Concerns about the affect of global trade concerns and Brexit upon Europe’s financial markets have led Titan International to postpone a potential listing of its Italtractor ITM S.p.A. (ITM) business. According to company chairman Maurice Taylor, these factors have impacted the company’s ability to suitably evaluate its strategic alternatives with respect to ITM.
In February, Titan International disclosed it was “evaluating its strategic alternatives” regarding its Italtractor ITM S.p.A. (ITM) steel track and undercarriage business. It engaged Shore Capital as its financial advisor in carrying out this evaluation. Paul Reitz, the company’s president and chief executive officer, reports that Titan is making “positive progress” with respect to one potential alternative, a public listing within Europe.
After placing its Italtractor ITM S.p.A. (ITM) steel track and undercarriage business on the market some two and a half years ago and receiving seven formal bids from potential buyers, Titan International, Inc. then withdrew ITM from sale in response to the operation’s improving revenue and EBITDA. Now it seems the possibility of divesting ITM is once again under consideration.
Titan International, Inc. has engaged Goldman, Sachs & Co. to advise on the sale of its Italtractor ITM S.p.A. subsidiary on 25 April 2016. The news follows the announcement that the firm had established a special committee of its board of directors to review and analyze the issues relating to the possible sale of ITM. These moves and the language of the legal disclaimers attached to the official statements announcing them suggest Italtractor is now well and truly up for sale.