Carrier Signs Definitive Agreement to Sell Remaining Stake in Beijer Ref AB
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla., Dec. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Carrier Global Corporation (NYSE: CARR), a leading global provider of healthy, safe and sustainable building and cold chain solutions, has signed a definitive agreement to sell its remaining interest in Beijer Ref AB ("Beijer Ref"), consisting of A and B shares, to a fund managed by global investment firm EQT. The sale follows an accelerated equity offering that occurred in September 2020 through which Carrier sold 9.25 million B shares of Beijer Ref and received proceeds of approximately $300 million. Under the terms of the agreement with EQT, Carrier's remaining interest will be sold for a total value of approximately $1.1 billion. The transaction is expected to close by the end of December 2020, subject to the receipt of a required regulatory approval. Beijer Ref provides commercial and industrial refrigeration as well as heating and air conditioning products and is listed on the Nasdaq Stockholm.
"The sale of our stake in Beijer follows our deliberate and consistent approach to capital allocation and portfolio management. We have determined that we can create more value for our shareowners by deploying the net cash proceeds toward our growth initiatives and debt reduction activities than by maintaining a passive interest. We look forward to continuing our longstanding distribution relationship with Beijer," said Carrier President & CEO Dave Gitlin.
Citigroup Global Markets, Inc., acted as financial advisor to Carrier for the transaction.
As the leading global provider of healthy, safe and sustainable building and cold chain solutions, Carrier Global Corporation is committed to making the world safer, sustainable and more comfortable for generations to come. From the beginning, we've led in inventing new technologies and entirely new industries. Today, we continue to lead because we have a world-class, diverse workforce that puts the customer at the center of everything we do. For more information, visit www.corporate.carrier.com or follow Carrier on social media at @Carrier.
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