Legendary Hummer is becoming Chinese
Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery Co., Ltd (Tengzhong) and General Motors Corp. today confirmed details of their proposed transaction, pursuant to which, Tengzhong, a major industrial machinery group, will acquire the rights to the premium off-road HUMMER brand, along with a senior management and operational team. It will also assume existing dealer agreements relating to HUMMERâ€™s dealership network. It is contemplated that Tengzhong will, as part of the transaction, enter into a long-term contract assembly and key component and material supply agreement with GM. In an earlier statement, GM said it expects the deal if successful to secure more than 3,000 US jobs. The final terms of the deal are subject to final negotiations.
Based in the Chinese province of Sichuan, Tengzhong is a privately-owned company and a leading domestic manufacturer of road, construction and energy industry equipment. It will expand into the premium off-road vehicle segment through what will be a strategic acquisition for Tengzhong and a catalyst for HUMMERâ€™s growth in the U.S. and around the world.
â€œThe HUMMER brand is synonymous with adventure, freedom and exhilaration,
HUMMER will continue to maintain its headquarters and operations in the U.S., and will continue to be managed by its existing leadership team. The team intends to expand HUMMERâ€™s dealer network worldwide, particularly into new and underserved markets such as China.
"Today HUMMER is a globally recognized brand with excellent growth prospects, both in terms of new markets and new products for our existing markets,â€? said James Taylor, HUMMER chief executive officer. â€œWith Tengzhongâ€™s investment and strong support, we will be able to make our visions a reality. This transaction, if successful, will secure more than 3,000 U.S. jobs, and allow us to embark on a more aggressive global expansion, ensuring a successful future with our new partners.â€?
The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of this year and is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals. Financial terms of the agreement will not be disclosed at this time.
Credit Suisse is acting as exclusive financial advisor and Shearman & Stearling is acting as international legal counsel to Tengzhong on this transaction. Citi is acting as financial advisor to GM.
It is sad that none of the companies located in the Arab gulf states or in Egypt considered buying Hummer, especially since this car is one of the most popular SUVs in the region. And since Egypt has the largest number of car assembly lines and factories in the region, the Hummer would have been a best-seller in Egypt if assembled there.
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