Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. is calling off its sale to India’s Apollo Tyres, unraveling a $2.2 billion deal announced just over six months ago.
Cooper said financing is no longer available, and it continues to claim, as it has for months, that Apollo breached the terms of the agreement.
Apollo said after the announcement Monday, which it called disappointing, that it may pursue legal remedies.
Both companies agreed to the sale in June, but things deteriorated rapidly. Negotiations with the union representing Cooper employees became a sticking point.
Apollo sought a better price, citing labor issues in China and weaker profit, which Cooper said was a stalling tactic. The Findlay, Ohio, company took its claim to a Delaware court, but a ruling last month found no breach of obligations on Apollo’s part.
Cooper Chairman and CEO Roy Armes said during a brief Monday morning webcast that Cooper never received a new offer from Apollo that came with committed financing and that presented “unreasonable risk” for his company.
Company executives vowed to pursue a reverse termination fee of $112.5 million and other possible damages. They do not believe the company owes Apollo a $50 million termination fee that was part of the initial agreement.
Cooper’s shares climbed 5.4 percent to $24.20.