TROY, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Horizon Global Corporation (NYSE: HZN), the world’s leading manufacturer of branded towing and trailering equipment, announced today that the Company has initiated a formal process to explore the sale of its Asia-Pacific (“APAC”) business segment, with Jefferies engaged to run the process. The expected proceeds from the sale of APAC would result in a significant reduction of the Company’s debt, while allowing the management team to focus on the core Americas segment and the business improvement initiatives underway in the Europe-Africa segment.
Carl Bizon, President and Chief Executive Officer of Horizon Global, commented, “Our APAC segment is an exceptional business with a great team of employees that operates as a nearly stand-alone business. While we think the business has attractive growth prospects, we are laser-focused on reducing our current debt burden, and a potential sale of APAC is one of a variety of initiatives we are considering to achieve this objective. We also believe the business would continue to thrive and serve its customers very well under new ownership.”
Bizon concluded, “As we pursue various alternatives to reduce our debt, we continue to focus on our core Americas business and the ongoing business improvement initiatives in Europe-Africa. With a stronger balance sheet and a deep focus on our remaining segments, we expect to restore the profitability of Horizon Global to historical levels and maximize value for our shareholders.”
There is no assurance that the process to explore the sale of the APAC segment or other debt reduction alternatives under consideration will result in any transaction or the adoption of any other strategic alternative. The Company does not intend to comment further regarding the process unless or until a definitive transaction agreement is reached, another strategic alternative is approved by Horizon Global’s Board of Directors, or the Board determines to conclude the process.
About Horizon Global
Horizon Global is the #1 designer, manufacturer and distributor of a wide variety of high-quality, custom-engineered towing, trailering, cargo management and other related accessory products in North America, Australia and Europe. The Company serves OEMs, retailers, dealer networks and the end consumer as the category leader in the automotive, leisure and agricultural market segments. Horizon provides its customers with outstanding products and services that reflect the Company's commitment to market leadership, innovation and operational excellence. The Company’s mission is to utilize forward-thinking technology to develop and deliver best-in-class products for our customers, engage our employees and create value for our shareholders. Horizon Global is home to some of the world’s most recognized brands in the towing and trailering industry, including: BULLDOG, Draw-Tite, Fulton, Hayman Reese, Reese, ROLA, Tekonsha, and Westfalia. Horizon Global has approximately 4,200 employees in 37 facilities across 18 countries. For more information, please visit www.horizonglobal.com.
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