Cavco, Partner Win Bid for Fleetwood Housing Assets
Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. today (Aug. 11) announced that Cavco Industries Inc. and an investment partner, Third Avenue Trust Value Fund, through FH Holding Inc., their jointly owned corporation, have been named the highest and best bidder for certain of the company’s manufactured housing assets.
The winning bid was determined through an auction held by the company, in consultation with the Committee of Creditors. A court hearing to approve the sale is scheduled for Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. PST in Riverside, Calif.
Cavco’s final offer of $21.8 million was an increase on a net basis after adjustments of approximately $3.8 million over Cavco’s previously announced offer for the same assets. In addition, Cavco agreed to buy Fleetwood’s idled Woodland, Calif., plant for $4.8 million.
Cavco, headquartered in Phoenix, Ariz., is a leading producer of manufactured housing, park model homes and vacation cabins in the United States. Third Avenue Management, the investment adviser to Third Avenue Value Fund, is a New York-based company with expertise in value and distressed investing.
Cavco opened for business in 1965. Cavco’s factory-built homes are produced under various trade names and in a variety of floor plans and price ranges. The company employs approximately 600 people and operates two manufacturing plants in the Phoenix area and one in Seguin, Tex. Additional information about Cavco can be found at www.cavco.com.
Third Avenue Management manages approximately $13 billion of assets for private and institutional clients. Most or all of Third Avenue’s proposed investment in Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. will be made by Third Avenue Value Fund, the company’s flagship mutual fund.
Founded in 1950, Fleetwood Enterprises Inc., and its various subsidiaries, historically produced, distributed and serviced recreational vehicles and manufactured housing. On March 10, however, the company filed for Chapter 11 protection and the former industry leader has been dismantled. Additional information about the company’s reorganization may be found online in the news section of www.fleetwood.com or www.kccllc.net/fleetwood.