China National Chemical Corporation (ChemChina) through its wholly owned subsidiary China National Tire & Rubber Co. (CNRC) signed with Camfin S.p.A. (CF) and its shareholders the agreement with respect to the purchase at €15 per share of stake representing 26.2% of the share capital held by Camfin in Pirelli listed on Milan Stock Exchange, and the joint tender offer by ChemChina, CF and other investors on the remaining stake following the completion of the purchase.
The transaction is subject to approvals by the competent Chinese and foreign governmental authorities.
As the fifth largest global tire manufacturer, Pirelli enjoys a history of more than 140 years in tire R&D and manufacturing, with sales revenue exceeding €6 bln and a sales network covering more than 160 countries and regions. It ranks first in the premium tire segment worldwide, and is currently the sole tire supplier to Formula 1.
CNRC is a domestic industrial leader in the manufacturing of all steel radial tires and off-the-road tires, and the largest producer of auto brake hose and high strength conveyor belt in China, with export markets in more than 140 countries and regions.
The acquisition will create long term industrial value in the tire sector, strengthen Pirelli's development plans, reinforce the coverage of strategic geographical areas, and through integration, enable the company to double its volumes in the industrial tire business.
Mr. Marco Tronchetti Provera, Chairman and CEO of Pirelli, stated that "the partnership with a global player like ChemChina, through its affiliates, represents a great opportunity for Pirelli. CNRC’s approach to business and strategic vision guarantee Pirelli’s development and stability". Mr. Jianxin Ren, Chairman of ChemChina, was also full of expectation for the partnership, "we are delighted with the opportunity to team up with Mr. Marco Tronchetti Provera and his team to continue to build together a world class organization and a market leader in the global tire industry