Philips and CEC sign definitive agreement to transfer remaining Philips Mobile Phone activities to CEC
Monday, February 12, 2007
Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Beijing, the People’s Republic of China - Royal Philips Electronics (NYSE:PHG, AEX:PHI) and China Electronics Corporation (CEC) today have signed a definitive agreement to transfer Philips’ remaining Mobile Phone activities to CEC. CEC will take over the responsibility for Philips’ Mobile Phones business, which had 2006 sales of approximately EUR 320 million and has approximately 240 employees, mainly in Asia Pacific and Eastern Europe.
The “Xenium” brand, which is associated with long-battery life, will be transferred to CEC under the terms of the agreement. CEC will receive an exclusive license to market and sell mobile phones under the Philips brand for the coming five years. Certain mobile phone-related patents will be transferred and licensed to CEC. In addition, Philips will transfer to CEC its existing marketing network in some key countries for the mobile phone business, as well as its 25% equity stake in Shenzhen Sangfei Consumer Communications Co. Ltd.
This transaction is conditional on all required shareholder, government and regulatory approvals and consents and is expected to be closed by the end of the first quarter 2007.
About Royal Philips Electronics
Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) is a global leader in healthcare, lifestyle and technology, delivering products, services and solutions through the brand promise of “sense and simplicity”. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips employs approximately 121,700 employees in more than 60 countries worldwide. With sales of EUR 27.0 billion in 2006, the company is a market leader in medical diagnostic imaging and patient monitoring systems, energy efficient lighting solutions, personal care and home appliances, as well as consumer electronics. News from Philips is located at www.philips.com/newscenter.
China Electronics Corporation (CEC) engages mainly in four business fields: semiconductor, computer software/hardware & system integration, telecommunication network & terminals, and digital home appliances. Sales revenue of CEC in 2005 was RMB53.38 billion Yuan. Its business activities cover the complete value chain of the industry, including R&D, design, manufacturing, application, marketing & distribution and technical service. In the fields of semiconductor, computer software & hardware, telecommunication engineering and mobile handsets, CEC takes a pioneering position in China in terms of production scale, technology level and R&D capability. News from CEC is located at www.cec.com.cn.
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