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  • Mon, Dec. 5, 2:41 AM
    • Panasonic (OTCPK:PCRFY) is in discussions to buy Austrian headlight manufacturer ZKW in a deal expected to cost up to around ¥100B ($885M).
    • Should it go ahead, the buyout could be finalized by mid-December, according to Nikkei.
    • The purchase would expand Panasonic's presence in automotive electronics, an industry undergoing rapid change amid progress in self-driving and electric vehicles.
    | Mon, Dec. 5, 2:41 AM
  • Wed, Nov. 9, 1:08 PM
    • ViaSat (NASDAQ:VSAT) is zooming, +8.7%, and Gogo (NASDAQ:GOGO) is sliding 4.5% as American Airlines boosts its order with ViaSat to include faster Wi-Fi for 500 more domestic aircraft.
    • American had split an order between the two this summer: 100 new Boeing 737 Max planes to be outfitted by ViaSat, and 130 Airbus A319s and A320s to get Gogo's 2Ku satellite service. But Gogo warned this summer that some 550 planes were "subject to deinstallation at any time at American's option."
    • Gogo will still be deploying on other domestic aircraft, American says, and Panasonic (OTCPK:PCRFY) will keep servicing the international wide-body aircraft.
    • Gogo calls the move "old news" and says "it doesn't change our business outlook and financial guidance."
    | Wed, Nov. 9, 1:08 PM | 4 Comments
  • Thu, Nov. 3, 12:22 PM
    • Combination of InvenSense (NYSE:INVN) fabrication and MEMS-based motion tracking devices with Panasonic's (OTCPK:PCRFY) established automotive channels and development insight highlighted.
    • InvenSense: "We are proud to collaborate with Panasonic. This joint partnership enables Panasonic and InvenSense to bring to market the best 6-axis inertial device for automotive safety applications, enabling our customers with increased installation flexibly, higher utilization and improved performance. Soaring demand for advanced sensor systems to support automated driving systems and big-data analytics is imperative as the market goes through a technology consumerization."
    • Press release
    | Thu, Nov. 3, 12:22 PM | 5 Comments
  • Wed, Nov. 2, 1:51 PM
    • Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) expects to be on the hook to Panasonic (OTCPK:PCRFY, OTCPK:PCRFF) for $1.7B to cover electric vehicle battery cells produced at the Gigafactory complex in Reno. The update, which was posted in a fresh SEC filing, is consistent with the prior estimate on battery costs.
    • Panasonic cut guidance earlier this week in order to adjust for earlier investments in the Gigafactory to account for the demand it anticipates.
    • "We see the rechargeable battery business as the biggest growth driver. So we are aggressively making upfront and strategic investment here," noted Panasonic exec Kazuohiro Tsuga on the development.
    • Of course, Tesla has been very clear that scaling up the Gigafactory is a crucial part of the Master Plan.
    • Tesla SEC 10-Q dive: "Based solely on certain preliminary assumptions made at the time the arrangement was entered into in 2014 for purposes of reference and further ongoing discussion as of September 30, 2016, the potential battery cell purchases that we may have to make from Panasonic pursuant to and during the term of the one investment agreement existing at September 30, 2016 would equal approximately $1.7 billion in the aggregate."
    | Wed, Nov. 2, 1:51 PM | 103 Comments
  • Mon, Oct. 17, 7:06 AM
    • Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) announces it will collaborate with Panasonic (OTCPK:PCRFY, OTCPK:PCRFF) on manufacturing photovoltaic cells and modules from a production site in Buffalo.
    • The company plans to use the cells for a solar energy system that works with the Powerwall and Powerpack products.
    • The venture is contingent on the SolarCity merger closing.
