Penske Automotive Acquires New Distributor

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BLOOMFIELD HILLS — Penske Automotive Group Inc., an international automotive retailer, today announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire a distributor of commercial vehicles, related spare parts and aftermarket support across Australia and New Zealand and portions of southeast Asia from Transpacific Industries Group Limited. The business to be acquired, Western Star Trucks Australia, primarily distributes heavy- and medium-duty trucks for Western Star, MAN, and Dennis Eagle through a network of more than 80 independent dealers while serving customers across a number of industries, including on-highway, logistics, construction, mining, manufacturing, agricultural, and waste/refuse collection.

The Western Star truck brand, an affiliate of Daimler Trucks North America, is a top-three Australian heavy-duty truck brand and holds a leading position in key market segments. The MAN Truck and Bus brand is majority-owned by Volkswagen AG and is within the top-six suppliers to the Australian bus market. Dennis Eagle is a growing brand within the specialist refuse collection vehicle market.

Closing of the transaction is expected to occur in the third quarter of 2013. Including vehicle inventory, parts, assets, and goodwill, the company expects the total purchase price to be approximately $200 million that will be financed using available cash flow from operations and availability under the company’s credit and floorplan financing facilities. The transaction is subject to specified closing conditions, including OEM approval. 

“Western Star Trucks provides us with an attractive gateway to enhance our global business profile,” said Penske Automotive Group Chairman Roger S. Penske. “Strong market dynamics, multiple growth options and one of the largest and well-established dealer networks in Australia and New Zealand enhance the business opportunity. We believe that our existing relationships with heavy and medium-duty truck manufacturers and our experience in operating distribution and dealership-related businesses provide us with a unique opportunity to expand our business while potentially providing a steppingstone to southeast Asian markets for other parts of our business.”

Western Star Trucks has a seasoned local management team which is expected to provide a seamless transition. Upon closing, the transaction is expected to generate approximately $420-$460 million in estimated annual U.S. dollar-related revenues for Penske Automotive Group. Penske Automotive expects to incur approximately $0.02 per share in acquisition-related costs in its third-quarter 2013 results. On a pro forma basis, the proposed transaction is expected to be $0.10 to $0.14 accretive per fully diluted share on an annualized basis, excluding acquisition-related costs.

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