Tower International signs MOU to sell European operations
Tower International announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding relating to the sale of all of its European Operations to Financiere SNOP Dunois S.A."FSD", a privately owned French automotive supplier. Tower's European Operations include manufacturing facilities in Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Poland and Slovakia and offices in Germany and Italy. Financial results for full year 2018 are projected at revenue of $650M and Adjusted EBITDA of $55M. Before fees and other customary adjustments, the anticipated sale price represent an Enterprise Value of EURO255M ($298M at $1.17/Euro) representing an enterprise multiple of 5.4 times Adjusted EBITDA. This transaction multiple is significantly higher than the present multiple for Tower's common stock, which Tower estimates was approximately 4.5 times based on yesterday's closing price. The memorandum of understanding signed by the parties together with an unsigned stock purchase agreement, would be the basis on which the parties pursue the signing of a definitive agreement in the next few weeks, once works council consultation has taken place. Completion of the divestiture is expected to take place during the first quarter of 2019 and is subject to approval of the applicable antitrust authorities and other customary conditions. Tower expects to recognize a book loss of approximately $60M related to the sale of the European operations. This one-time charge will include the reclassification of currency translation into earnings, other fair value adjustments and selling costs.