Renault Group and Nissan Motor Co., Ltd today announced that they have entered into the definitive agreements contemplated by the binding framework agreement executed and announced on February 6, 2023. The agreements focus on extending the Alliance collaboration in three areas:
High-value-creation operational projects in India, Latin America and Europe;
Enhanced strategic agility with new initiatives that partners can join;
Rebalanced Renault Group-Nissan cross-shareholdings and reinforced Alliance governance.
In the first area, the partners are considering new key projects in Latin America, India and Europe that aim to deliver win-win, large-scale and actionable benefits. Among these, Renault Group and Nissan have already announced their renewed commitment to Indian operations through new investment and vehicles.
In the second area of enhanced cooperation, the partners agreed to explore their existing strategies in electrification and low-emission technologies by investing and collaborating in respective member-company projects that could provide incremental value to each individual business.
As part of this cooperation, Nissan has confirmed its intention to become a strategic investor in Ampere, Renault Group’s new EV and software entity in Europe. Accordingly, Nissan has committed to invest in Ampere up to Euro 600 million consistent with being a strategic investor in Ampere and securing a board seat. This investment opportunity aligns with Nissan’s electrification strategy, creating multiple potential benefits and synergies that complement Nissan’s own goals and initiatives in Europe and other potential markets.
The definitive agreements also formalize the rebalancing of the Renault Group-Nissan cross-shareholdings and the reinforcement of the governance of the Alliance. Renault Group and Nissan entered into a new Alliance agreement that will replace the current agreements governing the Alliance (namely, the Restated Alliance Master Agreement, the Alliance Equity Participation Agreement and the Memorandum of Understanding of March 12, 2019).
As announced on February 6, 2023, Renault Group and Nissan will retain cross-shareholdings of 15% with lock-up and standstill obligations. Renault will transfer 28.4% of its Nissan shares into a French trust, where the entrusted shares will be voted neutrally, subject to limited exceptions. Renault Group would continue to fully benefit from the economic rights (dividends and proceeds of share sales) from the entrusted shares until such shares are sold. The transfer to the trust would trigger no impairment in Renault Group financial statements.
As a result of the transfer of the 28.4% of Nissan shares to the trust, Nissan would be able to exercise its voting rights attached to its shareholding in Renault Group. The voting rights of Renault Group and Nissan would be capped at 15% of the exercisable voting rights, with both companies able to freely exercise their voting rights within such limit.