Motorola’s Board of Directors has commenced a process to create two independent, publicly-traded companies. The move follows evaluation of the structural and strategic realignment of the company’s businesses and represents affirmative steps to position its Mobile Devices and Broadband & Mobility Solutions businesses for success, while creating value for all Motorola shareholders.
Based on current plans, the creation of the two stand-alone businesses is expected to take the form of a tax-free distribution to Motorola’s shareholders, subject to further financial, tax and legal analysis, resulting in shareholders holding shares of two independent and publicly-traded companies.
The Mobile Devices business is an industry leader in multi-mode, multi-band communications products and technologies, while the Broadband & Mobility Solutions business includes Motorola’s Enterprise Mobility, Government and Public Safety, and Home and Networks businesses. The company expects that the separation of its businesses, if consummated, would take place in 2009.