    • Tesla blog post
    | Mon, Oct. 17, 7:06 AM | 101 Comments
  • Wed, Sep. 28, 10:52 AM
    • Facing faster rollouts from competitors including ViaSat (VSAT +0.4%), Panasonic (OTCPK:PCRFY -0.9%) and Global Eagle (ENT +0.1%), airborne Internet firm Gogo (GOGO +2.4%) is working on overhauling its burdened network, but it will take a couple of years.
    • An upgrade to its ground-based systems will call for new equipment all around, and therefore won't be ready until 2018. Newer competitors are stealing a bit of Gogo's thunder by launching faster (and cheaper) than what's available on Gogo's pioneering platform, which began building out even before the introduction of the iPhone.
    • An upgrade based on LTE wireless technology should deliver 100 Mbps to each plane, vs. Gogo's current ground-heavy system that delivers about 10 Mbps to the plane (shared among all passengers).
    • Meanwhile, Gogo must work to hold customers as satellite solutions (including its own) take hold. Shares have fallen 29.4% YTD.
    • It's been one of the most shorted stocks in the Russell 3000.
    • Release: Gogo announces its next-generation ground network
    | Wed, Sep. 28, 10:52 AM | 2 Comments
  • Fri, Aug. 26, 1:13 PM
    • Inmarsat (OTCPK:IMASY) and Deutsche Telekom (OTCQX:DTEGY) are teaming to give significantly higher Internet speeds to European air travelers, one of three deals aiming to help Europe catch up to the U.S. on airborne wireless.
    • The two will combine their satellites and ground towers to get connectivity to some Lufthansa flights, in what they say is a seamless service approach at lower cost than those relying on one or the other approach.
    • ViaSat (NASDAQ:VSAT) is planning an entry it says will be even faster than the Inmarsat/Deutsche Telekom offering after it launches new satellites in 2017 and 2019, though Inmarsat thinks price is the key for consumers: “Wi-Fi on board will be free, and telcos and airlines will offer it as an add-on in five to 10 years’ time in order to gain passenger loyalty,” says CEO Rupert Pearce.
    • Panasonic (OTCPK:PCRFY) also plans to increase coverage with the launch of its own device.
    • Travelers can hit up the Internet on about 75% of flights in the U.S., but global penetration for onboard Wi-Fi is around 3%, says Iridium's Brian Pemberton.
    | Fri, Aug. 26, 1:13 PM
  • Fri, Jul. 8, 7:52 AM
    • Panasonic (OTCPK:PCRFY, OTCPK:PCRFF) expects to double sales of lithium ion batteries for electric vehicles inside of three years.
    • A top exec forecasts sales of ¥400B ($3.98B) in FY19, underpinned by Panasonic's supplier deal with Tesla Motors.
    | Fri, Jul. 8, 7:52 AM
  • Mon, Jun. 20, 2:59 PM
    • Panasonic (OTCPK:PCRFY, OTCPK:PCRFF) will begin to produce batteries for Tesla (TSLA +2.6%) at the Gigafactory ahead of schedule, according to a report from the Nikkei Asian Review.
    • Nikkei reports that the Nevada plant is set to open in July, with power cell production to begin in November. That's a quicker timetable than the early 2017 ramp up in battery production that some anticipated.
    • A Panasonic executive is quoted as saying that the company is likely to invest more than $1.6B in the plant in order to speed up production and avoid delaying the Tesla assembly line.
    | Mon, Jun. 20, 2:59 PM | 89 Comments
  • Wed, Jun. 8, 5:30 AM
    • Elon Musk took to Twitter late Tuesday to dismiss reports stating Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) was in talks with Samsung SDI (OTC:SSDIY) to supply batteries for its upcoming "affordable" sedan.
    • "Would like to clarify that Tesla is working exclusively with Panasonic (OTCPK:PCRFY) for Model 3 cells," the billionaire said in a tweet.
