Meritor to Acquire AxleTech

May 10, 2019

Meritor Inc. has entered into an agreement to acquire AxleTech for approximately $175 million in cash from global investment firm, the Carlyle Group.

The transaction advances Meritor’s 2022 objectives to accelerate global sales and growth by leveraging the company’s core competencies to grow strategically in adjacent markets, according to company officials. The addition of AxleTech enhances Meritor’s growth platform, “bringing a highly complementary global product portfolio across the off-highway, defense, specialty and aftermarket segments.”

“We are delighted to welcome AxleTech back to the Meritor family. The addition of AxleTech is a compelling value-creating opportunity to broaden our position in attractive, adjacent markets and advances our M2022 strategy,” said Jay Craig, Meritor’s CEO and president. “Meritor’s technical expertise, operational excellence and proven track record will be a powerful platform to accelerate growth. Our product portfolios are highly complementary and we share a commitment to our people and customers. We look forward to realizing the full benefits of the transaction by serving as a premier supplier to our global customers and enhancing shareholder value.”

Troy, Michigan-based AxleTech’s offerings include a full product line of independent suspensions, axles, braking solutions and drivetrain components. The privately-held company designs, engineers, manufactures, sells and services drivetrain systems and components, with a focus on off-highway applications. AxleTech generated $248 million in revenue in 2018.

“AxleTech has positioned itself as a strong, advanced drivetrain solutions manufacturer in the off-highway and defense market segments. These solutions range from heavy-duty axles to new remanufacturing capabilities and electric powertrain systems for our global customer base,” said Bill Gryzenia, CEO of AxleTech. “Today marks an exciting chapter for AxleTech and reflects the collective efforts of our entire team. We believe that Meritor’s deep understanding of the business and best-in-class capabilities are a natural fit to support AxleTech’s next growth phase.”