Navistar Selling 10 Million New Shares

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Vehicle maker Navistar (NYSE: NAV  ) is to float 10 million shares of common stock in a new public offering, the company announced today.

The company expects net proceeds to be up to $218 million if underwriters also exercise their option to purchase up to 1.5 million additional shares of common stock. The company calculated this numbers using the $19.85 share price of its Oct. 22 closing.

Navistar said in a news release that it would use the proceeds for "general corporate purposes." An SEC filing says these will include "capital expenditures and strategic initiatives."

The company has struggled because of difficulties meeting EPA standards. However, this week Navistar announced it had signed a deal with rival Cummins (NYSE: CMI  ) in which the latter will supply more environmentally compliant engines for Navistar vehicles.

Navistar's share price has lost around half of its value since the beginning of this year. Additionally, activist investor Carl Icahn has amassed a stake in the firm and has been agitating for operational changes. The company estimates that the investor's Icahn Group and MHR Group -- founded by a former Icahn employee -- each hold just under 15% of its outstanding shares.

The new share issue amounts to around 14% of the approximately 69.1 million shares outstanding for the company as of the end of September.

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  • Report this Comment On October 24, 2012, at 9:25 PM, jimkress wrote:

    "The company has struggled because of difficulties meeting EPA standards."

    The former CEO was a nontechnical, complete moron who thought he knew better than the engineers and tried to force an emissions control system on the company that everyone knew wouldn't work.

    He wasted hundreds of millions of dollars, was not properly monitored by the Board of Directors, and virtually killed the company through his reckless actions.

    "Struggled" doesn't BEGIN to reflect the devastation he has wreaked on the company and the people who work for Navistar.

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