Orbital sells off 12% of Synerject

25/02/2013 - 15:45

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Orbital sells off 12% of Synerject

Engine and fuel technology group Orbital Corporation has sold a 12 per cent stake in its Synerject LLC fuel injection systems joint venture to partner Continental Corporation for $US6 million.

Under terms of the deal, Continental will take its stake in Synerject to 70 per cent, with Orbital retaining the remaining interest.

Orbital said it would record a before tax profit of $US1.5 million on the sale.

Chief executive Terry Stinson said the sale would increase the company’s cash reserves to around $10 million.

“The $US6 million will be used to support our growth aspirations including; existing unmanned aerial systems programs; expansion into new UAS markets and products; alternative fuel programs; other new product development; capital management; and potential acquisitions that fit within our strategy,” Mr Stinson said in a statement.

At close of trade today, Orbital shares were down 2.78 per cent, trading at 35 cents. 

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