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January 28, 2014
08:15 EDTWHRWhirlpool to no longer pursue current refrigeration appeal after ITC ruling
Whirlpool Corporation announced that the company had achieved its goal of bringing unlawful appliance trade activity to the attention of the U.S. government. As a result, the company will no longer pursue the current refrigeration appeal following a favorable ruling from the U.S. Court of International Trade earlier this month. Earlier this month, Whirlpool won a favorable ruling from the U.S. Court of International Trade, in which the court agreed that significant errors were made in a 2012 trade remedy decision by the U.S. International Trade Commission. The case involved refrigerators imported from South Korea by LG and Samsung between 2008 and 2011. Whirlpool said, "Because of our actions, there is no longer any doubt that dumping occurred and is occurring, both for washers and refrigerators. We are encouraged that the Court ruled there were mistakes made by the Trade Commission in not finding injury in the refrigeration case, particularly after the Commission determined that U.S. appliance workers and consumers were harmed by foreign competitors' unlawful washer trade actions. Since we filed the refrigerator case, the U.S. marketplace, the products, prices and the countries of supply have changed. Rather than pursue an appeal based on outdated data, we will put our energies toward continuing to monitor the U.S. appliance marketplace, evaluating potentially faster and more effective paths to achieve trade remedies and, when necessary, taking actions to defend U.S. manufacturing, innovation and consumers."
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July 21, 2014
06:47 EDTWHRWhirlpool seeking ban on class action lawsuits over Energy Star, NY Times says
Whirlpool is asking Congress to ban class action lawsuits related to Energy Star, a federal program that is supposed to identify products that are energy efficient, according to The New York Times. The company is threatening to withdraw from the program is such a bill isn't passed, the newspaper stated. Class action lawsuits were filed against Whirlpool and other companies after it was revealed that many products identified as energy efficient by the program did not deserve the designation, the newspaper stated. A member of Congress whose district includes several Whirlpool factories has introduced legislation that would prohibit class action lawsuits related to Energy Star if the EPA makes its own remedies for the oversights, The Times reported. Reference Link
July 15, 2014
13:23 EDTWHRU.S. major home appliance shipments rose 11.3% in June, Bloomberg reports
The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers reported that U.S. shipments of major home appliances rose 11.3% in June to 7.51M units, Bloomberg reports. Shipments of washers, dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, ranges and ovens rose 7.9% to 4.4M units.
July 11, 2014
05:27 EDTWHRWhirlpool to acquire majority interest in Indesit for $15.06 per share
Whirlpool and Fineldo S.p.A. announce that they have entered into a binding agreement for the sale of Fineldo's stake in Indesit. Whirlpool also entered into binding share purchase agreements with members of the Merloni family for their Indesit shares. Under these agreements, Whirlpool would acquire shares representing a total of 66.8% of the voting stock of Indesit. Whirlpool currently intends to finance this transaction through cash on hand, together with private, domestic and international public debt financing. The acquisition of control of Indesit is subject to judicial and antitrust approvals and is expected to close by the end of 2014. In this transaction, Whirlpool simultaneously entered into share purchase agreements with Fineldo for a 42.7% stake in Indesit, certain members of the Merloni family for a 13.2% stake in Indesit, and Claudia Merloni for a 4.4% stake in Indesit. This total of 60.4% of Indesit stock capital represents a 66.8% voting stake in Indesit, in light of the treasury shares held by Indesit. The purchase price under all three Share Purchase Agreements is $15.06 per Indesit share, resulting in a total expected purchase price of $1.04B. Under the Fineldo Agreement, however, the purchase price is subject to a possible pre-closing downwards or upwards adjustment based on Indesit's consolidated average net debt and net working capital. The purchase price is based on Indesit's average net debt position for 2013. Either party's breach of its obligation to consummate the transaction or Fineldo's breach of its exclusivity obligations requires payment of at least $54.8M in liquidated damages.
05:22 EDTWHRWhirlpool to acquire majority interest in Indesit for $15.06 per share
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