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Funai Electric acquires Philips lifestyle ent biz

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MUMBAI: Royal Philips Electronics has sold its Lifestyle Entertainment business which includes audio, video, multimedia and accessories to Japanese consumer electronics company Funai Electric.

Under the terms, Funai will pay a cash consideration of 150 million euro and a brand license fee, relating to a license agreement for an initial period of five and a half years, with an optional renewal of five years.

The deal for the Audio, Multimedia and Accessories businesses is expected to close in the second half of 2013. The video business will transfer in 2017, related to existing intellectual property licensing arrangements. The gain on the transaction will be recorded at the closing date.

The agreement does not impact any of Funai?s existing brand licensing agreements with Philips, the company said.

The transaction is subject to customary conditions, including regulatory filings and works council procedures. The remote control activities, which are predominantly business-to-business, are excluded.

Philips CEO Frans van Houten said. "With this transaction we are taking another step in reshaping the Consumer Lifestyle portfolio and transforming Philips into the leading technology company in Health and Well-being. I am confident that today?s agreement with Funai, our partner for over 25 years, will create a promising future for Philips Audio, Video and Entertainment, and continuity for our customers. It will leverage Philips? strong brand, strength in innovation, and leadership position in these businesses, with Funai?s strong presence in North and Central America - and Japan, and its supply and manufacturing expertise."

Funai president, CEO, Tomonori Hayashi said. "This is truly an exciting time for us at Funai. This transaction will allow us to continue moving forward and grow as a global company. We will benefit from Philips? legendary know-how and innovation, as well as the excellent talent they have in place around the world, allowing us to work as a team to leverage and grow the Philips brand in Audio, Video and Entertainment. Additionally, this will give Funai the opportunity to meet our goal of expanding our business into markets including Brazil, Russia, India and China."

Philips Audio, Video, Multimedia and Accessories make up the Lifestyle Entertainment business group within Philips Consumer Lifestyle. This business group is headquartered in Hong Kong and employs approximately 2,000 people worldwide.

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