Polaris Announces Sale of Transamerican Auto Parts to Wheel Professionals Backed by Clearlake Capital
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – June 17, 2022 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – Polaris Inc. (NYSE: IIP), the global powersports leader, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Transamerican Auto Parts (TAP) business to Wheel Pros, a designer, manufacturer and distributor of proprietary branded vehicle enhancements. replacement parts for light trucks, SUVs, passenger cars and ATVs/UTVs backed by Clearlake Capital Group, LP (together with its subsidiaries, “Clearlake”) and in partnership with management. The transaction includes TAP’s full portfolio of operations, including all brands, product lines, manufacturing operations, distribution facilities, more than 100 4 Wheel Parts outlets and more than 1,700 TAP employees.
“We have a clear vision to be the world leader in motorsports,” said Mike Speetzen, CEO of Polaris. “Our decision to divest TAP allows us to better capitalize on growing consumer interest and demand for our powersports offerings, while allowing Polaris to focus our time, people and resources on our core on-road businesses. , off-road and marine, as well as the parts, apparel and accessory brands that support these customers. Furthermore, it supports our long-term financial objectives and should have a positive impact on the EBITDA margin. TAP remains a leading omnichannel player in the Jeep and truck aftermarket, and we appreciate the contributions the team has made to Polaris.
The transaction is estimated to generate an additional $135 million in cash flow for Polaris in the second half of 2022. This includes the purchase price from the buyer and the realization of the cash tax benefits associated with the sale, less fees estimated transactions. The sale price, net of cash, debt and other costs, is estimated at $50 million. In 2021, Polaris’ Aftermarket segment generated $930 million in revenue, of which TAP business accounted for nearly $760 million. The transaction is expected to close early in the third quarter, subject to customary closing conditions.
In connection with the conclusion of a definitive agreement for the sale of TAP, the TAP business has met the accounting criteria to be classified as assets held for sale and discontinued operations. As part of the transaction, Polaris expects to record an impairment charge, net of tax, of approximately $140 million.
Baird acted as financial advisor and Jones Day acted as legal advisor to Polaris on the transaction.
As a global powersports leader, Polaris Inc. (NYSE: IIP) is at the forefront of product breakthroughs and rewarding experiences and services that have invited people to discover the joy of being outdoors since our founding in 1954. With annual sales of 8.2 billion dollars in 2021, Polaris’ premium product lineup includes the Polaris RANGER®, RZR® and Polaris GENERAL™ side-by-side off-road vehicles; Sportsman® all-terrain off-road vehicles; military and commercial off-road vehicles; snowmobiles; Indian Motorcycle® mid-size and heavy-duty motorcycles; Slingshot® motorcycle roadsters; Aixam quadricycles; Goupil electric vehicles; and pontoon and deck boats, including the industry-leading Bennington pontoons. Polaris enhances the riding experience with parts, apparel and accessories. Proudly based in Minnesota, Polaris serves over 100 countries worldwide. www.polaris.com
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