|By Marketwired .||
|June 15, 2014 06:00 AM EDT||
MEDFORD, OR -- (Marketwired) -- 06/15/14 -- Lithia Motors, Inc. (NYSE: LAD) and DCH Auto Group Limited have entered into a definitive agreement to combine their companies. In the transaction, Lithia will acquire 100 percent of the outstanding shares of DCH Auto Group Inc., one of the 10 largest dealer groups in the country, for an estimated price of approximately $340 million in cash and $22.5 million, or approximately 300,000 shares of Lithia common stock. Upon closing, DCH's 27 stores, located in Southern California, New Jersey and New York, will be combined with Lithia's 101 stores in the Western United States. The DCH stores are estimated to generate approximately $2.3 billion in annualized revenue, and are expected to increase 2014 earnings per share by approximately $0.12 to $0.14, excluding acquisition costs. On an annualized basis, the DCH stores are expected to increase earnings per share by $0.65 to $0.75.
The transaction is expected to be funded through the expansion of Lithia's existing credit facility by $600 million, mortgage financing of $200 million, and available cash flows from operations. It is targeted to close in the fourth quarter of 2014, and is subject to customary approval conditions. Lithia expects to incur pre-tax costs associated with the transaction of approximately $0.04 to $0.06 per share in 2014.
DCH operates 14 stores in Southern California and 13 stores in New Jersey / New York. DCH's brand mix is 44% Honda, 30% Toyota, 7% BMW, 5% Acura, 4% Nissan, 3% Lexus, 3% Audi, 2% CJD and 2% Kia. The DCH stores will continue to be led by the current management team, with George Liang, DCH's President, reporting directly to Bryan DeBoer, Lithia's President and CEO. After the transaction is completed, it is expected that Shau-Wai Lam, DCH's founder, will join the Lithia Board of Directors.
This combination develops a metro market strategy for Lithia, as the DCH stores are located in the greater metropolitan areas of New York and Los Angeles. The addition of the DCH team allows the combined organization to pursue two growth opportunities: the exclusive franchise, small- to medium-size market strategy that is Lithia's hallmark and the large metropolitan market strategy the DCH management team has honed since the 1970s. Together, the combined organization will be able to leverage best-in-class execution around customer satisfaction, sales volume and cost control.
Bryan DeBoer, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "For the past several years, we have been seeking a strategic partner to help us to enter the Eastern United States. The DCH organization is an ideal fit with our existing team. We share similar strategic goals and core values, and have complementary strengths. DCH has proven their ability to 'Deliver Customer Happiness' while executing a high volume strategy in metro markets. Lithia embodies continuous improvement and produces sector leading operating efficiency. Together, the organization will be able to grow in multiple markets, learn from each other, and deliver improved efficiencies due to scale."
Conference Call and Presentation
Lithia's management will host a conference call on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at 9:00 am EDT to discuss the pending transaction.
The call may be accessed by telephone at 877-407-8029. To listen live on our website or for replay, visit www.lithiainvestorrelations.com and click on webcasts.
A presentation highlighting information about the proposed transaction has been added to www.lithiainvestorrelations.com.
Lithia Motors, Inc. is the eighth largest automotive retailer in the United States. Lithia sells 28 brands of new vehicles and all brands of used vehicles at 101 stores in 12 states. Lithia also arranges finance, warranty, and credit insurance contracts; and provides vehicle parts, maintenance, and repair services at all of its locations.
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