Company Report: AEG Power Solutions divests entity in France

Source:AEG Power Solutions

AEG Power Solutions have decided to focus their business on their core areas of competitive strength in delivering high quality power systems and solutions for infrastructure; divests Lannion’s Entity in France.
To face the challenges raised by the decrease in revenue and losses in operations, AEG Power Solutions have decided to focus their business on their core areas of competitive strength in delivering high quality power systems and solutions for infrastructure, industrial and demanding commercial applications and advanced solutions for renewable energies and next generation distributed power generation. In this process, the Group is readjusting its footprint and has decided to place in liquidation its entity in Lannion (France), which can no longer be financially supported.

The AEG PS Group experienced close to 11% decrease in revenue from 2011 to 2012, and is expecting another decrease by 25% in 2013 as announced in its Q3 interim management report.

The Group EBITDA was down 66% in 2012 compared with 2011 and as announced in the interim Q3 report, losses are expected for 2013.
In this context, the Board of 3W Power, the holding company of AEG Power Solutions and its new Chairman, Dr. Dirk Wolfertz, have announced the appointment of Jeffrey Casper, Chief Financial Officer of the Group, as Chief Restructuring Officer, in charge of leading a recovery program for the company.

To secure the business, AEG Power Solutions must adjust its structure to fit within its financial capabilities and is forced to close its business in Lannion (France) which was structurally losing money.

Lannion’s management announced this morning to the local works council its intention to file for bankruptcy protection for the entity.
The group cannot support the losses of Lannion nor finance the cash flow required to run the entity which would be €6 million for the first half of 2014.

Lannion’s cumulated losses (EBITDA) over 5 years have reached €27 million, out of which €11,1 million over the last 2 years. Up to now, these losses have been fully supported by the Group.

Though it is clear that AEG Power Solutions cannot finance any initiatives proposed by the bankruptcy court, the Group will consider every possibility to redeploy employees from Lannion in other entities if competencies match future needs. AEG PS will allow any intellectual property rights linked to the Lannion business to contribute to selling of assets. AEG is a brand under license of Electrolux and cannot be used further by Lannion, so the entity will be run as of today under its former denomination of Harmer & Simmons.

The case will be filed on January 8 at Saint –Brieuc commercial court.

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