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Continental AG

Continental is the 5th largest global automotive parts supplier behind Bosch, ZF, Magna and Denso (source: Automotive News, ranked by 2016 OEM automotive parts sales). Conti's business lines include automotive electronics, powertrain, displays, infotainment, brake, chassis and safety systems. The company also maintains a strong positioning in the markets for both OE and aftermarket tires, across the passenger car, light truck and commercial vehicle tire segments. CONGR's Automotive Group (60% of FY17 revenues) consists of the Chassis & Safety (22%), Interior (17%) and Powetrain (21%) divisions. It's Rubber group (40% of FY17 revenues) consists of Tires (26%) as well as ContiTech (14%), which specializes in rubber and plastics technology, with products ranging from conveyor belts to elastomer coatings. (09 Mar 2018)

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Michelin: Considering 7Y/12Y/20Y Eurobond Issuance

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Continental: Deflated Guidance

IG Note: 23 Aug 2018, 4:06 AM ET - Conti issued its second profit warning of 2018, which raises questions about management’s visibility on activities at the group and has wider implications for valuations of the Powertrain unit.

Continental 2Q18: Powering Towards Auto Realignment

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Continental: New Structure and Powertrain IPO

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IG Note: Continental-Prepping for Powertrain IPO?

IG Note: 19 Jun 2018, 12:24 PM ET - Fundamentally, we view a potential Powertrain IPO as neutral to slightly positive from a credit perspective. We maintain our Market perform recommendation on Continental bonds.

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