Breaking news: Garmin announces intention to buy Tele Atlas

Garmin CEO Min Kao
Garmin CEO Min Kao
In a press release this morning Garmin said:
"Early this morning we announced our intention to make an offer to acquire all the outstanding shares in Tele Atlas N.V. Garmin has established itself as a leader in navigation technology by consistently delivering award-winning, reliable, easy to use products with rich content and competitive features at attractive prices. This acquisition is consistent with our vision as a leader in our market and our vertical integration strategy. Advanced mapping data is an essential ingredient for the continued growth of the navigation industry and this acquisition provides a means for Garmin to contribute more broadly to the development and growth of this market. We will discuss this important announcement more fully on our earnings call this morning."

Garmin notified the supervisory and managing boards of Tele Atlas today of its intention to make a public offer for all the outstanding shares of Tele Atlas N.V. on a fully diluted basis at an indicative offer price of €24.50 in cash per share, implying an equity value for the Company of €2.3 billion. The intended Offer will be subject to customary conditions, such as receipt of the requisite antitrust approvals and tender of at least 66.67% of the issued share capital. In addition to its cash balance in excess of $1 billion, Garmin has secured financing commitments sufficient for the intended Offer. Garmin plans to launch the offer before December 4, 2007 (the scheduled expiry date of TomTom's offer).

Wednesday, October 31st 2007

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