Dorel Announces Agreement for Sale of its Remaining China Manufacturing FacilityMontreal, Quebec -
Dorel Industries Inc. (TSX: DII.B, DII.A) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its remaining juvenile products manufacturing facility in Huangshi, China to Ningbo Xihe Children Products Co, Ltd. for gross proceeds of approximately US$4 million. This sale follows the March 2021 disposition by Dorel of its Zhongshan based manufacturing facility and is part of the overall strategic direction of Dorel Juvenile that includes the co-development of innovative new products with a diverse supplier base.
“To re-iterate what we stated earlier this year, our strategic direction for Juvenile is to bring a broader product line to market with greater speed and to decrease complexity and improve cash flow. Our strategic direction is also expected to reduce volatility in the direct costs of manufacturing due to variations in the Chinese currency and commodity prices. Now that we will no longer own facilities in China, we can better focus on co-development opportunities while simplifying the organization and freeing-up resources to concentrate on product innovation and branding across our various markets,” commented Dorel President & CEO, Martin Schwartz.
The sale, which is subject to approval by regulatory authorities in the People’s Republic of China, is expected to close within the next two months. As a result of the sale, Dorel expects to incur a non-cash loss of approximately US$13.5 million in the current fiscal year.
Dorel Industries Inc. (TSX: DII.B, DII.A) is a global organization, operating three distinct businesses in juvenile products, bicycles and home products. Dorel’s strength lies in the diversity, innovation and quality of its products as well as the superiority of its brands. Dorel Juvenile’s powerfully branded products include global brands Maxi-Cosi, Quinny and Tiny Love, complemented by regional brands such as Safety 1st, Bébé Confort, Cosco and Infanti. Dorel Sports brands include Cannondale, Schwinn, GT, Mongoose, Caloi and IronHorse. Dorel Home, with its comprehensive e-commerce platform, markets a wide assortment of domestically produced and imported furniture. Dorel has annual sales of US$2.8 billion and employs approximately 8,200 people in facilities located in twenty-five countries worldwide.
Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements included in this press release may constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws, including, without limitation, statements regarding Dorel Home’s growth strategy following the acquisition of Notio Living. Such forward-looking statements are subject to important risks and uncertainties including, without limitation, the integration of Notio Living by Dorel Home. Accordingly, there can be no assurance as to the benefits that Dorel Industries will derive from the acquisition of Notio Living. Consequently, Dorel Industries cautions readers not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements and information contained in this press release. Except as may be required by Canadian securities laws, Dorel Industries does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.