Tower International sells Korean ops

Fri Dec 28, 2012 9:15am EST

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Dec 28 (Reuters) - Automobile parts maker Tower International Inc sold its South Korean operations to Seco, a privately owned Korean auto parts supplier, for about $47 million in cash.

Livonia, Michigan-headquartered Tower said Seco will also assume debt of about $98 million, representing a deal enterprise value of about $145 million.

The operations being sold include five manufacturing plants, a tooling plant and a technical center.

Shares of Tower International closed at $7.44 on Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange. The company's stock has shed about a third of its value in the last one year.

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