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Thor announces sale of bus business for $100 million

Thor Industries, Inc. has announced that it has entered a definitive agreement to sell its bus business to Allied Specialty Vehicles (ASV) for $100 million in cash, subject to closing adjustments. The sale is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to be completed by Nov. 1.

“Although the bus business has been a valuable part of Thor, this transaction allows us to focus on maintaining and growing our leadership position in our core recreation vehicle (RV) business,” said Thor Chairman Peter B. Orthwein. “From an investor perspective, divesting the bus business will simplify our overall operations and solidify Thor's position as the leading company in the RV industry which is recovering strongly. Pursuing the strategic development of our RV business enables us to drive growth in sales and earnings, ultimately delivering improved value for our shareholders.”

Thor's bus business includes Champion Bus, Inc., General Coach America, Inc., Goshen Coach, Inc., El Dorado National California, Inc., and El Dorado National Kansas, Inc., which combined represents one of the largest producers of transit and shuttle buses in North America with bus segment sales of approximately $450 million for the fiscal year ended July 31, 2013. 

“We are excited to add the Thor bus business to our diverse line up of specialty vehicles,” stated Peter Guile, president and CEO of Allied Specialty Vehicles. “We view the opportunity to expand our business into the transit and shuttle bus markets as a key initiative in broadening our markets and providing products that meet the needs of our dealers and end consumers. We are eager to welcome these new bus brands to the ASV family.”

Thor will continue to own and operate the bus business until the closing date of the sale. As a result of the decision to pursue a divestment of the bus business, Thor will report the financial results of the bus business as discontinued operations in its upcoming annual report filed on Form 10-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which the company expects to file in late September. The company does not anticipate any impairment to goodwill or intangible assets of the bus business as a result of the sale.

Thor expects to report preliminary sales for its fiscal fourth quarter and full year ended July 31, 2013 on Monday, Aug. 5.