Philips transfers control of mobile phone business to China's CEC

13 Oct 2006

(Associated Press via NewsEdge) Dutch electronics giant Philips signed an agreement to transfer its remaining mobile phone activities to China Electronics Corp.

The company didn't disclose financial details of the deal.

CEC will take over the responsibility for Philips' mobile phones business, which has an annual turnover of approximately 400 million euros ($501.7 million) and about 240 employees, mainly in the Asia-Pacific region and Eastern Europe.

CEC will gain a license to market and sell mobile phones under the Philips brand across the world for the coming five years.

The transaction is subject to due diligence, government and regulatory approval and will probably be completed by the end of the year.

Philips CEO Gerard Kleisterlee has said he wants to focus on the company's health care and lifestyle products after the company announced in August that it was selling an 80.1% stake in its semiconductor unit to a group of private equity firms.

Philips plans to return 4 billion euros ($5.1 billion) to shareholders by the end of 2007 through a combination of dividends and share repurchases and will also look for chances to invest in 'additional opportunities for high-margin growth, both organically and through acquisitions.'

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