- Bicycle parts and accessories company second largest in U.S.
- PTI known for innovation and strong brands
TSX: DII.B, DII.A
MONTREAL, June 26 /CNW Telbec/ - Dorel Industries Ltd. (TSX: DII.A,
DII.B;) today announced its Pacific Cycle division has acquired the assets of
PTI Sports, a leading U.S. designer, manufacturer and distributor of bicycle
parts, helmets and other accessories. The purchase is in line with Dorel's
strategy to aggressively grow its bicycle and juvenile products businesses.
PTI will be integrated into the Pacific Cycle division within Dorel's
Recreational/Leisure segment. The transaction will be immediately accretive to
The purchase price was US$28.1 million. PTI recorded sales of
US$ 65 million and an adjusted EBITDA of US$ 5 million in the 2007 fiscal
Established in 1991, PTI Sports has widespread distribution at the key
mass and sporting goods retailers throughout North America, including Category
Manager positions and 100% exclusive agreements with a number of its
customers. With a dedication to product innovation, PTI's brand portfolio is
the strongest in the industry, with such licenses as: Schwinn, Mongoose,
Disney, Nickelodeon, Mattel (Polly) Master Lock, Thomas the Train and The
Discovery Channel. PTI is the number two North American player in the bicycle
Pacific Cycle and PTI Sports began its relationship in 2002 with a
license agreement to bring Schwinn and Mongoose branded bicycle parts and
accessories to market. Since then, the ties between the two organizations have
developed into a partnership that includes marketing initiatives and product
An excellent fit with Dorel's growth strategy
Dorel President and CEO, Martin Schwartz stated the PTI Sports
acquisition underscores the Company's commitment to enhance shareholder value.
"We are executing on our plan to focus on and grow our Recreational/Leisure
segment. In February Dorel purchased Cannondale bicycles and SUGOi fitness
apparel to augment our position in the independent bicycle dealer (IBD)
category. While this transaction will have little impact on our IBD business,
PTI fits perfectly with Pacific Cycle, our mass merchant division, and we can
now go to the major chains and offer integrated buying with both bicycles and
There are significant synergies between Pacific Cycle and PTI Sports that
will provide a strong foundation going forward.
- In most cases, the same buyers that are responsible for the bicycle
category also manage the parts and accessories category. This allows
for a more efficient and consolidated sales effort.
- Parts and accessories are a natural extension of Pacific Cycle's
current product categories.
- As a division of Dorel, Pacific Cycle has the resources to allow for
greater economies of scale, unique technologies and the ability to
bring new products to market faster in a wide variety of product
categories, including parts and accessories.
- The acquisition of PTI Sports allows for an ease in executing new
marketing initiatives between compatible product lines and developing
wide-reaching, exclusive programs for key retailers.
"We are excited about this transaction as we will be able to quickly
integrate PTI into Pacific Cycle, enabling us to capture and greater leverage
our combined synergies, as well as provide additional innovative solutions to
our customers. We clearly anticipate upside potential," said Alice Tillett,
President of Pacific Cycle.
Dorel Industries Inc. (TSX: DII.B, DII.A) is a world class juvenile
products and bicycle company. Established in 1962, Dorel creates style and
excitement in equal measure to safety, quality and value. The Company's
lifestyle leadership position is pronounced in both its Juvenile and bicycle
categories with an array of trend-setting products. In the Juvenile segment,
Dorel's powerfully branded products such as Quinny, Maxi-Cosi, Safety 1st and
Bébé Confort have shown the way to safety, originality and fashion. Similarly,
its highly popular brands such as Cannondale, Schwinn, GT, Mongoose and Sugoi
have made Dorel a principal player with both independent bicycle dealers and
mass merchants. Dorel's Home Furnishings segment markets a wide assortment of
furniture products, both domestically produced and imported. The Company
exerts relentless innovation and marketing flair across all of its divisions.
Dorel is a $2 billion company with forty-six hundred employees, facilities in
seventeen countries, and sales worldwide.
US operations include Dorel Juvenile Group USA; the Cannondale Sports
Group; Pacific Cycle; Ameriwood Industries which produces ready-to-assemble
furniture; Altra Furniture; and Cosco Home & Office. In Canada, Dorel operates
Dorel Distribution Canada, Dorel Home Products and Sugoi. Abroad, operations
include Dorel Europe and IGC in Australia, a manufacturer and distributor of
juvenile products. Dorel Asia sources and imports home furnishings products.
Dorel China has eight offices which oversee the sourcing, engineering and
logistics of the Company's Asian supplier chain.
Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
Except for historical information provided herein, this press release may
contain information and statements of a forward-looking nature concerning the
future performance of Dorel Industries Inc. These statements are based on
suppositions and uncertainties as well as on management's best possible
evaluation of future events. The business of the Company and these
forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties
that could cause actual results to differ from expected results. Important
factors which could cause such differences may include, without excluding
other considerations, increases in raw material costs, particularly for key
input factors such as particle board and resins; increases in ocean freight
container costs; failure of new products to meet demand expectations; changes
to the Company's effective income tax rate as a result of changes in the
anticipated geographic mix of revenues; the impact of price pressures exerted
by competitors, and settlements for product liability cases which exceed the
Company's insurance coverage limits. A description of the above mentioned
items and certain additional risk factors are discussed in the Company's
Annual MD&A and Annual Information Form, filed with the securities regulatory
authorities in Canada and the U.S. The risk factors outlined in the previously
mentioned documents are specifically incorporated herein by reference. The
Company's business, financial condition, or operating results could be
materially adversely affected if any of these risks and uncertainties were to
materialize. Given these risks and uncertainties, investors should not place
undue reliance on forward-looking statements as a prediction of actual
For further information:
For further information: MaisonBrison: Rick Leckner, (514) 731-0000;
Dorel Industries Inc.: Jeffrey Schwartz, (514) 934-3034