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Bad Boy also renamed Textron Off Road BY LIZ KEENER SENIOR EDITOR Textron Inc. has been making inroads into the powersports industry since it acquired the Bad Boy brand of electric side-by-sides in 2010, but it took a larger leap into the industry on March 6, when the company completed its acquisition of Arctic Cat Inc. The Arctic Cat Board of Directors unani- mously approved the cash transaction val- ued at approximately $247 million, plus the assumption of existing debt. Textron, through its Textron Specialized Vehicles wholly owned subsidiary, offered to purchase all outstanding shares of Arctic Cat for $18.50 per share in cash, a 40.7 percent premium to the closing price of ACAT stock. The move came after Arctic Cat reported four consecutive quarters of losses, including a net loss of $12.8 million, or $0.98 per share in the Sept. 30, 2016-ending second quarter of the company's fiscal 2017. Under the short-form merger, Arctic Cat will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Tex- tron under Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc. "We see this as just an excellent marriage between what we started here with Bad Boy and Textron Off Road and the E-Z-GO PTV (personal transportation vehicle) lineup, and they've got a fantastic powersports brand," said John Collins, vice president — Consumer for Textron Specialized Vehicles. "They've got a very large distribution network. If you look at our distribution map, and their distribution map, they're very strong in places where we're weak, and we're relatively strong where they're weak. So that gives us geographic overlay that is beneficial for both companies." As a company that was built on snowmo- biles first, Arctic Cat has a stronger presence in the snow belt, while Textron Specialized Vehicles, based in Augusta, Georgia, has a firmer grip on the South. Textron Inc. is a $13.8 billion company with operations in more than 25 countries and about 35,000 employees. From 1968-81 it owned Arctic Cat's Minnesota rival Polaris. Textron is now the company behind Bell Heli- copter, Textron Aviation, Textron Systems and Textron Financial Corporation, as well as Tex- tron Specialized Vehicles. Under the Textron Specialized Vehicles umbrella are brands Tex- tron Off Road (formerly Bad Boy Off Road), E-Z-GO golf cars and personal transportation vehicles, Cushman commercial utility vehi- cles, Dixie Chopper zero-turn mowers, Jacob- sen professional turf-care equipment, and Douglas, TUG, Premier and Safeaero ground support equipment. "From a product standpoint, we've devel- oped some great products like the Stampede and other vehicles that we have in the pipeline to come," Collins told Powersports Business. "We've got an electric 4WD product that obvi- ously they don't have. We've got the E-Z-GO PTV, which has just done great with the power- sports dealers. And they've got the vehicles like the Alterra, the Prowler and the Wildcat that we're excited about, so if you look at channel distribution, product, brands, we don't have snowmobiles — that's something that was way, way far out in our product pipeline plans — but I think you really have some very good syner- gies to lay on top of each other with the Textron product and the Arctic Cat products coming together here. So that's what we're excited about and planning to take advantage of." TEXTRON OFF ROAD IS BORN While Textron was closing the Arctic Cat acquisition in early March, the company also announced that it is replacing the Bad Boy Off Road brand with Textron Off Road. "The reason we're doing that is Bad Boy, it's been very good to us, and regionally, it's been very strong, but it's really had a hard time being more of a national brand," Collins said. "When you think of Textron, Textron may not be a product or a brand that's known to a lot of consumers, but when you go out and look up Textron completes Arctic Cat acquisition, looks ahead See Textron, Page 5 Textron staff were on hand for the Arctic Cat Dealer Meeting in St. Paul, Minnesota, in late February.