Federal Signal to acquire Truck Bodies and Equipment International

Updated May 9, 2017
Ox Bodies is one of TBEI’s six brands that are being acquired by Federal Signal.Ox Bodies is one of TBEI’s six brands that are being acquired by Federal Signal.

Federal Signal Corporation announced today a $270 million deal to acquire Truck Bodies and Equipment International (TBEI).

This transaction will allow Federal Signal to leverage its expertise in building chassis-based vehicles, significantly expand its exposure to higher growth industrial end-markets and balance the mix of revenues it generates from municipal and industrial markets.

TBEI’s six brands include Crysteel, Ox Bodies,  Rugby, Duraclass, Travis and J-Craft.

TBEI is expected to be combined with the businesses within Federal Signal’s Environmental Solutions Group (“ESG”) to create a single platform providing municipal and industrial customers with a complete suite of maintenance and infrastructure equipment and supporting solutions. This platform will expand the company’s position in these markets and will provide a springboard for future growth, including mergers and acquisitions.

The transaction diversifies Federal Signal’s current end markets through an expanded focus on infrastructure, construction, waste, rendering and other industrial end markets

Federal Signal expects the acquisition to be modestly accretive to EPS in 2017, increasing to an annual run rate of between $0.07-$0.12 per share and $0.12-$0.17 per share by the second and third anniversary of the acquisition, respectively.

Annual run-rate synergies are anticipated to be between $3 to 4 million, phased in over three years. Supply chain, cross-selling products from both ESG and the Safety and Security Systems Group through the TBEI distribution channel, leveraging our existing parts and distribution business and sharing of manufacturing best practices will drive the synergies.

During the 12-month period ending March 31, 2017, TBEI generated revenues of $206 million and an EBITDA margin of approximately 18 percent. TBEI operates 5 manufacturing facilities throughout the U.S. and employs approximately 850 people.

“The TBEI business is a strong strategic fit with our ESG businesses and allows us to broaden our focus on maintenance and infrastructure markets. With its large industrial customer base, TBEI will accelerate the achievement of our long-standing objective of balancing the mix of revenue streams between municipal and industrial. This acquisition is consistent with our disciplined capital deployment strategy, which targets the acquisition of high performing businesses that grow and compound our cash flow,” said Jennifer L. Sherman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “TBEI is an outstanding company with clear leadership positions in its end markets, a strong financial profile and a management team that will thrive as part of Federal Signal. This acquisition also represents a significant step towards the attainment of our strategic goal of profitably growing our revenues to over $1 billion.”

TBEI’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Robert Fines, an executive with over 35 years of industry experience, including a variety of management positions within General Electric and Avery Dennison, will be joining Federal Signal’s management team.

“We are excited to join the Federal Signal family and add TBEI’s six established brands to Federal Signal’s portfolio of market-leading businesses,” said Mr. Fines. “There are many similarities between TBEI’s operations and those of Federal Signal and we are confident in our ability to cross-pollinate manufacturing practices, leverage our distribution networks and create a leading platform to serve the needs of our customers.”