Sep 10, 2009

September 10, 2009, Aurora, Ontario, Canada and Moscow, Russia Magna International Inc. (“Magna”) (TSX: MG.A, NYSE: MGA) and Savings Bank of the Russian Federation (“Sberbank”) (RTS: SBER, MICEX: SBER03) today announced that their joint offer to acquire a 55% interest in Adam Opel GmbH (“Opel”) has been selected by both General Motors Company (“GM”) and the Opel Trust as the preferred solution to address the future of Opel. Under the offer, the acquired 55% interest in Opel would be owned 50:50 by a Magna/Sberbank consortium (“Consortium”) with GM retaining a 35% interest and Opel employees acquiring 10% as part of a new labour framework. The offer contemplates a total equity investment by the Consortium of Euro 500 million over time.

"The Consortium is pleased that its plan for Opel has satisfied General Motors. Together with General Motors, Opel employees and Opel dealers, the Consortium will now work hard to lead Opel into a successful future,” said Siegfried Wolf, Magna’s Co-Chief Executive Officer and Herman Gref, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Sberbank. “Additionally, the Consortium is grateful to General Motors for the constructive atmosphere during the negotiations and to those parties which have provided their support for the Consortium's business plan, including in particular the German government."
Added Frank Stronach, Magna’s Chairman, “Upon the successful completion of the acquisition Magna will put in place appropriate “firewalls” to ensure a complete separation between its current auto parts business and Opel so that the confidential and proprietary information of its customers is fully protected.”

Completion of the purchase remains subject to finalization of definitive agreements and other conditions, including government-backed financing and regulatory approvals.


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Magna International Inc. is the most diversified global automotive supplier. Magna designs, develops and manufactures technologically advanced systems, assemblies, modules and components, and engineers and assembles complete vehicles, primarily for sale to original equipment manufacturers (“OEMs”) of cars and light trucks. The company’s  capabilities include the design, engineering, testing and manufacture of automotive interior systems; seating systems; closure systems; body and chassis systems; vision systems; electronic systems; exterior systems; power train systems; roof systems; as well as complete vehicle engineering and assembly.
Magna has approximately 71,000 employees in 247 manufacturing operations and 86 product development, engineering and sales centres in 25 countries.

Sberbank (Savings Bank of the Russian Federation) is the largest Bank in Russia, Central and Eastern Europe, with about 30% of the total assets of the Russian banking system and around 260 000 employees. The Central Bank of the Russian Federation is the founder and the majority shareholder of Sberbank (over 60% of the voting shares), with the rest of the shares dispersed among more than 200 thousand individuals and legal entities. The Bank has the most ramified branch network in Russia: 17 Regional Head Offices, over 20 thousand branches and banking outlets, as well as subsidiaries in Kazakhstan and Ukraine. The Bank holds the General License No. 1481, issued by the Central Bank of the Russian Federation.


Magna International Inc.
Vincent J. Galifi,
Executive Vice-President  
and Chief Financial Officer
+1 (905) 726-7100 

Anton Karamzin,
Deputy Chairman of the Board
and Chief Financial Officer
+ 7 (495) 957-5721