Titan Machinery Inc. (NASDAQ:TITN) announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement with VAIT D.o.o. to acquire a CaseIH dealership in the Vojvodina region of Serbia. The acquisition is expected to close on or around December 14, 2012.
David Meyer, Titan Machinery’s Chairman and CEO, said, “We are excited to expand our Eastern European operations into Serbia. This acquisition will enable us to further leverage our expanding dealership network in the region, which is strategically located near our existing dealerships in Romania and Bulgaria. We continue to see selective international expansion as a growth platform to complement our core business in the Upper Midwest.”
Serbia is contiguous to Romania and Bulgaria, where Titan Machinery’s other international dealerships are located. Serbia is rich in productive farmland, and agriculture represents approximately 11% of its total gross domestic product, while the agricultural industry employs 26% of the Serbian population. The country’s primary crops are wheat, corn, soybeans, sunflowers, and sugar beets. In its most recently reported fiscal year, the CaseIH dealership being acquired reported revenue of approximately $8.5 million.
Peter Christianson, Titan Machinery’s President and Chief Operating Officer, stated, “Our newly acquired dealership has been serving its market for ten years and has a knowledgeable and experienced management and sales team. We look forward to working with the team and applying the Titan Machinery operating model to our newest international dealership. We continue to be pleased with our success in finding strong international CNH dealerships to join the Titan Machinery network abroad.”About Titan Machinery Inc. Titan Machinery Inc., founded in 1980 and headquartered in West Fargo, North Dakota, is a multi-unit business with mature locations and newly acquired locations. The Company owns and operates a network of full service agricultural and construction equipment stores in the United States and Europe. Upon the closing of the Serbian acquisition, the Titan Machinery network consists of 104 North American dealerships in North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Wyoming, Wisconsin, Colorado, and Arizona, including two outlet stores, and 13 European dealerships in Romania, Bulgaria, and Serbia. The Titan Machinery dealerships represent one or more of the CNH Brands (NYSE: CNH), a majority-owned subsidiary of Fiat Industrial (Milan: FI.MI), including CaseIH, New Holland Agriculture, Case Construction, New Holland Construction, Kobelco and CNH Capital. Additional information about Titan Machinery Inc. can be found at www.titanmachinery.com. Forward Looking Statements Certain statements found in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements as defined by Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and include any statement that does not directly relate to a current or historical fact. Such statements are generally identifiable by the terminology used, such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “intend,” “expect,” “plan,” or other similar words. Our forward-looking statements in this release generally relate to the benefits related to the Serbia acquisition, the anticipated closing of the acquisition and our national and international growth plans. Although it is not possible to foresee all of the factors that may cause actual results to differ from our forward-looking statements, such factors include, among others, the timely satisfaction of the considerations to closing the acquisition, integrating the Serbia acquisition’s operations with Titan Machinery's existing network, our ability to execute on our national and international growth plans, our ability to implement our business model in non-U.S. markets, our ability to successfully operate under foreign government regulations, the effect of fluctuations in currency exchange rates, changes to tariffs and trade restrictions, changes to political or economic conditions in the markets in which we do business and those risks described from time to time in our reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Investors should not consider any list of such factors to be an exhaustive statement of all of the risks, uncertainties or potentially inaccurate assumptions that could cause our current expectations or beliefs to change. Stockholders and other readers should not place undue reliance on “forward-looking statements,” as such statements speak only as of the date of this release. We undertake no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements.