Magna's (MGA) Seating Unit to Expand With VIZA Acquisition

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Magna International Inc.MGA is developing future-oriented vehicle seating solutions to cater to changing customer needs. Apart from developing solutions on its own, the company also signed an agreement to acquire VIZA Geca SL, a Spanish company that offers seat-structure expertise. Subject to regulatory approvals, the deal is expected to close by the end of first-quarter 2019.

With an experience of 73 years, VIZA's product portfolio consists of patented floor-latch systems and foldable seats, which are manufactured at its four production hubs. In 2017, the company generated sales of €125 million. It has various automakers as its customers. The existing customers include Volkswagen AG, Renault Nissan and PSA Group.

After closing the acquisition, VIZA's production hubs at Spain, Czech Republic, Morocco and Mexico, along with its 1,100 workforces, will be added to Magna's existing hubs. The addition will help the company's seating business to gain a competitive edge and bolster its growth with the help of VIZA's workforce expertise and hubs' presence. Magna's seating business has 50 manufacturing operations, and six research and development centers across the globe.

Magna International Inc. Price and Consensus

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With a shift toward mobility and autonomous vehicles, Magna believes that the requirement of seating solutions will also change. In order to gain from this change in requirement, Magna has been actively focusing to develop its seating business that requires an increased level of investment. In the last week, the company revealed its vision for an advanced seating platform. The platform focuses on offering the ideal user experience. The flexible vehicle interior will help passengers to carry cargo and interact with each other during a long ride.

In third-quarter 2018, Magna's seating systems unit generated $1.2 billion in sales on the back of product launches. In the near term, this segment's frequent launch of superior-quality products beside program management will likely drive sales. For 2018, the segment is projected to generate $5.4-$5.6 billion in sales.

Over the past 30 days, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for Magna's earnings in 2018 has moved 0.3% upward. Over the past three months, the company's stock has lost 19.6%, outperforming 30.1% decrease recorded by the industry it belongs to.

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