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Spartan Motors Acquires Smeal Fire Apparatus

Tue Dec 13, 2016

145512840627028.pngCHARLOTTE, Michigan - Spartan Motors, Inc. has announced its wholly-owned subsidiary, Spartan Motors USA, Inc., has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Smeal Fire Apparatus Co., an innovator and manufacturer of fire apparatus in North America, and its subsidiaries for $36.3 million, subject to certain net working capital adjustments, the company’s forgiveness of certain liabilities owed by Smeal to the company and a subsequent tax gross-up payment, which is expected to be more than offset by tax benefits accruing to the company.

The acquisition will enable Spartan Motors to strengthen its Emergency Response business, gain scale and geographic reach in the industry and accelerate its Emergency Response business unit turnaround plan. The transaction is expected to close in January 2017, subject to customary closing conditions.

Smeal is expected to generate 2016 revenues of approximately $100 million, which includes approximately $30 million of Spartan chassis sold to Smeal. The newly combined Spartan Emergency Response business unit will rank as one of the top-four North American fire apparatus manufacturers and will be well positioned, in an increasingly consolidating industry, to provide a robust and respected portfolio of leading products, services and technologies, according to a press release.

Today, Spartan’s Emergency Response business unit engineers and builds fire truck cabs and chassis for many of the industry’s leading original equipment manufacturers, including Smeal, as well as designs and manufactures complete fire apparatus. The acquisition of Smeal is a logical next step in the longstanding relationship between the two companies, which spans more than 30 years.

“We look forward to adding Smeal’s industry-leading product portfolio and manufacturing expertise to Spartan’s, while expanding on a decades-long successful partnership,” Spartan Motors President and CEO Daryl Adams says. “We expect the acquisition to be accretive to earnings in 2017 and bring significant scale to our Emergency Response vehicle portfolio, which will help accelerate the turnaround of the Spartan Emergency Response business unit. It also expands the geographic reach of our dealers, benefits all of our customers by expanding our product offerings and brings an additional portfolio of leading technology and expertise to the market.

“We are pleased that Smeal chose Spartan Motors as their partner to carry on their brand’s legacy, as we take our supplier relationship to the next level. Spartan Motors is prepared to lead the consolidation charge in the fire apparatus market as strategic opportunities present themselves, and this acquisition represents a deliberate and strategic decision to accelerate the turnaround of Spartan’s Emergency Response business unit. Importantly, we also preserve a large, longstanding chassis customer relationship and protect the interests of their dealer channel, as we expand our dealer network across the U.S. and Canada and simultaneously accelerate our goal of becoming the leader in the fire apparatus market.”

Founded in 1955, Snyder, Nebraska-based Smeal and its subsidiaries, U.S. Tanker Co. and Ladder Tower Co., are leaders and innovators in fire truck manufacturing and vehicle technology, offering a full line of aerial ladders and platforms (including Squrt, TeleSqurt and Snorkel), tractor-drawn aerials (TDAs), pumpers, stainless steel tankers and wildland urban interface vehicles. Today, Smeal operates facilities located in Snyder and Neligh, Nebraska; Delavan, Wisconsin; and Ephrata, Pennsylvania.

“Spartan Motors is the perfect fit for Smeal, our customers, our employees and our operational leadership team, as we combine with a proven ally and industry leader to help solidify our future and preserve the legacy of the Smeal organization,” Smeal Chairman of the Board Rod Cerny says. “As part of a larger, profitable and well-capitalized public company, we will have the working capital necessary to ensure continued investment in product development and make sure the Smeal brand is able to deliver the exceptional products and service our dealers, departments and municipality customers have come to expect.”

Acquisition Highlights:

• The acquisition is a positive and compelling strategic fit for both companies and is an important step in securing the company’s market leadership in an increasingly consolidating industry
• The acquisition is expected to be accretive to earnings for Spartan Motors in 2017 through a combination of operating efficiency efforts and synergies
• Smeal’s (including U.S. Tanker Co. and Ladder Tower Co.) notably superior aerial ladder, platform and TDA product portfolio enhances and complements Spartan’s and brings industry-leading product technology to an important, high-performance product subset
• The combined company will have 47 dealers in 44 states, 10 provinces and 3 territories, giving Spartan Emergency Response the ability to serve customers in the entire U.S. and all of Canada
• Smeal is expected to add approximately $70 million in annual revenue (excludes $30 million of Spartan chassis sold to Smeal) to the company’s Emergency Response segment and positions Spartan Emergency Response as one of the top-four fire apparatus manufacturers in the U.S. and Canada
• Smeal is expected to generate positive EBITDA in 2016
• The transaction will be initially financed with Spartan Motors’ recently amended $100 million line of credit

“We are proud of this significant milestone for Spartan’s Emergency Response business and welcome Smeal’s knowledgeable and respected operational management team and employees to the Spartan Motors family,” Adams says. “This transaction will bring together some of the best talent in the industry and provides an opportunity for all employees to pursue a broader and more diverse career path.”

For more information regarding this transaction, visit www.spartanmotors.com/smeal.

The company also will host a conference call and webcast on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 9 a.m. ET to discuss the acquisition with analysts and institutional investors. Daryl Adams, Chief Executive Officer, and Rick Sohm, Chief Financial Officer, will participate on the call.

The conference call and webcast will be available via:

Webcast: www.spartanmotors.com (Click on “Investor Relations” then “Webcasts & Transcripts”)
Conference Call: 844-868-8845 (domestic) or 412-317-6591 (international); passcode: 10097929

If you are unable to participate during the live webcast, the call will be archived at www.spartanmotors.com (Click on “Investor Relations” then “Webcasts & Transcripts”).