The Manitowoc Company, Inc. announced at the end of January that its Board of Directors has approved a plan to pursue a separation of the Company’s Cranes and Foodservice businesses into two independent, publicly-traded companies. The Company currently anticipates effecting the separation through a tax-free spin-off of the Foodservice business and expects the spin-off to be completed in the first quarter of 2016, creating two separate, industry-leading companies with distinct enterprise strategies.
“Manitowoc’s management team and our Board of Directors regularly evaluate and explore opportunities to optimize the Company’s performance and create value for shareholders,” commented Glen E. Tellock, chairman and chief executive officer of the Company. “Manitowoc has taken and continues to take actions to enhance returns, including margin expansion initiatives, re-investment in our businesses, and utilization of our free cash flow to de-lever our balance sheet. We believe the separation of Cranes and Foodservice will position these businesses to take advantage of anticipated long-term improvement in demand and other opportunities in their respective markets.”
Tellock continued, “Over the past several years, we have transformed Manitowoc and worked to build two strong business platforms within one enterprise, and each business enjoys global leadership and is positioned for sustainable growth and value creation. After a comprehensive evaluation, including a thorough review of the current and projected operating environments for the two segments, we have determined that the Cranes and Foodservice businesses are best-suited to realize their full potential on a standalone basis.”
Two Industry-Leading, Independent Public Companies with Distinct Strengths
The Cranes business, which reported annual revenue of $2.3 billion in the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2014, is one of the world’s largest providers of lifting equipment for the global construction industry, including lattice-boom cranes, tower cranes, mobile telescopic cranes, and boom trucks. The business holds leading market positions and highly recognized brands, including Manitowoc, Grove, National Crane, Potain, Shuttlelift and Crane Care brand names. The business operates 37 facilities in 18 countries and generates nearly 60% of its revenue from non-U.S. markets. Through its extensive global footprint, strategic focus on product innovation, and strong after-market support, the Cranes business is well-positioned to take advantage of expected improving demand in the residential and non-residential construction markets to generate long-term growth in revenue and net income.
The Foodservice business, which reported annual revenue of $1.6 billion in the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2014, is one of the world’s leading innovators and manufacturers of commercial foodservice equipment serving the ice, beverage, refrigeration, food prep, and cooking needs of restaurants, convenience stores, hotels, hospitals, and other institutions. The business has a worldwide network of 120 distributors serving dozens of well-recognized restaurant chains. The business promotes more than 24 industry-leading brands, including Manitowoc, Garland, Convotherm, Cleveland, Lincoln, Merrychef, Frymaster, Delfield, Kolpak, Kysor Panel, Servend, Multiplex, KitchenCare, Inducs, Koolaire and Manitowoc Beverage System, and has a global presence that spans five continents and more than 80 countries. Through its broad range of innovative products, expansion of its global network, and launch of sustainability initiatives, the Foodservice business is expected to enhance profitability and generate strong cash flow.