PHOENIX, March 4, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cavco Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq:CVCO) today announced that the U.S. Bankruptcy Court approved a subsidiary of Cavco as the successful bidder for the assets of Palm Harbor Homes, Inc., at an auction conducted under Section 363 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. Palm Harbor is a manufacturer and marketer of factory-built housing and a provider of related consumer financing and insurance products.
A newly-formed subsidiary of Fleetwood Homes will purchase substantially all of Palm Harbor's assets comprising its manufactured and modular housing construction and retail businesses and all of the outstanding stock of its insurance and finance subsidiaries, and to assume certain liabilities of Palm Harbor. Cavco and Third Avenue Value Fund (TAVFX) each owns 50% of Fleetwood Homes. Third Avenue Management, the investment adviser to Third Avenue Value Fund, is a New York-based company with expertise in value and distressed investing.
As previously reported, Palm Harbor and certain of its subsidiaries filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on November 29, 2010. Shortly thereafter, Fleetwood Homes provided a $50 million debtor-in-possession credit facility to Palm Harbor. On March 1, 2011, Fleetwood Homes' subsidiary was selected as the successful bidder in the court auction with a winning bid of $83.9 million, subject to certain post-closing adjustments and customary conditions to closing. At the close of the asset purchase transaction, the then-outstanding balance of the credit facility, including accrued interest, will be credited to the purchase price, thus reducing the amount of cash consideration to be transferred at the close of the transactions contemplated by the purchase agreement. The transaction, expected to close on April 1, 2011, will be funded by Fleetwood Homes' cash on hand along with equal equity contributions from Cavco and Third Avenue.The successful bid included manufactured housing factories, retail locations, equipment, accounts receivable, inventory, intellectual property, and certain warranty and other liabilities. Palm Harbor's insurance and finance subsidiaries, including Standard Casualty Company, Standard Insurance Agency, CountryPlace Acceptance Corp., and CountryPlace Mortgage, Ltd. were not parties to the Palm Harbor bankruptcy filing, but the shares of these companies are included in the assets to be acquired by Fleetwood Homes' subsidiary.