ELKHART — Thor Industries, Inc., today announced the completion of the previously announced sale of its bus business to Allied Specialty Vehicles, Inc. and the receipt of $100 million in cash proceeds from the transaction.
The cash proceeds will be adjusted to reflect changes in net assets of the bus business since April 30 based on the final valuation of net assets as of Oct. 20.
Thor also announced that its board of directors approved the payment of a special dividend of $1 per common share. The special dividend is payable Nov 19 to shareholders of record at the close of business on Nov. 5.
“With the completion of the sale of the bus business, Thor is embarking on a new period in its history with a focus purely on the growth of the RV business,” said Peter B. Orthwein, Thor executive chairman. “While we will continue to use our cash to grow our core RV business and maintain and grow our regular dividend, the board decided that the payment of a special dividend was in the best interest of our shareholders at this time. This marks the second year in a row that we have paid a special dividend and is another example of our priority in returning cash to our shareholders.”
Thor expects to report preliminary sales for its fiscal first quarter ended Oct. 31 on Nov. 4.
SOURCE: Thor Industries press release