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Dorel Industries Inc. - President & CEO, Martin Schwartz - The Market Herald Canada
President & CEO, Martin Schwartz
Source: La Presse
  • Dorel Industries (DII.B) is departing the Toronto Stock Exchange pursuant to a going-private transaction with Cerberus Capital Management
  • Cerberus will purchase all of Dorel's issued and outstanding shares for C$14.50 each, except for certain holdings owned by a number of senior management figures
  • The deal ends an 11-month saga that started in December 2019 when majority shareholders revealed their intention to take the company off the market
  • The company recently reported third-quarter revenue growth of 9.9 per cent due to COVID-driven demand for its products
  • Dorel Industries is currently up 0.21 per cent to $14.42 per share

Dorel Industries (DII.B) will depart the Toronto Stock Exchange pursuant to a going-private transaction with Cerberus Capital Management.

Under the terms of the agreement, Cerberus, through an affiliate, will purchase all of Dorel's issued and outstanding shares at a price of C$14.50 each. This excludes 4 million Class A Multiple Voting Shares and 2.57 million Class B Subordinate Voting Shares held by senior figures and their families.

This price represents a 32 per cent premium compared to the company's closing price of $11.02 on September 4, 2020 - the date on which exclusivity was granted to Cerberus.

It marks the end of an 11-month saga that began in December 2019 when majority shareholders informed the company's Board of Directors of their intentions to take Dorel off the public market.

More than 25 potential buyers were evaluated by BMO Capital Markets, with the final purchase price representing the lower end of TD Securities' valuation of between $14.00 and $17.00 per share on November 12.

The deal is expected to close early next year, but remains subject to regulatory approval.

"The family shareholders believe that the arrangement is a win for all of Dorel’s stakeholders, including the public shareholders," said Martin Schwartz, President and CEO of Dorel Industries.

"This transaction will enable Dorel to continue to serve our employees, business partners and other stakeholders, and positions Dorel on a path for continued growth," he added.

Dorel's transition to private ownership follows a strong third-quarter performance, which saw a 9.9 per cent increase in revenue compared to the same period last year, driven by increased demand for its bicycles and home furniture products as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dorel Industries is currently up 0.21 per cent to $14.42 per share at 11:24am EST.


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