Lighting

Philips Lighting Sale to China Collapses under US Pressure

The sale of Philips lighting business to a predominantly Chinese private equity fund, has been blocked by the US, on national security grounds. Despite the extensive efforts of Philips and GO Scale Capital to mitigate the concerns of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), regulatory clearance has not been granted for this transaction. "I am very disappointed about this outcome as this was a very good deal for both Lumileds and the GO Scale Capital-led consortium. This outcome does not, however, impact the fundamentals of the Lumileds business", said Frans van Houten, CEO of Royal Philips. "Lumileds is a highly successful supplier of lighting components to the general illumination, automotive and consumer electronics markets with a strong customer base. We will now engage with other parties that have expressed an interest in exploring strategic options for Lumileds to pursue more growth and scale". Van Houten also conceded that although Philips still […]

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