Tognum accepts takeover offer from Daimler and Rolls-Royce

Tognum accepts takeover offer from Daimler and Rolls-Royce
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German motor and turbine maker Tognum said Tuesday it would accept an improved offer from the auto group Daimler and Britain's Rolls-Royce, opening the way for a strong alliance.

“The management board and supervisory board consider the increased offer price to be appropriate and recommend that shareholders of Tognum accept the tender offer,” a statement said.

Daimler and Rolls-Royce submitted improved terms on Friday, hiking their offer 8.3 percent to €26 per Tognum share.

“Together with Daimler and Rolls-Royce, we are going to create a global technology leader in propulsion systems and decentralised energy systems,” Tognum said.

Daimler already owns 28.4 percent of Tognum, which employs some 8,700 people around the world, and has a long history with the company.

Having owned it for nearly 50 years, Daimler sold Tognum in 2005 to the EQT investment fund for €1.6 billion, only to later buy back around 22 percent in April 2008 for €585 million.

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