* Plans to trade under the symbol “RMYI”
* JPMorgan, Bank of America, UBS underwriting IPO
* To use proceeds to reduce debt, acquire businesses (Updates with history, DOE grant, lawsuit)
NEW YORK, March 25 (Reuters) - Auto parts maker Remy International Inc filed with U.S. regulators on Friday for an initial public offering of $100 million.
The Pendleton, Indiana-based company, which makes and sells starter motors, alternators and hybrid electric motors among other parts, plans to list under the symbol “RMYI,” according to the filing. It has yet to pick a stock exchange or provide further details of the IPO.
The company, known for the “Delco Remy,” “Remy” and “World Wide Automotive” brands, separated from General Motors Co (GM.N) in 1995 after mainly functioning as GM’s original equipment supplier for more than 70 years.
In 2009, Remy received a $60 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy for the commercialization of hybrid electric motor technology.
Earlier this month, Italian manufacturer Tecnomatic SpA sued Remy, saying it stole Tecnomatic’s proprietary stator technology and used it to apply for the grant on its own instead of in a partnership with the Italian company. Remy has called the claims wrong and an attempt to force the settlement of a complaint Remy filed against Tecnomatic in 2008.
In Friday’s filing, Remy said it planned to use the IPO proceeds for debt payments, acquisitions and expansion.
JPMorgan, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and UBS Investment Bank are underwriting the IPO. (Reporting by Rachel Chitra in Bangalore and Alina Selyukh in New York; editing by Joyjeet Das and Andre Grenon)