Nidec Corporation (TSE: 6594; OTC US: NJDCY) (the “Company” or “Nidec”) announced today that two Nidec subsidiaries, Nidec Europe B.V. and Nidec Americas Holding Corporation will sell Nidec’s entire compressor business, Secop, to ESSVP IV L.P., ESSVP IV (Structured) L.P., and Silenos GmbH & Co. KG (collectively “ESSVP IV”), advised by Orlando Management AG (“the Transaction”).
This Transaction is made following Nidec’s commitment to the European Commission to sell certain of its compressor business lines to a suitable purchaser as condition for the European Commission’s approval of Nidec’s acquisition of Embraco from Whirlpool Corporation, which was obtained on April 12, 2019.
The current Transaction is subject to regulatory approvals in Germany, Austria and Spain, as well as the approval of the European Commission. To this end, Nidec has filed with the European Commission its reasoned proposal of ESSVP IV as a suitable purchaser, together with a copy of the Transaction documents, including the Share Purchase Agreement. In addition, in advance of the signing, several communications and meetings have taken place between ESSVP IV’s advisor Orlando and the European Commission as well as the Monitoring Trustee to discuss the approval.
Nidec was established in Kyoto, Japan in 1973 by its Chairman and CEO Shigenobu Nagamori. In 1979, Nidec became the first company in the world to successfully commercialize a direct drive spindle motor for HDDs based on a brushless DC motor. Since then, the company has grown into a world-leading comprehensive motor manufacturer encompassing more than 300 subsidiaries employing over 100,000 people throughout the world and with annual sales exceeding $13B. Nidec's motors, drives, generators and related products are found in a diverse range of applications including computers, smartphones, home appliances, automobiles, manufacturing plants, robots and more.