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Sunday, 10 July 2011
Electrolux today signed a purchase agreement with Paradise Capital to acquire its 52% controlling interest in the leading Egyptian major appliances manufacturer, Olympic Group Financial Investment Company S.A.E (Olympic Group). Electrolux intends to acquire all the shares in Olympic Group through a Mandatory Tender Offer.
Electrolux will launch a Mandatory Tender Offer to purchase all the shares in Olympic Group at a price of
40.60 Egyptian pounds (EGP) per share and has signed an agreement with Paradise Capital to acquire its 52% controlling interest. The Mandatory Tender Offer is expected to be finalized at the end of July beginning of August 2011 and the results for Olympic Group are expected to be consolidated in the Electrolux Group during the third quarter of 2011. The Olympic Group share is listed on the Egyptian Stock Exchange. The plan is to delist the company going forward.
Upon completion of the Mandatory Tender Offer, Electrolux has agreed to sell Olympic Group’s ownership in its two associated companies Namaa and B-Tech to Paradise Capital. Both companies are listed on the Egyptian Stock Exchange. The agreed value of the shares in these two companies totals approximately EGP 450 million (SEK 470m). Based on the above transactions, the total equity value of Olympic Group’s operations excluding Namaa and B-Tech will be approximately EGP 2.0 billion (SEK 2.1bn). Olympic Group has a net debt including minority interests of approximately EGP 740 million (SEK 780m), which will be included in the transaction.

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To continue to benefit from the expertise of Paradise Capital, Electrolux will enter into a seven-year management agreement to ensure continued technical and management support to Olympic Group against a yearly fee of 2.5% of Olympic Group’s net sales.
Olympic Group has 7,300 employees and manufactures washing machines, refrigerators, cookers and water heaters. In 2010, Olympic Group’s operations, excluding Namaa and B-Tech, had sales of approximately EGP 2.3 billion (SEK 2.5bn) and a recurring operating income of approximately EGP 265 million (SEK 280m), corresponding to a margin of 11%, and a net profit of approximately EGP 190 million (SEK 200m). Olympic Group is a leading manufacturer of appliances in the Middle East with a volume market share in Egypt of approximately 30%. Electrolux and Olympic Group have developed a successful commercial partnership in the region over a period of almost 30 years, which today covers technology, supply of components, distribution and brand licensing.

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