UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of
The Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): August 31, 2017
China Automotive Systems, Inc.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)
|(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
|(Commission File Number)||(I.R.S. Employer|
No. 1 Henglong Road, Yu Qiao Development
Shashi District, Jing Zhou City
The People’s Republic of China
(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code (86) 27-8757 0027
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|Item 8.01||Other Events|
On August 31, 2017, China Automotive Systems, Inc. (the “Company”) issued a press release announcing that the special committee (the "Special Committee") of its Board of Directors (the "Board") previously formed to evaluate and consider a preliminary non-binding proposal submitted by Mr. Hanlin Chen (“Mr. Chen”) to the Board on May 14, 2017 (the “Original Proposal”) has received a revised non-binding proposal letter (the “Revised Proposal”), dated August 30, 2017, from Mr. Chen and Chariot Company (Cayman) Limited (together with its affiliates, “NHPEA”), to acquire all of the outstanding shares of common stock of the Company not already beneficially owned by Mr. Chen, Wiselink Holdings Limited, a company controlled by Mr. Chen, and Ms. Liping Xie, his wife (collectively, the “Chairman Parties”, and together with NHPEA, the “Buyer Group”), and their respective affiliates, for US$5.45 per share of common stock in cash. The Buyer Group and their affiliates currently beneficially own approximately 56.4% of the issued and outstanding shares of common stock of the Company on a fully diluted and as-converted basis. The Revised Proposal supersedes and replaces the Original Proposal in its entirety. The Revised Proposal is expressly conditioned on approval by the Special Committee and is subject to a non-waivable condition requiring approval by a majority vote of the Company's unaffiliated stockholders.
The press release is attached as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K.
|Item 9.01||Financial Statements and Exhibits|
|99.1||Press Release of China Automotive Systems, Inc. dated August 31, 2017.|
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the Company has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
|China Automotive Systems, Inc.|
|Date: August 31, 2017||By:||/s/ Hanlin Chen|