KYOTO, Japan, Sept. 25, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Nidec Corporation (NYSE:NJ) today announced that one of its wholly owned subsidiaries, Nidec Sankyo Corporation ("Nidec Sankyo"), has agreed to purchase all of the shares of common stock of Mitsubishi Materials C.M.I. Corporation ("CMI") from Mitsubishi Materials Corporation ("Mitsubishi Materials") (the "Transaction"). Nidec Sankyo and Mitsubishi Materials have entered into a basic agreement in connection with the Transaction as of September 26, 2013.
1. Objectives of the Transaction
As a member of the Nidec Group, Nidec Sankyo has been seeking opportunities to acquire businesses as part of its growth strategy, and has been endeavoring to grow and expand each of its major business lines with an M&A strategy tailored for each such business line. As part of these strategic efforts, in October 2012, Nidec Sankyo made an investment in SCD Co., Ltd., a South Korean manufacturer of motor drive units for home electric appliances, to make SCD a subsidiary with an aim to enhance its product portfolio, and has sought to strengthen its home appliance and residential and facility equipment businesses. The contemplated acquisition of CMI is intended to strengthen Nidec Sankyo's automotive product business and, if completed as planned, will be the second acquisition transaction entered into by Nidec Sankyo with an aim to enhance its product portfolio.Nidec Sankyo has established its current position in the motor market primarily by offering stepping motors with a particular focus on small-diameter motors for optical disk drives, digital cameras, gaming consoles and other products. However, the markets for personal computers, digital cameras, gaming consoles and other products, which use mainly small-diameter stepping motors in which Nidec Sankyo has competitive strengths, have been maturing. Under these circumstances, Nidec Sankyo has made it a high priority to enhance and expand its product portfolio by entering into new markets for stepping motors. In particular, Nidec Sankyo has been considering entering into the automotive motor market, which is expected to grow significantly with expanding uses of such motors for electronically controlling fuel injection valves to improve fuel efficiency and enhancing the functionality of head-up displays.