Apollo Tyres Ltd (NSE: ApolloTYRE) and Cooper Tire & Rubber Company (NYSE: CTB) today announced that the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) review period for the pending merger of Apollo and Cooper expired on July 26, 2013 with no action by the Federal Trade Commission or the Department of Justice.
The expiration of the HSR review period satisfies one of the conditions necessary for the transaction to close. Cooper and Apollo expect that, subject to the remaining customary closing conditions, the transaction will be completed before the end of the year.
Cooper and Apollo announced the pending merger on June 12, 2013 following unanimous approval by the boards of directors of both companies. The strategic combination of Apollo and Cooper will bring together two companies with highly complementary brands, geographic presence, and technological expertise to create a global leader in tire manufacturing and distribution. The combined company will have a full range of products, strong brands and greater ability to satisfy customer needs worldwide.
About Apollo Tyres LtdApollo Tyres Ltd is a high-performance tire manufacturer headquartered in India. It is built around the core principles of creating stakeholder value through reliability in its products and dependability in its relationships. The company has manufacturing units in India, the Netherlands, and South Africa and exports its products around the world. In each of its markets the company operates through a vast network of branded, exclusive and multi-product outlets. About Cooper Tire & Rubber Company Cooper Tire & Rubber Company is the parent company of a global family of companies that specialize in the design, manufacture, marketing, and sales of passenger car and light truck tires. Cooper has joint ventures, affiliates and subsidiaries that also specialize in medium truck, motorcycle and racing tires. Cooper's headquarters is in Findlay, Ohio, with manufacturing, sales, distribution, technical and design facilities within its family of companies located in 11 countries around the world. For more information on Cooper Tire, visit www.coopertire.com, www.facebook.com/coopertire or www.twitter.com/coopertire. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION In connection with the proposed transaction, Cooper filed a preliminary proxy statement with the SEC. INVESTORS ARE URGED TO READ THE PRELIMINARY PROXY STATEMENT AND, WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE, THE DEFINITIVE PROXY STATEMENT BECAUSE THESE DOCUMENTS WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION AND COOPER. You will be able to obtain the preliminary proxy statement, the definitive proxy statement (when available) as well as other filings containing information about Cooper, free of charge, at the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov. Copies of the proxy statement and other filings made by Cooper with the SEC can also be obtained, free of charge, by directing a request to Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, 701 Lima Avenue, Findlay, Ohio 45840, Attention: Secretary or call (419) 429-6710. Participants in the Solicitation Cooper and its directors and officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from Cooper’s stockholders with respect to the special meeting of stockholders that will be held to consider the proposed transaction. Information about Cooper’s directors and officers and their ownership of Cooper’s common stock is set forth in its Form 10-K which was filed with the SEC on February 25, 2013 and the proxy statement for Cooper’s Annual Meeting of stockholders, which was filed with the SEC on March 26, 2013. Stockholders may obtain additional information regarding the interests of Cooper and its directors and executive officers in the proposed transaction, which may be different than those of Cooper’s stockholders generally, by reading the preliminary proxy statement filed with the SEC on July 8, 2013, the definitive proxy statement (when available) and other relevant documents regarding the proposed transaction, when filed with the SEC.