Blue Bird Corporation (“Blue Bird” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: BLBD), a leader in electric and low-emission school buses, announced today the pricing of an underwritten secondary public offering by certain stockholders of Blue Bird (the “Selling Stockholders”) of 4,500,000 shares of Blue Bird’s common stock, par value $0.0001 per share (the “Common Stock”), at a price to the public of $20.00 per share. The offering is expected to close on June 12, 2023, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions. The offering consists entirely of secondary shares to be sold by the Selling Stockholders. The Selling Stockholders will receive all of the proceeds from the offering. The Company is not selling any shares of Common Stock in the offering and will not receive any proceeds from the offering.
In addition, the Selling Stockholders have granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 675,000 shares of Common Stock at the public offering price, less underwriting discounts and commissions.
BofA Securities and Barclays are acting as joint lead book-running managers for the offering and as representatives of the underwriters. Jefferies, BMO Capital Markets and Piper Sandler will also act as joint book-running managers and Craig-Hallum, D.A. Davidson & Co., Roth Capital Partners and Academy Securities will act as co-managers for the proposed offering.
The offering is being made pursuant to an effective shelf registration statement (including a prospectus) filed by Blue Bird with the SEC on December 21, 2021 which became effective January 5, 2022 to which this communication relates. Before you invest, you should read the prospectus in the shelf registration statement and the documents incorporated by reference in that registration statement as well as the prospectus supplement and the documents incorporated by reference therein related to this offering. The offering will be made only by means of the prospectus and the related prospectus supplement. A copy of the prospectus and the related prospectus supplement relating to the offering may be obtained, when available, by visiting the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Copies of the prospectus and the related prospectus supplement for the offering may also be obtained, when available, by contacting BofA Securities, Inc., Attn: Prospectus Department, NC1-022-02-25, 201 North Tryon, Charlotte, NC 28255-0001, e-mail: email@example.com, telephone: 800-294-1322 or Barclays Capital Inc., c/o Broadridge Financial Solutions, 1155 Long Island Avenue, Edgewood, NY 11717, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone: 888-603-5847.
This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy these securities, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.
About Blue Bird Corporation
Blue Bird (NASDAQ: BLBD) is recognized as a technology leader and innovator of school buses since its founding in 1927. Blue Bird’s dedicated team members design, engineer and manufacture school buses with a singular focus on safety, reliability, and durability. The Company is the market leader in low- and zero-emission school buses with more than 20,000 propane, natural gas, and electric powered buses in operation today.
This press release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements relate to expectations for future financial performance, business strategies or expectations for our business. Specifically, forward-looking statements include may include statements relating to:
- the closing of this offering;
- the future financial performance of the Company;
- negative changes in the market for Blue Bird products;
- expansion plans and opportunities;
- challenges or unexpected costs related to manufacturing;
union organization activities and job actions, including without limitation strikes, unfair labor practice charges, work stoppages, grievances, and other labor disruptions or disputes, which could disrupt our business and increase our labor costs; future impacts from the novel coronavirus pandemic known as “COVID-19,” and any other pandemics, public health crises, or epidemics, on capital markets, manufacturing and supply chain abilities, consumer and customer demand, school system operations, workplace conditions, and any other unexpected impacts, which include or could include, among other effects:
- disruption in global financial and credit markets;
- supply shortages and supplier financial risk, especially from our single-source suppliers impacted by the pandemic;
- negative impacts to manufacturing operations or the supply chain from shutdowns or other disruptions in operations;
- negative impacts on capacity and/or production in response to changes in demand due to the pandemic, including possible cost containment actions;
- financial difficulties of our customers impacted by the pandemic;
- reductions in market demand for our products due to the pandemic; and
- potential negative impacts of various actions taken by foreign and United States of America federal, state and/or local governments in response to the pandemic.
future impacts resulting from Russia's invasion of Ukraine, which include or could include, among other effects:
- disruption in global commodity and other markets;
- supply shortages and supplier financial risk, especially from suppliers providing inventory that is dependent on resources originating from either of these countries; and
- negative impacts to manufacturing operations resulting from inventory cost volatility or the supply chain due to shutdowns or other disruptions in operations.
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