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Saab completes Kockums acquisition

Written by Nick Blenkey
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In addition to submarines, the Kockums portfolio includes the Visby class stealth frigate

JULY 23, 2014 — Saab has completed its acquisition of Swedish shipbuilder Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems AB and restored its historic Kockums branding as Saab Kockums, a unit within Saab’s business area Security and Defense Solutions. Saab expects that operations will continue to be carried out primarily in Malmø, Karlskrona and Muskø. As well as submarines, its product line includes the Visby class stealth frigate.

In June, Saab and FMV signed a Letter of Intent regarding the Swedish armed forces’ underwater capabilities. With the acquisition of the shipyard, Saab, together with the Swedish authorities, is able to ensure access to the existing knowledge and intellectual properties (IPR) necessary for continued development, production and maintenance in the underwater sector for both the Swedish and the international markets.

“The acquisition is in line with our strategy to expand our offering and strengthen Saab’s position in the market for naval systems. Kockums has a unique offering and a strong local presence in Sweden concerning submarines and warships. The acquisition makes us a complete supplier of naval military systems. We also see good potential to expand the company’s current market position through opportunities in the export market,” says Håkan Buskhe, President and CEO of Saab.

“We are now beginning the integration of Kockums with Saab, focusing on reaching full capacity and we are starting work immediately with the orders placed by Sweden as well as deliveries to other existing customers. This will be followed by efforts to increase operational efficiency and profitability. This is key in order to be globally competitive in the long term. There are also good synergies to achieve with Saab’s current naval operations,” says Gunilla Fransson, head of Saab’s business area Security and Defense Solutions.

Saab Kockums designs, builds and maintains naval systems such as submarines and surface vessels. Other successful products include the air-independent Stirling propulsion system, submarine rescue vehicles and mine countermeasures systems. The company has approximately 850 employees and supplies systems and products to the navies of Sweden, Australia and Singapore. During the financial year 2012/2013, TKMS AB reported sales of approximately SEK 1.7 billion (2011/2012: SEK 1.9 billion) and income from operations of approximately SEK 34 million (2011/2012: SEK 13 million).

The cost of the acquisition, which is financed by existing funds, amounted to SEK 340 million. The impact of the transaction on Saab’s results for 2014 is not considered to be significant.

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