PHOENIX, June 14, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cavco Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq:CVCO) today announced that it entered into an agreement to acquire full ownership of Fleetwood Homes, Inc., the parent company of Fleetwood Homes, Palm Harbor Homes, CountryPlace Mortgage, and Standard Casualty business units.
Cavco currently owns fifty percent of Fleetwood Homes, Inc. and the acquisition will complete the purchase of the other fifty percent ownership of Fleetwood Homes, Inc. currently held by Third Avenue Value Fund and an affiliate. Cavco will issue shares of its common stock to Third Avenue and its affiliate for consideration for the shares of Fleetwood Homes, Inc. that they own. This transaction is consistent with the original intention of the Company and Third Avenue at the outset of their partnership in forming Fleetwood Homes, Inc. in 2009. Although certain buyout terms were included in the shareholders' agreement between the parties, this transaction was successfully separately negotiated approximately one year earlier than the buyout provisions in the shareholders' agreement were to become effective.
Joseph Stegmayer, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer said, "We believe that the opportunity to obtain full ownership of these operations is attractive at this time. Although the manufactured housing industry remains challenged by overall economic conditions, we are encouraged by recent reports of improved general housing demand, consumer confidence, and unemployment levels. We have been fully responsible for operating the Fleetwood Homes business since August 2009 and the Palm Harbor Homes and related finance and insurance businesses since 2011. We believe the steady integration of these operations with each other and with Cavco's legacy business units has developed well. The opportunity to now consummate full ownership is clearly beneficial financially and will also eliminate certain administrative activities required of a joint venture.""Third Avenue has been a long term investor in the manufactured housing industry and in Cavco specifically. From the outset of our collaboration on Fleetwood Homes and Palm Harbor Homes, Third Avenue has been a reliable and supportive partner in developing the Company's opportunities to purchase these companies, including being a provider of interim financing and long term capital. We continue our positive ongoing relationship with Third Avenue as we work together to finalize this transaction," Mr. Stegmayer concluded.