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2016-11-28

Bilia acquires large Toyota operation in Sweden

Toyota operation in Sweden

Gothenburg, Sweden, 2016-11-28 08:30 CET (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

Bilia has signed an agreement to acquire Metro Auto’s Toyota operation in
Sweden, MW Gruppen Stockholm AB. The business is run from five facilities:
three just south of Stockholm in Nacka, Haninge and Kungens Kurva, and one each
in Södertälje and Eskilstuna. The planned date of possession is 2 January 2017.
Annual turnover amounts to about SEK 700 M and the operating profit has
averaged SEK 28 M for the past two years. The number of employees amounts to
about 115. The operation’s capital employed, plus agreed-on surplus values,
amounts to about SEK 170 M. The agreement also includes acquisition of the five
properties housing the business, worth a total of about SEK 165 M. The deal
will increase the Bilia Group’s capital employed and net debt by a total of
about SEK 335 M.

The agreement is subject to approval by the Swedish Competition Authority.

In a comment Managing Director Per Avander says:

“It is very gratifying to be able to take the next step in our plan of growing
with Toyota. The business is well-managed and will create opportunities for
synergies with Bilia’s other Toyota operations in Sweden.”

Toyota Sweden’s Managing Director Xavier Heylen comments:

“We thank Metro Auto Group for their efforts on behalf of Toyota over the years
and the strong customer base they have built up. Toyota Sweden looks forward to
continued close cooperation with Bilia, and we are convinced that we can
together continue to strengthen Toyota’s position and create more satisfied
Toyota customers.”

Metro Auto Group’s chairman of the board Satu Wrede comments:

“We have had 13 fantastic years with the MW Group and its very skilled staff.
Together with Bilia the successful development of the company will continue.”

Gothenburg, 28 November 2016

Bilia AB (publ)

For further information, please contact Per Avander, Managing Director
and CEO, or
Gunnar Blomkvist, CFO, Bilia AB, Tel. +46 31 709 55 00.

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