Deutz announced a further milestone in the repositioning of its portfolio as part of its Dual+ strategy: Torqeedo, the world’s leading manufacturer of outboard and inboard drives, will be sold to Yamaha Motor.
In 2017, Deutz acquired the specialist for electric boat drives in order to accelerate its electrification strategy for the core customer segments (especially construction equipment, agricultural machinery and material handling equipment) and expand Torqeedo’s technology and market leadership position in marine electromobility. Over the last few years, Deutz has successfully built an electric drive portfolio.
“The technology transfer, which was the initial goal we pursued when acquiring Torqeedo, has been achieved. In terms of market knowledge and scaling options, other partners are now better suited for Torqeedo on its way forward. We are pleased to have found such a strategic partner in Yamaha,” says Deutz CEO Sebastian C. Schulte. “For Torqeedo, the resulting change is a great opportunity. For Deutz, it is an important step towards repositioning our green division. To do this, we must systematically align our development efforts with the market and our customers’ needs. Only then we will be able to make money with our green products and build a profitable green ecosystem.”
Deutz had already announced its intention to find a better owner for Torqeedo at the Annual General Meeting last April. With Yamaha as its new owner, Torqeedo will gain access to a larger distribution network and a global service network. At the same time, Torqeedo will help Yamaha advance the transformation of marine drive technology and leverage supply chain synergies.
With approximately 230 employees, Torqeedo generated revenue of around €35 million in the first nine months of the 2023 financial year. The agreement is subject to the usual regulatory approvals. It is expected to be closed end of the first quarter of 2024. The proceeds from the sale, a higher double-digit million-euro amount, are expected to translate into a smaller double-digit million-euro book gain in Deutz’s financial statements for 2024.