Power Electronics

Panasonic and SANYO Agree to Capital and Business Alliance

Panasonic Corporation and SANYO Electric Co., Ltd., upon the resolutions of the meetings of their respective Boards of Directors held on December 19, 2008, announced that they have entered into the Capital and Business Alliance Agreement. Panasonic will aim to acquire the majority of the voting rights of SANYO assuming full dilution by means of a public tender offer bid. Panasonic and SANYO will form a close alliance in business with the prospect of organizational restructurings of both companies.

Panasonic will commence the tender offer as soon as is practical, subject to, among other conditions, completion of the procedures and the measures that are necessary under domestic and overseas competition laws and regulations. It is expected to take a certain amount of time for the procedures of the regulatory authorities to be completed. Therefore, no later than around the end of February next year, the progress up to that time will be disclosed.

Panasonic and SANYO recognize that existing strategies must not only be accelerated, but also that drastic action is now required for further strengthening initiatives to achieve potential revenue and profit growth in the global economic recession stemming from the financial crisis as well as in the midst of intensified global competition.

Combining the accumulated technologies and manufacturing knowledge of both companies, Panasonic and SANYO believe that together they will evolve into a corporate group which will be highly admired globally by enhancing the quality of life for the people worldwide and becoming a business entity coexisting in harmony with the global environment. This will be done with the aim of maximizing both companies' corporate values by pursuing synergies between both companies further strengthening global competitiveness through this alliance.

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