Veoneer Inc., a Swedish company with U.S. operations in Southfield focused on advanced driver assistance systems and automated driving, has signed a binding agreement with Nissin Kogyo, its Japan-based joint venture partner in Veoneer Nissin Brake Systems (VNBS), providing for certain structural changes to the joint venture and reaching an agreement for VNBS.
Under the agreement, Veoneer will acquire Nissin Kogyo’s interests in the U.S. operations of VNBS, referred to as VNBA, for $1, and VNBS will transfer or license the VNBS technologies necessary to operate the VNBA business to VNBA. The U.S. operations of VNBS, including the transferred or licensed technologies, will become a wholly owned Veoneer business.
Effective upon closing, Veoneer will release Nissin Kogyo from any obligations to fund VNBA in the future and from any claims Veoneer may have had against Nissin Kogyo relating to VNBA. VNBS will also provide certain transitional services to VNBA.
The VNBS operations in Japan and China will remain a part of the joint venture, with Veoneer owning 51 percent and Nissin Kogyo owning 49 percent of the joint venture.
Under the agreement, Nissin Kogyo will either provide guarantees for certain VNBS commercial loans or contribute capital to VNBS, in either case corresponding to 49 percent of the funding Veoneer has previously unilaterally provided VNBS. Veoneer expects to receive approximately $20 million as debt repayment from VNBS after such funding.
The agreement between Veoneer and Nissin Kogyo resolves the funding situation previously described by Veoneer in its public filings and allows for Veoneer to continue reviewing and evaluating the development priorities and strategic options of its brake systems business.
The transaction is expected to close today or close to today’s date.