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News   June 2, 2021   by Christine Hogg

Standard Motor Products acquires Trombetta

Standard Motor Products, Inc.  has acquired all of the capital stock of Trumpet Holdings, Inc., a Delaware corporation (more commonly known as “Trombetta”), for $108 million, subject to certain post-closing adjustments.

Trombetta is a worldwide leader in providing power switching and power management products to OE customers in various markets. Trombetta generates approximately $60 million in annual revenue, and has manufacturing facilities in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, and Tijuana, Mexico, as well as a majority ownership in a joint venture in Wuxi, China.

SMP will fund the acquisition in cash through borrowings under its revolving credit facility. It is anticipated that the acquisition will be accretive to earnings in 2021.

“We are very pleased to announce this acquisition. Founded in 1932, Trombetta has a long history of supplying high-quality products to a broad group of blue-chip OE customers across multiple commercial vehicle and off-highway channels, including heavy truck, construction, agricultural, electric vehicle and power sports markets,” said Eric Sills, Standard Motor Products’ Chief Executive Officer and President. “This acquisition fits very well with our strategy to expand beyond our core aftermarket business into related markets, and is highly complementary with our recent Pollak acquisition.”

He continued:

“Trombetta’s product portfolio includes well-established electromechanical parts such as contactors and voltage regulators, along with cutting edge electronic
components including various electronic controls and CAN bus-enabled devices. Importantly, few of Trombetta’s products are powertrain-related and thus are unaffected by the shift from internal combustion engines. We believe that in the future we will be able to leverage these technologies in our aftermarket business.

“This acquisition also provides us with an increased global manufacturing footprint, additional engineering talent, a well-connected sales organization, and a strong and seasoned leadership team. We believe that the combination of Trombetta, along with the business we have already built in these markets, will create a critical
mass that can be a powerful force for growth. It will also provide enhanced capabilities for SMP’s core aftermarket business. We welcome Trombetta and its roughly 300 employees to the SMP family.”

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