Car parts maker Valeo eyes selling unit to Raicam as part of FTE deal

PARIS, July 12 (Reuters) - Car parts maker Valeo is considering selling a hydraulic actuator business to Italian company Raicam in order to get regulatory clearance for its planned takeover of German clutch manufacturer FTE.

Valeo said on Wednesday that it had already started talks with Raicam over selling the passive, hydraulic actuator business to the Italian company, as part of its overall plans to get European Commission clearance for the FTE deal.

Last year, Valeo announced its takeover of FTE Automotive for 819 million euros ($939 million).

However, Valeo said the European Commission had since expressed doubts on competition within that particular market, leading to its decision to seek the sales deal with Raicam.

"If Valeo obtains clearance of the FTE transaction, the contemplated divestment could be finalized in the last quarter of 2017," Valeo added in a statement.

($1 = 0.8721 euros) (Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by Dominique Vidalon)