Its acquisition's markets are slowing
Where Fiat Chrysler (NYSE: FCAU) reported Jeep brand sales were up 12% in August, led by surging growth with Cherokee sales that were 41% higher for the month, brand sales tumbled to a 3% decline in September, though the Patriot and Grand Cherokee sales were up significantly for the period.
Year to date, Jeep sales are up 12% compared to 2015, but the situation is deteriorating. Ford (NYSE: F) says sales of its top F-series trucks were down 3% in September, following a 6% drop in August and 1% decline in July.
So, as complementary as the TAP acquisition appears, it's just a bad time to make the purchase. Polaris has heaps of problems to deal with from a safety perspective, its bread-and-butter ORV market that accounted for 57% of quarterly sales is declining and giving no indication it's going to improve, and the markets that its buyout target sells to are also slowing dramatically.
There could be a time and place for Polaris Industries to buy this company, and sometimes you have to strike while the iron is hot, but that does not appear to be the case for Transamerican Auto Parts and investors need to carefully watch whether the deal ends up distracting management and causing a hit to performance.
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