“Spartan Motors is prepared to lead the consolidation charge in the fire apparatus market as strategic opportunities present themselves, and this acquisition represents a deliberate and strategic decision to accelerate the turnaround of Spartan’s Emergency Response business unit.”
DARYL ADAMS, PRESIDENT & CEO, SPARTAN MOTORS
On December 13, 2016, Spartan Motors announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire its longtime cab and chassis customer, Smeal Fire apparatus. The acquisition will enable Spartan Motors to strengthen its Emergency Response segment, gain scale and geographic reach in an increasingly consolidating industry, and accelerate its Emergency Response business unit turnaround plan. The newly combined company will rank as a top-four North American fire apparatus manufacturer and boast a robust and respected portfolio of industry-leading products.
Adds approximately $70 million in annual revenue to Spartan’s Emergency Response segment (excludes $30 million of Spartan chassis sold to SMEAL)
Deal projected to be accretive to Spartan’s earnings in 2017
Initially financed through Spartan Motors’ recently amended $100 million line of credit
Brings together some of the best talent in the industry
Provides opportunity for increased synergies among network of shared customers, dealers, employees and operational leadership
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