WINNIPEG, MB, Jan. 23, 2013 /CNW/ - (TSX:NFI, TSX:NFI.DB.U) New Flyer Industries Inc. ("New Flyer" or the "Company"), the leading manufacturer of heavy-duty transit buses in Canada and the United States, announced today that Marcopolo S.A. has agreed to make a strategic investment of C$116 million to acquire 11,087,834 newly issued common shares, representing a 19.99% stake in New Flyer. Each common share will be issued at a price of C$10.50 per share, or a 20% premium to the 30 day volume-weighted average trading price of New Flyer's common shares on the TSX for the period ending January 23, 2013. 4,925,530 common shares will be issued to Marcopolo upon closing expected on or prior to March 1, 2013 for aggregate consideration of C$51.7 million with the remainder of the shares to be issued to Marcopolo at the same price per share in one tranche over the next 12 months following closing as determined by New Flyer based on its investment and financing needs and in certain other circumstances. The investment is subject to customary TSX approval.
Founded in 1949, and headquartered in Caxias do Sul, Brazil, Marcopolo is one of the world's largest bus builders and is primarily engaged in the manufacturing of buses, bus bodies, and components with a product line covering a wide range of models including: coach, urban, micro-buses, and mini-buses. Marcopolo is listed on the Brazilian stock exchange (BM&F Bovespa: POMO3, POMO4).
With anticipated annual net revenues of approximately US$1.9 billion in 2012, Marcopolo has a market capitalization of approximately US$2.8 billion and employs over 22,000 people around the world. Marcopolo manufactures over 32,000 buses annually - 60% are for the Brazilian market and 40% for international markets. Bus manufacturing is carried out directly by Marcopolo and through various joint ventures with companies like Daimler, Tata Motors, and others in seventeen plants located in Brazil, South Africa, Argentina, Australia, Colombia, Egypt, India and Mexico. Marcopolo also has a factory for bus parts and component fabrication in China. Further information is available on Marcopolo's web site at www.marcopolo.com.br.
Marcopolo's most recent investments include: a 75% stake in Volgren, Australia's largest bus body manufacturer, and a 51% share of Metalsur Carrocerias S.R.L, an Argentine company which specializes in manufacturing intercity bus bodies through a Marcopolo controlled company called Metalpar. Marcopolo also owns minority stakes in the following Brazilian parts suppliers: Spheros (heating/ventilation/air conditioning), WSUL (seating foam), and MVC (plastics).Marcopolo's strategic plan has included a stated intent to enter the Canadian and US market and as such it identified New Flyer as an attractive investment given the Company's leading position in the public transit market, operational excellence, commitment to LEAN practises, and capacity to innovate and grow.