In the context of its previously announced VALUE 21 programme, Leoni AG has reviewed the existing group structure and strategy for each division. This also included a review of the optimal future ownership structure of Wire & Cable Solutions (WCS) and Wiring Systems Division (WSD) to determine how both divisions can achieve their full potential. Leoni is now preparing a stock market listing or sale of the WCS division, including the option of a partial sale.
As communicated, Leoni’s Board of Directors sees only very limited synergies between both divisions and intends to increase their operational independence. In this context, corporate support functions will transfer from the holding company to the divisions. WCS increasingly focuses on advanced and intelligent cable solutions and services and WSD further enhances its energy and data solutions and services related capabilities.
Against this background, Leoni is preparing a separation of its WCS division through a stock market listing or sale. To date, no final decision has been taken in this regard. Following a potential separation, Leoni’s primary focus would be on the development of its WSD division. To this end, Leoni has begun to mandate respective advisors.
Leoni CEO Aldo Kamper said: “We believe that both divisions will benefit from a separation. This creates two clearly focused businesses, whose individual market and technological developments as well as investments can be better and more quickly implemented. We expect the decision to separate WCS from the group puts us in a position to focus our resources on WSD and strengthens our ability to further strategically develop this business.”
Wiring Systems Division as a systems supplier and development partner
With the focus on WSD, Leoni expects to be in a better position to focus on operational improvements and continue to build on its leading position in automotive wiring systems. Further, Leoni would be able to concentrate its resources on the transition of the company towards a global solutions provider for the automotive sector and aims to capture emerging opportunities on the energy and data side. With its Wiring Systems Division becoming a systems supplier and development partner to its customers, Leoni is on the way to sell not only products, but increasingly provide services in engineering, architectural design and simulation. In the area of electromobility, the company considers itself to be well placed with regard to both technology and market position to benefit from the ongoing shift towards electric and hybrid vehicles.
WCS as a leading provider of engineered cables and interconnect solutions
WCS expects to emerge as a leading provider of engineered cables and interconnect solutions with a strong position in its focus areas to further develop its long-term growth potential. With its broad and differentiated product and service spectrum, WCS is serving a wide range of growing end markets such as healthcare, factory automation, transportation and automotive. Furthermore, with its LEONiQ technology, WCS is well positioned to become the frontrunner for intelligent cable solutions.
Bruno Fankhauser, Member of the Board of Directors of Leoni with responsibility for the Wire & Cable Solutions division, said: “We have shown strong growth in recent years and have maintained a leading position as a provider of intelligent cable solutions and services. With today’s decision, we want to put the WCS division in a position to realize its full potential more quickly with a different ownership structure.”
Implementation of VALUE 21 on track
The implementation of the VALUE 21 programme is progressing according to plan to achieve sustainable gross cost savings targets of EUR 500 million per year by 2022 for the existing group (with a targeted EBIT margin impact of +2 3 %-pts and a targeted FCF yield impact of +4 5 %-pts). Around 75 % of the savings are expected to be realized in WSD.
Furthermore, Leoni is working on its refinancing requirements for which all options are being considered.