Whirlpool to divest most of EMEA ops, form new entity with Turkey’s Arcelik

A new company is born where the whirlpool hold 25% and Arçelik 75%. To whom all activities in the Middle East and Africa go.Whirlpool: minority agreement with Arcelik (Beko) in Europe
Whirlpool Corporation has announced the completion of the strategic review of its business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and the reaching of a definitive contribution agreement with Arçelik, which in the portfolio owns the Beko brand. Under the terms of the agreement, Whirlpool will contribute its European major appliances business and Arcelik will contribute its white goods, consumer electronics, air conditioning and small appliances businesses, to create a new business entity of which Whirlpool will own 25 % and Arcelik 75%.

Separately, Whirlpool has reached an agreement in principle, also with Arcelik, for the sale and transfer of its Middle East and Africa operations. Whirlpool will continue to own the assets of the EMEA KitchenAid small appliances business.

The combined entity is expected to achieve combined revenues of more than €6 billion and be well positioned to deliver value to consumers through attractive brands, sustainable manufacturing, product innovation and consumer services. The combined businesses are expected to generate cost synergies of more than €200 million.” “Today’s announcement marks another important and decisive milestone in our portfolio transformation,” said Marc Bitzer, president and chief executive officer of Whirlpool Corporation. business and cost synergies through our minority stake”.

The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2023 and is subject to additional closing requirements, including obtaining regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. Whirlpool’s European business met criteria for accounting for sale during the fourth quarter of 2022. Until the closing of the transaction, Whirlpool’s European business will be included in the company’s results. In addition, Whirlpool will have no obligation to provide financing to the new company after the closing of the transaction.