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Business News (more headlines) 05-03-2014

Gibson Brands Announces Agreement To Acquire Philips' Audio And Home Entertainment Business

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As part of its continued growth and diversification in the music and audio lifestyle arena, Gibson Brands, Inc. (www.gibson.com) today announced that it has signed an agreement with Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) to acquire WOOX Innovations, the audio, video, multimedia and accessories business of Philips. Under the terms of the agreement, Gibson Brands will pay $135 million and a brand license fee, relating to a license agreement for an initial period of 7 years. The deal is expected to close in the second half of 2014, subject to customary conditions, including regulatory filings and works council procedures.

"Philips and Gibson Brands have played significant roles in shaping the home entertainment and music industries and with this agreement the Philips brand will continue to be an innovation leader in this space."

Gibson Brands, based in Nashville, USA, has in recent years invested in audio brands including Onkyo and TEAC as part of its ambition to become a global leader in music and sound. This transaction will leverage Gibson Brands' strong market presence in the U.S. and Japan, and WOOX Innovations' market strength with Philips-branded audio and home entertainment products in Europe, China, Latin America and other growth geographies.

"This agreement is the most significant step yet in Gibson Brands' journey to become the largest music and sound technology company in the world," said Gibson Brands chairman and CEO Henry Juszkiewicz. "By acquiring Philips' audio and home entertainment business, our goal is to continue to provide the most exceptional consumer audio products and experiences in the world. I am thrilled to extend the reach of Gibson Brands around the world and to welcome this great team to the Gibson family."

"With this transaction, we are taking another important step in Philips' transformation to become a leading technology company in health and well-being," said Philips chief executive officer Frans van Houten. "Philips and Gibson Brands have played significant roles in shaping the home entertainment and music industries and with this agreement the Philips brand will continue to be an innovation leader in this space."

The video business will stay with Philips until a transfer to Gibson Brands in 2017. Until that time, a distribution agreement will be in place, whereby WOOX Innovations will be fully responsible for the marketing and sales of Philips-branded optical video products.

WOOX Innovations, headquartered in Hong Kong with approximately 1,900 employees worldwide, is a global and profitable business driving the Philips brand in sound, home entertainment and related accessories.

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