The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Remington Arms has agreed to sell its ammunition business for $65 million plus assumption of debt. The buyer is JJE Capital Holdings of Columbia, SC. You may not recognize JJE Capital but you will recognize one of their biggest portfolio companies – Palmetto State Armory.
From the WSJ:
Firearms maker Remington Outdoor Co. has agreed to sell its ammunition business out of bankruptcy to South Carolina-based investment firm JJE Capital Holdings LLC for $65 million plus the assumption of liabilities, subject to better offers.
The JJE offer came in the form of a stalking-horse bid, setting a floor on the sale price for Remington’s ammunition business, which the company has been marketing while in chapter 11. Remington filed for bankruptcy protection in July and has been open to selling its ammunition and firearms operations to pay off its debt.
JJE Capital is considered a “stalking horse bidder” meaning they were given the opportunity to make the first bid. This first bid then serves as a floor for the price of that asset in bankruptcy.
According to papers filed with the bankruptcy court in Alabama, JJE Capital would get Remington’s Arkansas plant, its lease on its Utah property (Barnes Bullets), any improvements made to the Utah property, all the equipment and machinery, all the existing contracts for ammunition, and all the intellectual property. All permits for things like storm water and all special licenses from ATF and the Department of State would be transferred as allowed by law.
As noted in the Wall Street Journal report, this all is subject to both court approval and to any potentially higher bids.