LOUDON, Tenn., June 13, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Malibu Boats, Inc. (Nasdaq:MBUU), a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of performance sport boats, today announced it has entered into a letter of intent to acquire all of the equity interests of the Malibu Boats licensee in Australia. The Australian license business is operated by Malibu Boats Pty Ltd. and includes distribution rights in the Australia and New Zealand markets as well as a manufacturing facility in Albury, Australia. The proposed acquisition is expected to close in the first half of fiscal year 2015 subject to negotiation and execution of definitive documentation.
“The planned acquisition of our Australian licensed business represents an important next step in our international growth strategy,” said Jack Springer, Chief Executive Officer. “Australia is an important region to the boating industry not only because of the size of the market but its proximity to Southeast Asia and its ability to serve that region of the world. Acquiring our Australian licensed business will give us ownership of our brand world-wide and a platform in which to continue growing our business in Australia and New Zealand and developing a bigger presence in Asia. Xavier West and his team have done a tremendous job in building the business and we believe this is a well-managed organization. We have nearly twenty years of partnership and this acquisition is a logical next step. With the investments we have made in Europe, South America and Asia the past few years, this will continue to broaden our global footprint and enhance our development of direct business models in key international markets.”
Xavier West, Director of Malibu Boats Pty Ltd. commented, “The global unification of Malibu Boats that will result from the proposed acquisition of the Australian business makes perfect sense for the brand moving forward. The combination of partnerships we have with customers, dealers, employees and suppliers all stand to benefit from a unified approach, thus allowing the strength of Malibu to continue its forward direction as the market leader. ‘Business as usual with a focus on growth’ has been the core of negotiations and has been mutually agreed on by all parties to ensure the 20 year history of the brand in Australia is preserved and further enhanced moving forward. I look forward to continuing my relationship with the brand, as we approach the start of an exciting new era for Malibu Boats globally.”
The letter of intent is not binding on either party and the proposed acquisition is subject to completion of due diligence review by Malibu Boats, Inc. and the successful negotiation and execution of definitive agreements for the proposed acquisition.
About Malibu Boats, Inc.
Malibu Boats is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of performance sport boats, with the #1 market share position in the United States since 2010. The Company has two brands of performance sport boats, Malibu and Axis Wake Research (Axis). Since inception in 1982, the Company has been a consistent innovator in the powerboat industry, designing products that appeal to an expanding range of recreational boaters and water sports enthusiasts whose passion for boating and water sports is a key aspect of their lifestyle.
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