Accuride Corporation, a supplier of components to the North American and European commercial vehicle industries, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by funds managed by Crestview Partners, a leading New York based private equity firm, for $2.58 per share in cash. 

The purchase price represents a premium of 55% over Accuride’s closing share price on September 1, 2016, and a premium of 66% over the 30-day volume weighted average price as of the same date.

Accuride’s board of directors unanimously approved the Crestview transaction and agreed to recommend that Accuride’s shareholders vote to adopt the merger agreement. In addition, investment funds affiliated with Cetus Capital LLC, who collectively hold approximately 17% of the outstanding Accuride shares, have entered into a customary voting agreement to support the Crestview transaction. 

Accuride expects to hold a special meeting of its shareholders to consider and act upon the proposed merger as promptly as practicable. Details regarding the record date for, and the date, time and place of, the special meeting of shareholders will be announced when finalized.

The merger agreement contains a customary 35 calendar day “go shop” period during which Accuride and its advisors are permitted to solicit alternative transaction proposals. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including Accuride shareholder approval and antitrust approvals in the United States and Mexico, and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2016.

After the transaction closes, Accuride will remain an independent global company with continuity of leadership, business units and worldwide operations. It will continue to operate under its current brand name and remain headquartered in Evansville IN, with operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Italy. President and CEO Rick Dauch and the members of the Accuride leadership team will continue to lead the business after the transaction closes.

Deutsche Bank is acting as exclusive financial advisor to Accuride, and Latham & Watkins LLP is serving as legal advisor to Accuride. RBC Capital Markets LLC is acting as exclusive financial advisor to Crestview Partners, and Kirkland & Ellis LLP is serving as legal advisor to Crestview Partners.

Accuride will file a report on Form 8-K regarding the transaction, including a copy of the merger agreement, with the Securities and Exchange Commission.