Biznextindia : Suprajit has concluded the acquisition of Light Duty Cable (LDC) business unit from Kongsberg Automotive ASA. The LDC business unit of Kongsberg Automotive, supplying to automotive, non-automotive and 2-wheeler segments along with Electro-Mechanical Actuators (EMA) is now part of Suprajit Group. All the four LDC related entities are now 100% owned stepdown subsidiaries of Suprajit through Suprajit USA, Inc.
LDC consists of three manufacturing plants located at Matamoros – Mexico, Siofok – Hungary and Shanghai – China. It has a Tech Centre at Novi, Detroit (USA) and a distribution centre in Brownsville (USA). The transaction also involves the transfer of global sales and engineering expertise related to the LDC business located in US, Germany, France, , Sweden, and the UK, to Suprajit. The total employee strength of LDC is around 1300. The sales for the calendar year 2021 was US$ 85 million with operating EBITDA margin of about 8%. The Enterprise Value (EV) of the transaction is US$ 42 million. Suprajit expects the business to exceed US$ 100 million in the next couple of years with double digit EBITDA. Suprajit has used a portion of cash available with the Company and balance through debt to complete this transaction, leaving behind a significant cash surplus with the Company.
LDC has marquee global customers in the automotive, non-automotive and 2-wheeler businesses including Tesla, Fiat, Land Rover, Mercedes, Honda, STIHL, Shiroki, Adient, Husqvarna, Lear, Magna, etc. Suprajit’s annual global cable capacity will now exceed 400 million. Suprajit will also emerge as a global leader in the control cable business with a strong global footprint to serve any customer in all of these segments. LDC has a complimentary manufacturing footprint, customer base, product and technology.
Suprajit will also acquire the actuation technology through this transaction, making Electro-Magnetic Actuators (EMA), a new product segment for the group. This acquisition will bring much needed focus to the cable business for the LDC division. Suprajit is confident to grow this business profitably, complementing the strengths of both LDC and Suprajit.