Crestview Partners acquires Accuride

Accuride Corporation announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by funds managed by Crestview Partners, a New York-based private equity firm, for $2.58 per share in cash.  The purchase price represents a premium of 55% over Accuride’s closing share price on Sept. 1 and a premium of 66% over the 30-day volume weighted average price as of the same date, the company said.

Accuride’s board of directors unanimously approved the Crestview transaction and agreed to recommend that Accuride’s shareholders vote to adopt the merger agreement.  In addition, investment funds affiliated with Cetus Capital LLC, who collectively hold approximately 17% of the outstanding Accuride shares, have entered into a customary voting agreement to support the Crestview transaction.  Accuride said it expects to hold a special meeting of its shareholders to consider and act upon the proposed merger as promptly as practicable.  Details regarding the record date for, and the date, time and place of, the special meeting of shareholders will be announced when finalized.

After the transaction closes, Accuride said it will remain an independent global company with continuity of leadership, business units and worldwide operations.  It will continue to operate under its current brand name and remain headquartered in Evansville, IN, with operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Italy. President and CEO Rick Dauch and the members of the Accuride Leadership Team will continue to lead the business after the transaction closes, according to the company.

“Accuride is excited to have this opportunity to partner with Crestview, a private equity firm respected for its integrity and expertise in managing assets, and well regarded for enhancing the value of its holdings,” Dauch said.  “After the transaction closes, Accuride will operate as a stand-alone business within Crestview’s portfolio of companies.  Accuride will serve as a platform for further growth and consolidation in the global wheels and wheel-end sectors as we expand to serve our customers’ needs worldwide.  We are confident that under Crestview’s stewardship, Accuride will receive the resources and support needed to realize our vision of becoming the premier supplier of wheel end system solutions to the global commercial vehicle industry.”

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with Rick Dauch and the rest of Accuride’s terrific management team to help take Accuride to the next level,” said Alex Rose, partner at Crestview and co-head of the firm’s industrials strategy.  “This acquisition results in a de-levered Accuride, providing the company with greater flexibility to pursue growth around the world.  Crestview has had great success backing strong industrial companies that are embarking upon global expansion strategies and we look forward to helping Accuride’s management team execute on their vision for the company’s future.”

Accuride also announced that it has sold its Brillion Iron Works (Brillion) subsidiary to a subsidiary of Metaldyne Performance Group Inc. (MPG).  Under the purchase agreement, MPG has acquired from Accuride all of the stock of Brillion Iron Works for total cash consideration of $14 million.

“Today’s action will enable Accuride to focus completely on our strategic vision to be the premier supplier of wheel-end system solutions to the global commercial vehicle industry,” Dauch said.

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