According to a Dana press release, FTC seeks information regarding a dozen product areas where there is material competitive overlap between ArvinMeritor and Dana, including medium- and heavy-duty axles; axle components and systems; foundation, S-cam, and disc brakes; driveshafts; and air and oil filters.
"From the outset, we said that ArvinMeritor's tender offer raises serious antitrust issues and was likely to attract intensive scrutiny from government regulatory authorities," said Dana chairman & CEO Joe Magliochetti. "Dana and ArvinMeritor are currently the only substantial North American producers of axles, driveshafts and foundation brakes for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, with combined market shares ranging from 80% to 100%."
ArvinMeritor said that the request is not unusual for transactions of this kind and that the scope of the request was expected.
This request extends the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act, during which FTC is permitted to review the proposed transaction.