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Pirelli sells to Goldman Sachs Capital Partners its activities in Energy and Telecom Cables and Systems

  • PIRELLI SELLS TO GOLDMAN SACHS CAPITAL PARTNERS ITS
    ACTIVITIES IN ENERGY AND TELECOM CABLES AND SYSTEMS
  • ENTERPRISE VALUE: 1.3 BILLION EUROS
  • STRATEGIC REFOCUSING OF PIRELLI COMPLETED
  • EXISTING MANAGEMENT TEAM RECEIVES FULL SUPPORT OF THE NEW OWNER
    TO CONTINUE TO GROW AND DEVELOP THE BUSINESS

Milan, 1st June 2005 – Pirelli & C. SpA and Goldman
Sachs Capital Partners today announce that they have reached an
agreement for the sale of Pirelli’s Energy and Telecom Cables and
Systems business to Goldman Sachs Capital Partners.
Under the terms of the agreement, Pirelli will sell to Goldman
Sachs Capital Partners activities that had in 2004 sales of
3,208 million, with an operating income (EBIT) of more than
110 million. The business has 12,000 employees and 52 plants all
around the world.

The transaction has an enterprise value of 1.3
billion
, including intellectual property rights and Pirelli
brand licensing for two years.

Upon completion of the transaction, the net financial position of
Pirelli will improve by around 1.2 billion of which
490 million relates to equity value and around 690 million
of net debt that will be deconsolidated at closing. Furthermore,
135 million out of the above mentioned 490 million
will be in the form of a vendor loan.

In addition, Pirelli will receive a warrant which will allow it to
share in up to 5% of the economic value uplift generated by Goldman
Sachs Capital Partners. Pirelli will also retain the statutory UK
pension liabilities of around 95 million.

Goldman Sachs Capital Partners is fully supportive of the existing
management team of the business, which has achieved excellent
results in the past. The new owner intends to work with the
existing management team to continue to grow and develop the
business.

As already announced, net proceeds of the operation will be
invested in strategic activities of the Group.

Following this transaction, Pirelli’s strategic optimization
programme announced in July 2001 is now completed.

Pirelli will therefore focus on the development of higher
value-added businesses and in particular on these activities:
telecommunications , tyres, real estate, the activities in the
field of broadband and second generation photonics managed by
Pirelli BroadBand Solutions and based upon Pirelli Labs’
innovations and in the environment al field (Pirelli & C.
Ambiente).

The transaction is subject to final approval from regulatory and
government bodies including those of the UK pension fund, the
Antitrust Authorities and the French Economy Minister as some
production is based in France.