September 1, 2015 / 3:06 PM / 3 years ago

Canadian natgas engine maker Westport to buy Fuel Systems

Sept 1 (Reuters) - Canada’s Westport Innovations Inc , which develops motor vehicle engines that run on natural gas, agreed to buy U.S. peer Fuel Systems Solutions Inc in an all-stock deal to diversify from engines for trucks and buses.

The deal comes at a time when the two companies try to cope with narrowing spread between natural gas fuels and diesel, due to a steep fall in crude prices, discouraging customers from converting to vehicles run on natural gas.

Fuel Systems shareholders will receive 2.129 Westport shares for each share held, representing a 10 percent premium to Monday’s closing on the Nasdaq. The transaction works out to $7.54 per Fuel Systems share.

The merger would create a company with annual revenue of $380-$405 million in 2015, the companies said on Tuesday.

Westport focuses on engines for heavy-duty vehicles manufactured by companies including Volvo, Volkswagen and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Fuel Systems is geared toward light- and medium-duty products for customers including General Motors Co , Ford Motor Co and Mitsubishi Group. (Reporting by Amrutha Gayathri in Bengaluru)

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