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Fiat Chrysler to Sell Comau to Focus More on Core Business

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Per Bloomberg, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCAU - Free Report) is mulling over selling its robotics arm, Comau, for $1.7 billion to $2.3 billion. Notably, the sale of its non-core business will allow it to concentrate more on manufacturing and selling of vehicles. Given the present problems faced by automakers due to trade face-offs, waning vehicle sales in China and stringent regulations, the company is reorienting its business.

Fiat Chrysler is engaged in designing, engineering, manufacturing, distributing and selling of vehicles and components production systems. In order to become fully compliant with emissions regulations, this seventh largest automaker in the world chalked out a plan in June to invest €9 billion (£7.88 billion) in electric and hybrid vehicles over the next five years.

However, the final decision has not been taken yet on the sale of the unit that manufactures automated systems and industrial robots. People familiar with the development stated that the sale process could start in early 2019 and it could attract bidders from China.

In the past year, Fiat Chrysler has outperformed the industry it belongs to. The company’s shares have declined 1.9% over this period, whereas the industry plunged 23.9%.

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Currently, Fiat Chrysler has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

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Allison Transmission has an expected long-term growth rate of 10%. Over the past six months, shares of the company have surged 11.3%.

Fox Factory has an expected long-term growth rate of 17.2%. Over the past six months, shares of the company have risen 67.7%.

AutoZone has an expected long-term growth rate of 12.2%. Over the past six months, shares of the company have risen 29.4 %.

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