updated: 12/21/2012 1:53:45 PM
Elkhart-based CTS Corp. (NYSE: CTS) has acquired an Illinois-based automotive components manufacturer. The company says the $63.5 million deal with D&R Technology LLC will expand its sensor product platform.
December 21, 2012
ELKHART, Ind. - CTS Corporation (NYSE: CTS) today announced the acquisition of D&R Technology (D&R), a privately-held company with annual sales of approximately $50 million. D&R is a leading manufacturer of custom designed sensors, switches and electromechanical assemblies primarily serving the automotive light-vehicle market. CTS acquired D&R for a cash purchase price of approximately $63.5 million. Management expects the transaction to be accretive to CTS' earnings in the first year.
The synergistic acquisition significantly expands CTS' strategic automotive sensor product platform with new customers and a broader product portfolio. The acquisition will also further diversify CTS' Components and Sensors segment and bring new growth opportunities from sensor applications for safety systems and vehicle chassis management. Additionally, D&R brings strong sensor design and development engineering capabilities to complement CTS’ world-class engineering team.
D&R, founded in 1998, operates Lean Manufacturing facilities in Carol Stream, Illinois and Juarez, Mexico, with approximately 400 employees. D&R specializes in building advanced technology products that provide industry-leading and application-specific solutions. Key products include non-contacting chassis height position sensors, seat belt tension sensors, seat belt buckle switches and anti-lock braking system (ABS) wheel speed sensors. Newer products currently growing include seat track position sensors and current sensors for electric and hybrid vehicles.
D&R has been widely recognized by customers for quality performance, including Flawless Launch Awards. Vinod Khilnani, CTS Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "This is a significant strategic acquisition for CTS. We are delighted to welcome D&R into the CTS family. It is an excellent fit and a synergistic addition to our faster growing Components and Sensors segment, bringing exciting new growth opportunities."
About CTS Automotive Products
CTS Automotive Products is a global leader in the design, test and manufacture of automotive
sensors, accelerator pedal modules, actuators and subsystems. Recognized for its customer
responsiveness and expertise in high-volume automotive packaging, CTS Automotive Products is focused on delivering value-added products and services to its expanding worldwide customer base. The Company manufactures sensor and actuator products in Elkhart, Indiana; Toronto, Canada; Glasgow, Scotland; Ostrava, Czech Republic; Matamoros, Mexico; Kaohsiung, Taiwan; and Zhongshan, China. The D&R acquisition adds operations in Carol Stream, Illinois and Juarez, Mexico.
CTS is a leading designer and manufacturer of electronic components and sensors and a provider of electronics manufacturing services (EMS) to OEMs in the automotive, communications, medical, defense and aerospace, industrial and computer markets. CTS manufactures products in North America, Europe and Asia. CTS' stock is traded on the NYSE under the ticker symbol "CTS." To find out more, visit the CTS Web site at www.ctscorp.com.
Source: CTS Corp.