It has been done. The announcement was a bit earlier in the year than I expected actually. Last week Samsung announced their acquisition of Harman had been completed. Harman stock was delisted on the NYSE as of March 13. It is complete.
Within all the press release stuff, I want you to notice something. Samsung’s Chief Strategy Officer calls out Harman’s commercial AV strength’s; ” bringing together Harman’s iconic audio brands and capabilities paired with Samsung’s leading display technologies will deliver enhanced audio and video experiences to consumers and professional end markets.”
There was a great deal of hay made about the automotive side of the purchase when it was announced. To be certain, that is a huge part of what this new company will focus on. Mainly because that is where a great deal of revenue can be garnered. Take a look at this graphic from the Samsung announcement.
I see a connected car making up the bulk of what this new company’s focus will be. There are also personal devices, home/residential, and a big giant stadium (i.e. professional AV). This includes control, lighting, and display.
No one knows the future so we can’t sit here today and say Samsung will do this or that. Reading the comments and looking at the possibilities for future growth, it appears that Harman, their employees, and integrators will do well with this new relationship over the long term.
(Editor’s note: Harman International is an underwriter of AVNation. Samsung is not.)
Here’s the full text of the announcement.
Samsung Electronics Completes Acquisition of HARMAN
“Today is a historic moment for us. The close of this transaction opens the door to create substantial growth opportunities and deliver greater benefits for customers worldwide,” said Young Sohn, President and Chief Strategy Officer of Samsung Electronics, and Chairman of the Board, HARMAN. “We see transformative opportunities in the car – and a future which seamlessly connects lifestyle across automotive, home, mobile and work. Samsung’s and HARMAN’s leadership in these spaces perfectly positions Samsung to be the preferred partner to our OEM customers. In addition, bringing together HARMAN’s iconic audio brands and capabilities paired with Samsung’s leading display technologies will deliver enhanced audio and video experiences to consumers and professional end markets. And most importantly, we are enthusiastic about our common vision, the similarities in our culture of innovation, and the added value we can create for customers. We look forward to working with all of HARMAN’s employees to execute on our vision.”
“We are excited to have completed the transaction, which provides compelling cash value to our stockholders, benefits our customers and provides new opportunities for our employees,” said Dinesh Paliwal, HARMAN President and CEO. “Samsung shares our commitment to our customers and our culture of speed, innovation and execution. Samsung provides HARMAN with the scale, platform and complementary technologies to accelerate growth and extend our global market leadership in automotive, smart audio and connected technologies. Recognizing the importance of partnerships in an increasingly connected world, particularly in automotive, we are poised to leverage our combined teams and resources to produce even greater value for our customers. Working closely with automakers and other technology companies, Samsung and HARMAN will define – and drive – the future of automotive.”
In connection with the completion of the transaction, HARMAN’s common stock will cease trading prior to market open on March 13, 2017 and will be delisted from the New York Stock Exchange. HARMAN will operate as a standalone Samsung subsidiary, overseen by a Board of Directors led by Mr. Sohn. Mr. Paliwal will remain CEO of HARMAN, leading the Company with his management team, and will continue to serve as a member of its Board. Samsung is retaining HARMAN’s work force, headquarters and facilities, as well as all of its consumer and professional audio brands.