Brazil's Tupy set to buy Traton-owned motor maker MWM, shares soar

Trucks are parked at a yard of the manufacturing plant of International brand commercial trucks, owned by Navistar, in Escobedo, on the outskirts of Monterrey, Mexico, June 29, 2017. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril

SAO PAULO, April 18 (Reuters) - Brazilian auto parts company Tupy SA (TUPY3.SA) has signed a deal to buy motor maker MWM, formally known as International Industria Automotiva da America do Sul, Tupy said on Monday, sending its shares sharply higher.

The deal has an enterprise value of 865 million reais ($184.2 million), Tupy said in a securities filing.

MWM is owned by Navistar International Corp, a subsidiary of German-based vehicle maker Traton SE . It reported an operating net revenue of 2.7 billion reais in 2021, Tupy said.

The company manufactures engines for Brazilian, European and North American trucks, buses and machine makers, and also converts motors to allow them to run on natural gas, biodiesel, biogas and biomethane, Tupy said.

"This transaction is in line with Tupy's growth strategy both in current businesses, by adding value to its products, and in promoting viable decarbonization solutions, benefiting from the high potential for biofuels (in Brazil)," it added.

Shares in Tupy were up 8% at 18.11 reais in midday trading, outperforming Brazil's main stock index Bovespa (.BVSP), which fell 0.1%.

Analysts at BTG Pactual, which rates Tupy Buy, said the deal would enhance the company's value.

"We believe that the deal creates strategic value for Tupy, increasing its exposure to the decarbonization of the economy and to the aftermarket segment," they said.

Tupy said it is evaluating its capital allocation strategy to pay for the deal, taking into account third-party funding as well as its own resources. The payment will happen once the deal is closed.

The transaction requires approval from Brazil's antitrust watchdog CADE.

($1 = 4.6965 reais)

Reporting by Gabriel Araujo; Editing by Kirsten Donovan, Jan Harvey and Barbara Lewis

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