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Eaton Corporation (NYSE: ETN) and Cooper Industries plc (NYSE: CBE) today announced that the Irish High Court has approved Eaton’s acquisition of Cooper.
As previously announced, on May 21, 2012, Eaton and Cooper entered into a transaction agreement by which Eaton will acquire Cooper through the formation of a new Irish holding company that has been renamed Eaton Corporation plc (“New Eaton”). The acquisition of Cooper will be effected by a “scheme of arrangement” under Irish law and, in connection with the acquisition, Eaton will merge with a subsidiary of New Eaton. Following the consummation of these transactions, both Eaton and Cooper will be wholly owned subsidiaries of New Eaton.
With the Court’s approval of the scheme of arrangement, Eaton and Cooper anticipate that the transaction will close on November 30, 2012. Trading of Eaton and Cooper will continue on the New York Stock Exchange until the end of the day on the date of the transaction closing, and the ordinary shares of Eaton Corporation plc are expected to begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ETN on the first trading day after the closing date.
Eaton is a diversified power management company with more than 100 years of experience providing energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power. With 2011 revenues of $16.0 billion, Eaton is a global technology leader in electrical components, systems and services for power quality, distribution and control; hydraulics components, systems and services for industrial and mobile equipment; aerospace fuel, hydraulics and pneumatic systems for commercial and military use; and truck and automotive drivetrain and powertrain systems for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has approximately 74,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 150 countries.
Cooper is a diversified global manufacturer of electrical components and tools, with 2011 revenues of $5.4 billion. Founded in 1833, Cooper’s sustained success is attributable to a constant focus on innovation and evolving business practices, while maintaining the highest ethical standards and meeting customer needs. Cooper has seven operating divisions with leading positions and world-class products and brands including Bussmann electrical and electronic fuses; Crouse-Hinds and CEAG explosion-proof electrical equipment; Halo and Metalux lighting fixtures; and Kyle and McGraw-Edison power systems products. With this broad range of products, Cooper is uniquely positioned for several long term growth trends including the global infrastructure build out, the need to improve the reliability and productivity of the electric grid, the demand for higher energy-efficient products and the need for improved electrical safety. In 2011, 62 percent of total sales were to customers in the industrial and utility end-markets and 40 percent of total sales were to customers outside the United States. Cooper has manufacturing facilities in 23 countries as of 2011.