Henri Poupart-Lafarge will continue to serve as CEO of the combined company as well as be a member of the Board of Directors. These nominations are subject to the approval of Alstom shareholders as well as completion of the deal itself following the approval by various authorities.
"With the signing of the BCA, we have reached an important milestone on the way to building a new leader capable of tackling the challenges of tomorrow's mobility. Both companies are working diligently and in a very good spirit to progress towards closing. These first nominations illustrate the companies' commitment to balance in the governance of the future company," said Henri Poupart-Lafarge, Chairman and CEO of Alstom.
"Roland Busch is the best person we could nominate for this important task," said Joe Kaeser, President and CEO of Siemens AG. "Not only is he an expert in global mobility of many years standing. As a member of the Atos Board of Directors, he has also gained valuable experience in the integration and management of German-French industrial collaborations. Precisely this consideration was of key importance to me in his nomination to this responsible position."
"Siemens Alstom has all the prerequisites for becoming a European success story", said Roland Busch. "I'm honored to take on this important role for a very attractive company in a growing market. I'm looking forward to becoming part of a strong team - and in particular to working together with Yann Delabriere and continuing the very solid and close collaboration with Henri Poupart-Lafarge."
"Yann Delabriere's nomination as Vice-chairman recognises his expertise and achievements as Lead Director of Alstom. His presence will ensure continuity and bring to the new group his extensive industrial and financial experiences," added Poupart-Lafarge.
"I'm very pleased to be taking part in this new chapter of Alstom's history. This is the birth of new champion, uniquely equipped to cater to the world's rapidly changing mobility needs. I look forward to working with such an experienced leadership team," said Yann Delabriere.
The Board of Directors of the combined company will consist of 11 members, six of whom - including the Chairman - are to be appointed by Siemens. Four independent members and the CEO will complete the Board.
Closing is expected at the end of calendar year 2018. The transaction is subject to the approval of Alstom shareholders at the company's Shareholders' Meeting, planned to be held in July 2018. The transaction is also subject to approval by relevant regulatory authorities, including foreign investment clearance by the French Ministry for the Economy and Finance and approval by anti-trust authorities as well as the confirmation by the French capital market authority (AMF) that no mandatory takeover offer has to be launched by Siemens following completion of the contribution. Siemens has already initiated the internal carve-out process of its mobility business and other related businesses in order to prepare for the combination with Alstom. The new group will be headquartered in Saint-Ouen, France, and continue to be listed on the Paris stock exchange. As part of this transaction, Siemens will receive newly issued shares in the combined company representing 50 percent of the share capital of Alstom on a fully diluted basis.About Alstom
As a promoter of sustainable mobility, Alstom develops and markets systems, equipment and services for the transport sector. Alstom offers a complete range of solutions (from high-speed trains to metros, tramways and e-buses), passenger solutions, customized services (maintenance, modernization), infrastructure, signaling and digital mobility solutions. Alstom is a world leader in integrated transport systems. The company recorded sales of €7.3 billion and booked €10.0 billion of orders in the 2016/17 fiscal year. Headquartered in France, Alstom is present in over 60 countries and employs 32,800 people. www.alstom.com
Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for 170 years. The company is active around the globe, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world's largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of efficient power generation and power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for industry. With its publicly listed subsidiary Siemens Healthineers AG, the company is also a leading provider of medical imaging equipment - such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems - and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT. In fiscal 2017, which ended on September 30, 2017, Siemens generated revenue of €83.0 billion and net income of €6.2 billion. At the end of September 2017, the company had around 377,000 employees worldwide. Further information is available on the Internet at www.siemens.com.
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This announcement includes statements related to future business and financial performance and future events or developments involving Siemens and Alstom that may constitute forward-looking statements, including but not limited to statements relating to Alstom's and Siemens's beliefs and expectations regarding the proposed combination of the Combined Business, benefits that would be afforded to customers, benefits to the Combined Business that are expected to be obtained as a result of the proposed combination and the relevant parties' ability to enhance shareholder value through, among other things, the delivery of cost savings and expected synergies. These statements are based on certain assumptions and reflect Alstom's and Siemens' current expectations. Any forward-looking statements made by or on behalf of Alstom or Siemens speak only as of the date they are made. Alstom and Siemens each disclaim any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.