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Philips reaches an agreement to acquire Saeco International Group S.P.A., a portfolio company of pai partners

(PresseBox) (Amsterdam, the Netherlands, ) Royal Philips Electronics (AEX: PHI, NYSE: PHG) announced today that it has reached a binding agreement to acquire Saeco International Group S.p.A., the Italy-based leading espresso machine maker which is controlled by PAI partners. Successful completion of this transaction is, amongst others, subject to Philips reaching a final agreement with Saeco's banks with which the company has outstanding credit obligations.

Philips will provide additional detailed information about this proposed acquisition if and when conditions for a successful agreement have been met.


Saeco is the European leader in automatic espresso coffee machines manufacturing with a 30% market share.
Saeco designs, manufactures and distributes automatic, manual and capsule espresso coffee machines for home and professional use, both under its own brands (Saeco, Gaggia) or on behalf of third party brands (OEMs, Lavazza). Saeco also manufactures beverage and snack vending machines.
Saeco is headquartered in Gaggio Montano (BO), Italy with c. 1,400 employees.
FY2009 closed in March with estimated sales of €318m split as follows: Germany 20%, Italy 20%, rest of Europe 35% and rest of the world 25%
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