    • Earlier rumors also suggested that Samsung and Tesla might be discussions to supply cells for the latter's energy storage products, such as Powerwall, but Musk didn't address the topic.
    | Wed, Jun. 8, 5:30 AM | 125 Comments
  • Tue, Jun. 7, 11:44 AM
    • Samsung SDI (OTC:SSDIY, OTC:SSNLF) rose sharply in trading in Seoul today after more reports emerged indicating that the company is in advanced talks with Tesla Motors on a battery supply deal.
    • Samsung SDI declined to confirm to the Korea Herald if a deal with Tesla is about to be struck.
    • Shares of Panasonic (OTCPK:PCRFF, OTCPK:PCRFY) fell in Tokyo by about 2% on Monday, but tracked back higher by 1% today.
    • Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) is up 4.95% to a session high of $231.63. Ron Baron was talking up Tesla on CNBC this morning (nothing new) on top of the battery news.
    • Previously: Tesla Motors brings in battery cells from Samsung (June 2)
    | Tue, Jun. 7, 11:44 AM | 202 Comments
  • Thu, Mar. 10, 3:50 PM
    • Porsche (OTCPK:VLKAY) is considering offers from Panasonic (OTCPK:PCRFY, OTCPK:PCRFF) and Robert Bosch on building long-range batteries for its electric vehicles initiative.
    • A battery deal would be a major step forward for Porsche's Mission E Concept which is viewed by some as a potential threat to Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA). In an early look at the Mission concept, Porsche showed off (or claimed) similar stylings, performance, range, speed, and charging times as the Model S.
    • Parent Volkswagen has pushed down hard on the EV pedal since the diesel emissions scandal broke last fall.
    | Thu, Mar. 10, 3:50 PM | 94 Comments
  • Tue, Jan. 5, 7:16 AM
    • Bayer AG (OTCPK:BAYRY) closes its previously announced sale of its Diabetes Care business to Panasonic Healthcare Holdings, a company backed financially by investment firm (NYSE:KKR) and the Panasonic Corporation (OTCPK:PCRFY)(OTCPK:PCRFF). The value of the deal was €1B (JPY 132B). The stand-alone organization, headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, will do business as Ascensia Diabetes Care Holdings.
    • Previously: Bayer to sell diabetes unit to Panasonic Healthcare (June 10, 2015)
    | Tue, Jan. 5, 7:16 AM
  • Dec. 21, 2015, 7:18 AM
    • Ingersoll-Rand (NYSE:IR) says it will sell its remaining equity interest in Hussmann Parent as part of a transaction in which Panasonic (OTCPK:PCRFY) is acquiring 100% of Hussmann's shares.
    • The company expects to receive net proceeds of approximately $400M from transaction, which is anticipated to close in the first half of 2016.
    • Previously: Panasonic to take stake in Hussmann (Dec. 21 2015)
    | Dec. 21, 2015, 7:18 AM
  • Dec. 21, 2015, 6:37 AM
    • Panasonic (OTCPK:PCRFY) has agreed to buy a majority stake in Hussmann, a U.S. refrigeration systems maker, from private equity firm Clayton Dubilier & Rice.
    • The deal is said to be priced at over ¥150B ($1.2B).
    • After exiting unprofitable product lines in smartphones and semiconductors, Panasonic has been shifting to growth areas such as automotive and advanced technologies that earn higher profit margins.
    | Dec. 21, 2015, 6:37 AM
  • Oct. 28, 2015, 12:02 PM
    • Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) will use LG Chemical (OTC:LGCLF, OTC:LGCEY) for battery upgrades on the Roadster model.
    • Though the Roadster is no longer produced by Tesla, the cooperation between the two companies could give Tesla some leverage with Panasonic (OTCPK:PCRFF, OTCPK:PCRFY) as the gigfactory prepares to ramp up.
    • LG Chem is already a supplier to the Volt EV and will build batteries for the new all-electric Bolt.
    • Previously: GM finds a tech partner for Bolt EV (Oct. 20 2015)
    | Oct. 28, 2015, 12:02 PM | 195 Comments