Catherine Macaulay & Rodrigo Kohn (Schroders) | As climate change ambition ramps up across the world, emissions reduction targets in the autos sector will likely be forced to tighten further. Numerous countries – including Norway, France, the UK, Sweden, Ireland and the Netherlands – have already announced internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle phaseouts between 2025-2040. At the same time, technological advancements continue to transform the industry. Production processes are increasingly automated, autonomous driving technology is growing in sophistication, and consumer expectations around the digital experience of vehicles continue to increase.
Cie Automotive will acquire 100% of the social capital of Somaschini S.p.A. The enterprise value is 79.6 million euros, equivalent to less than five times EBITDA for this year, and will be adjusted at closure of the deal depending on its indebtedness, as is usual in this type of operation.
The dangerous rise of carbon emissions coupled with greater energy efficiency driven by the evolution of battery technology is building momentum towards acceptance of electric cars globally. For analysts at Wisdom Tree, “the proliferation of Electric Vehicles will be tied to the initiatives from governments across the world as they rely on supplementary grid infrastructure.”