WABCO Holdings Inc.

WABCO Holdings Inc.

January 12, 2016 06:30 ET

WABCO is Puzzled by the European Commission's Decision Against the Belgian Tax Authority

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM--(Marketwired - Jan. 12, 2016) - WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE:WBC) (www.wabco-auto.com), a leading innovator and global supplier of technologies that improve the safety and efficiency of commercial vehicles, said today that the company is puzzled by the European Commission's decision, issued on January 11, 2016, which concluded that certain long-established rules under Belgian tax legislation are now deemed to be incompatible with European Union regulations on state aid.

The European Commission's decision is against the Belgian state, and as a result, the Belgian government is now required to recover past tax benefits associated with their tax rules from applicable companies. The Belgian state has two months to decide whether it will appeal.

Headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, WABCO has always complied with tax laws in Belgium and elsewhere. However, WABCO may now be subject to action by the Belgian authorities based on the company's participation in this tax program since 2012. But, WABCO does not expect this matter to result in any cash taxes relating to 2015 or prior years due to the availability of net operating losses.

"WABCO complies with tax rules in every country where we do business and this is also certainly the case in Belgium," said Jacques Esculier, WABCO Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "We are perplexed that the European Commission has decided not only to override the Belgian tax code and declare that Belgian tax rules that were in place for more than a decade are now illegal, but also to require the Belgian government to recover tax charges retroactively."

"WABCO will continue to monitor developments, particularly taking into account the reactions of the Belgian authorities, and explore all avenues to protect the best interests of our shareowners," added Esculier.


WABCO (NYSE:WBC) is a leading innovator and global supplier of technologies that improve the safety and efficiency of commercial vehicles. Founded nearly 150 years ago, WABCO continues to pioneer breakthrough products and systems for braking, stability, suspension, transmission automation, and aerodynamics. Today, all of the world's leading truck, bus and trailer manufacturers have WABCO technologies onboard. In addition, WABCO provides the industry with advanced fleet management solutions and aftermarket services. WABCO reported sales of $2.9 billion in 2014. The company is headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, and has 11,000 employees worldwide.

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