Tower International, Inc.

Company Profile

■URL

http://www.towerinternational.com/

■Address

17672 Laurel Park Drive North, Suite 400E, Livonia, MI 48152, USA

Business Overview

-The Company is a leading integrated global manufacturer of engineered structural metal components and assemblies that primarily serves automotive OEMs. The Company has a broad product portfolio, supplying body-structure stampings, frame and other chassis structures, and complex welded assemblies for small cars, large cars, crossovers, pickups and SUVs.

-The Company supplies products for approximately 130 vehicle models globally to 11 of the 12 largest global OEMs. It has a diversified customer mix, as seven different OEMs individually accounted for at least 5% of its revenues in the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016. Major customers that accounted for at least 10% of the Company’s revenue are Ford (32%), FCA (21%), and the Volkswagen Group (11%).

-The Company has a diversified product group mix, as each of its product groups individually accounted for at least 20% of the Company’s total revenue in the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016. The largest product group, body structures and assemblies, accounted for 51% of the Company’s revenue.

Competitors

Shareholders

-The Company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

Products

Body structures and assemblies
-Stampings

  • Body pillars
  • Roof rails
  • Side members
  • Crossmembers
  • Floor panels
  • Intrusion beams

-Assemblies

  • Engine cradles
  • Sub-frames
  • Suspension modules

-Class A surfaces

  • Body sides
  • Hoods
  • Doors
  • Roofs
  • Fenders
  • Pickup truck boxes

-Crash management systems

  • Side rails
  • Front and rear crash beams


Complex body-in-white assembly
-Front and rear floor pan assemblies
-Door assemblies
-Pillar assemblies

Lower vehicle frames and structures
-Stampings

  • Exterior structures
  • Structural components
  • Chassis assemblies
  • Engine cradles

-Full frames

  • Pickup truck frames
  • Truck frames
  • SUV frames

-Sub-frames and structural crossmembers

  • Steel sub-frames and assemblies
  • Aluminum sub-frames and assemblies


Suspension components
-Control arms
-Suspension links
-Track bars
-Spring and shock towers
-Shackles
-Twist axles
-Radius arms
-Stabilizer bars 
-Trailing axles
-Brackets
-Suspension cradles

History

Apr. 1993 R.J. Tower Corporation in Greenville, Michigan and Auburn, Indiana, U.S. were acquired by Tower Holding Corp.
Mar. 1994 R.J. Tower Corporation was renamed Tower Automotive.
Feb. 2005 Filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
2007 Filed a restructuring term sheet with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York to sell substantially all of its assets through a Chapter 11 Plan.
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York has confirmed its Chapter 11 Reorganization Plan (the "Plan") and approved the sale of substantially all of the company's assets to an affiliate of Cerberus Capital Management.
2010 The Company has priced its initial public offering of common stock. The stock is expected to begin trading on October 15, 2010, on the New York Stock Exchange.

Supplemental Information 1

Joint Ventures

Mar. 2000 The Company invested USD 2.1 million in the formation of a product technology and development joint venture with Defiance Testing & Engineering Services, Inc., a subsidiary of GenTek Inc. The Joint venture, DTA Development, located in Westland, Michigan, will provide the Company with product-testing services.
Jan. 2001 20% partnership formed with Carron Industries, thereby expanding prototyping capabilities in the U.S.A.

 

M&A

Apr. 1993 Acquired its predecessor, R.J. Tower Corp.
May 1994 Acquired Edgewood Tool and Manufacturing Company and its affiliate Ann Arbor Assembly Corp.
Jun. 1994 Acquired Kalamazoo Stamping and Die Company for approx. USD 12.3 million in cash.
Jan. 1996 Acquired the Trylon Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of MascoTech, Inc.
Apr. 1997 Acquired and assumed substantially all of the assets and liabilities of Automotive Products Company, a division of A.O. Smith Corporation. The aggregate purchase price consisted of approximately USD 625 million in cash.
May 1997 Acquired Societa Industria Meccanica e Stampaggio S.p.A. ("Simes") for approximately USD 50 million in cash.
Mar. 1998 Acquired 40% equity interest in Metalurgica Caterina S. A., Brazil. In addition, the Company also will have the right to acquire the remaining 60% of the equity in the Company in the future.
Jul. 1998 Acquired IMAR s.r.l. and Oslamt S.p.A. adding to the Company's European presence.
Aug. 1998 Sold its hinge business to Dura Automotive Systems, Inc. for net proceeds of approximately USD 36.9 million.
Jul. 1999 Acquired Active Tool Corporation and Active Products Corporation for total approximate consideration of USD 315 million.
Nov. 1999 Acquired a 49% equity interest in Seojin Industrial Company Ltd. for USD 21 million.
Jan. 2000 Acquired all of the outstanding shares of Dr. Meleghy GmbH & Co. KG Werkzeugbau und Presswerk, Bergisch Gladbach for approximately USD 86.4 million.
May 2000 Acquired Algoods Inc. for a total consideration of approximately USD 33 million.
Jul. 2000 Acquired the remaining 60% equity interest in Metalurgica Caterina S.A. for approximately USD 42 million.
Sep. 2000 Acquired a 17% equity interest in Yorozu Corporation, a supplier of suspension modules and structural parts to the Asian and North American automotive markets, from Nissan Motor Co. Ltd.
Nov. 2000 Acquired Strojarne Malacky, for a total consideration of approximately USD 10 million.
Dec. 2000 Sold its Roanoke, Va., heavy truck rail manufacturing business to its joint venture partner, Metalsa S. de R.L., for USD 55 million.
Feb. 2001 Exercised the right to purchase the additional equity interest in Yorozu Corporation and will pay Nissan approximately USD 30 million over two and a half years for the additional 13.8 percent interest.
Mar. 2004 Sold its 30.76% interest in Yorozu Corporation (Japan) to Yorozu, through a share buy-back transaction on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and received USD 57 million from the transaction.
Acquired the remaining shares of Seojin Industrial Company Ltd. of South Korea, and now owns 100% of the company. Previously, it held a 66% equity interest in Seojin.
Dec. 2012 Sold Korean subsidiary Seojin Industrial Company Ltd. to SJ holdings, Inc., a subsidiary of SECO and received USD 47 million for the transaction.

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