Canadian Manufacturing

Textron buying Arctic Cat for US$247M

Arctic Cat Inc. will be folded into defence contractor Textron's specialized vehicles business



MINNEAPOLIS—The defence contractor Textron is buying the snowmobile maker Arctic Cat in a deal valued at about $247 million.

Textron said Jan. 25 that it will pay $18.50 per Arctic Cat share, a 41 per cent premium to its Jan. 24 closing price. The transaction also includes debt, though no exact figure was provided.

Arctic Cat Inc. will be folded into Textron’s specialized vehicles business, but the brand, as well as its manufacturing, distribution and operational facilities, will be maintained. The Minneapolis company employs around 1,600 people.

Textron CEO Christopher Metz believes the company’s specialized vehicles unit is complementary to those of Arctic Cat.

Arctic Cat’s board has unanimously approved the deal, and shares spiked 40 per cent before the opening bell.

Textron Inc. is based in Providence, Rhode Island.

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