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NSG Group: Reform and integration of automotive glass in China

It is planned that automotive processing operations fully owned by NSG in Guilin and Tianjin will be transferred to SYP Automotive

NSG Group has announced the plan to integrate its Automotive glass business in China with SYP Kangqiao Autoglass Co., Ltd. (SYP Automotive), a major Chinese automotive glass manufacturer. This integration into SYP Automotive will strengthen NSG Group ability to meet the growing needs of vehicle manufacturers in China.

It is planned that automotive processing operations fully owned by NSG in Guilin and Tianjin will be transferred to SYP Automotive. NSG Group will undertake to re-invest the sale proceeds back into in SYP Automotive. The sale will take the form of the sale of two wholly owned legal entities owned by NSG in China, being Tianjin NSG Safety Glass Co., Ltd. (NSG Tianjin) and Guilin Pilkington Safety Glass Co., Ltd. (NSG Guilin).

NSG Group currently holds a 20 percent stake in SYP Automotive, as a consequence of the sale, this stake will increase to approximately 29 percent.

The largest shareholder in SYP Automotive is Shanghai Yaohua Pilkington Glass Co, Ltd (“SYP”). The shares in SYP are listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange. NSG Group has had a long standing partnership with SYP for over 30 years and has a 13 percent equity stake in it. In addition to its investment in SYP Automotive, SYP is recognized as a high-quality manufacturer of advanced coated float and processed products for the Chinese architectural glass market.

The proposed deal terms are due to be presented to the shareholders of SYP in June, and it is expected that, should shareholder approval be obtained, binding definitive agreements will then be signed.

Completion of the transaction is expected to take place later this year once Chinese regulatory approvals have been obtained.

Through this integration, NSG Group and SYP Automotive will work in partnership to develop and grow SYP Automotive’s automotive processing business in China. As an active participant in the partnership, NSG will help SYP Automotive to enhance its ability to satisfy increasingly complex demands for glazing solutions, including meeting expectations from established global automakers looking to develop advanced glazing supply inside China.

The decision by NSG Group to pursue this transaction is part of the structural reform measures set forth in the medium-term management plan “Revival Plan 24 (RP24)” for the three years from April 1, 2021 to the fiscal year ending March 2024. This is an important step in transforming our business portfolio, as a part of our Shape to Shine transformation program.

There will be no material one-off exceptional impact on the NSG Group’s results as a consequence of the above. After completion of the integration, the business performance of NSG Tianjin and NSG Guilin will be included in the results of SYP Automotive which in turn will be included in “the share of post-tax profit of joint ventures and associates accounted for using the equity method” line in the consolidated NSG Group income statement.

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