Winnebago Industries Inc. today (Sept. 16) announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Newmar Corp., a manufacturer of Class A and Super C motorhomes for total consideration valued at approximately $344 million, based on the closing price of Winnebago stock on Sept. 13.
The consideration consists of $270 million in cash and a fixed amount of two million shares of Winnebago Industries stock, and represents a multiple of 5.2-times Newmar’s last 12 months, ended June 2019, adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, and certain non-recurring expenses (EBITDA), adjusted for the value of the tax assets and anticipated run-rate net synergies of $5 million.
According to a press release, for over 50 years Newmar has been a leader in the RV industry with a reputation for quality, innovation, and service that has enabled them to become the industry’s fastest growing brand of Class A motorhomes. The privately-owned company manufactures premium Class A luxury, diesel and gas, and Super C motorhomes and generated revenue of $661 million and an adjusted EBITDA of $55.2 million as of the last 12 months ended June 2019.
“Newmar’s dedication to manufacturing premium, high-end motorhomes makes it a natural fit with our portfolio of leading outdoor lifestyle brands and we look forward to welcoming Newmar to the Winnebago Industries family,” said Winnebago Industries President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Happe. “The acquisition of Newmar aligns with our strategy to strengthen and reenergize our motorized business by enhancing our position and capabilities in the motorhome market and building on the progress we have made driving growth and innovation across our offerings. Newmar has generated significant growth and tremendous market momentum over the past several years, driven by their reputation for quality, innovative offering and strong relationships with dealers and end customers.
“The addition of the Newmar brand will further differentiate Winnebago Industries, as our portfolio of Winnebago, Grand Design, Chris-Craft, and now Newmar brands provides customers with the highest quality, most innovative offerings across the RV and Marine industries. Newmar’s talented leadership team, high-quality dealer network, and premium motorhome offerings will enhance the scale and profitability of our overall motorhome business, provide a platform for future growth and drive significant value creation for our employees, customers, and shareholders.”
Newmar’s President Matthew Miller, commented, “Winnebago Industries has a deep heritage in the RV industry, and we are excited about the opportunity to join its portfolio of premium outdoor lifestyle brands. We look forward to working with the Winnebago Industries team to further enhance our growth trajectory, share best practices across our business, and continue delivering an incomparable product experience for our dealers and customers.”
Following the close of the transaction, Newmar will operate as a distinct business unit within Winnebago Industries with its headquarters and manufacturing facilities remaining in Nappanee, Ind. Miller will continue to lead the Newmar business post-closing as its president.
The transaction is expected to close in Winnebago Industries’ first quarter of fiscal 2020, subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.
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