Deal Announcement 03/19: Automotive

PwC acted as the exclusive financial advisor to SAM automotive group and the insolvency administrator Dr. Holger Leichtle on the sale of SAM automotive group’s German assets and all shares of the international subsidiaries to Fuyao Glass Group Industries

The Deal

The German PwC M&A team is pleased to announce the successful signing of the sale of the insolvent automotive supplier SAM automotive group. The transaction comprises the sale of all assets of the German entities and all shares of the international subsidiaries in Mexico and Slovakia to Fuyao Glass Group Industries.

After filing for insolvency on 20 August 2018, PwC M&A was engaged to initiate an international sales process. PwC approached selected strategic and financial investors, enabling a competitive auction between interested parties. After the purchase agreements were signed with Fuyao Glass Group Industries, the creditors’ committee has approved the transaction on 11 January 2019. Closing is subject to antitrust authorities and expected by start of March 2019.

SAM automotive group

The Company, headquartered in Steinheim am Albuch, is a German supplier of aluminum components for the automotive industry. The product portfolio comprises roof rail systems and aluminum decorative trimmings. The Company operates 11 production plants in Germany and one site in Mexico and Slovakia respectively. SAM automotive group has generated approx. € 280m in revenues in 2017.

Fuyao Glass Group Industries

Fuyao Glass Group Industries is a global manufacturer of automotive glass solutions. With more than € 2bn in revenues and more than 25,000 employees Fuyao is one of the leading suppliers of automotive glass in the world. The Company was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Fuqing, China.


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PwC M&A Germany acted as exclusive financial advisor to SAM automotive group and the insolvency administrator Dr. Holger Leichtle on this transaction.

The PwC M&A deal team consisted of Martin Schwarzer (Partner), Thomas Steinberger (Partner), Andreas Schillhofer (Partner), Sebastian Kirsch (Senior Manager), Christian Gieger (Manager), Mario Puclin (Associate), and Lei Ding (Associate).

Deal Announcement 03/19: Automotive

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Martin Schwarzer

Martin Schwarzer

Partner, Corporate Finance | M&A Automotive & Industrial Products, PwC Germany

Tel: +49 160 97228977

Timo Klees

Timo Klees

Partner, Head of Corporate Finance | M&A Distressed & Special Situations, PwC Germany

Tel: +49 151 10060451

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