November 1, 2021
Stellantis Closes Previously Announced Acquisition of First Investors Financial Services Group
Company renamed to Stellantis Financial Services US Corp
Experienced leadership team to remain in place
AMSTERDAM – Stellantis N.V. (NYSE / MTA / Euronext Paris: STLA) (“Stellantis”) is pleased to announce completion of the acquisition of F1 Holdings Corp., parent company to First Investors Financial Services Group (“First Investors”) from an investor group led by Gallatin Point Capital LLC. The acquisition, previously announced on September 1, 2021, closed today at the agreed upon conditions and within the period indicated at signing.
First Investors, which has been renamed Stellantis Financial Services US Corp., will be the foundation for Stellantis to grow a full-service captive finance arm. Stellantis Financial Services will provide U.S. customers, dealers and partners with a complete range of financing options in the near-to-medium term, including retail loans, leases, and floorplan financing.
“With the acquisition of First Investors, we will quickly develop a captive financial arm in the United States, offering a complete range of products, for the benefit of our customers, our dealers, our brands and our shareholders,” said Philippe De Rovira, Chief Affiliates Officer for Sales Finance, Used Cars, Parts and Service and Retail Network.
“Acquiring First Investors supports the growth plan for Stellantis’ business in the United States,” said Richard Palmer, Chief Financial Officer of Stellantis. “This is a key strategic move to further extend our financial performance and create long-term value for Stellantis shareholders.”
“Enhancing customer experience is at the core of our mission,” said Tommy A. Moore Jr., CEO of Stellantis Financial Services US Corp. “Moving forward, we will leverage the strong commercial business in the United States to provide financing across the whole range of customers while looking to new emerging growth strategies, including mobility services, to expand our portfolio beyond the traditional vehicle sale.”
The executive management team, with an average tenure of 18 years in the financial industry, is expected to remain in place.
Stellantis is one of the world’s leading automakers and a mobility provider, guided by a clear vision: to offer freedom of movement with distinctive, affordable and reliable mobility solutions. In addition to the Group’s rich heritage and broad geographic presence, its greatest strengths lie in its sustainable performance, depth of experience and the wide-ranging talents of employees working around the globe. Stellantis leverages its broad and iconic brand portfolio, which was founded by visionaries who infused the marques with passion and a competitive spirit that speaks to employees and customers alike. Stellantis aspires to become the greatest, not the biggest while creating added value for all stakeholders as well as the communities in which it operates.
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