Chinese Company Invests in Alt-Fuel Engine Mfg. PSI

Power Solutions International (PSIX) has announced a strategic investment and collaboration agreement with a China-based global diesel engine designer, Weichai America Corporation.

Weichai America will invest $60 million in PSI through a combination of newly issued common equity and preferred shares. Through this alliance, PSI said it will gain access to Weichai’s international manufacturing facilities and supply chain network.  

The two companies have also agreed to a collaboration arrangement to fast-track market penetration opportunities for each of the company’s product lines across various global markets. This will include offering end-user segments.

As part of the agreement, Weichai America will purchase 2,728,752 newly issued shares of Common Stock of PSI at $8 per share for $21,830,016 in cash. Weichai will also purchase 2,385,624 shares of Series B Convertible Perpetual Preferred Stock for an aggregate purchase price of $38,169,984, reflecting an as converted price of eight dollars per share of Common Stock.

“Our strategic investment into PSI will further enhance Weichai’s globalization strategy and brand recognition by strengthening our presence in the key North American markets," said Shaojun Sun, executive president of Weichai. "Our collaboration with PSI will create synergies particularly in the areas of product manufacturing, sales and marketing and cost reduction by leveraging the experience, expertise and resources of Weichai and PSI, and will lay a solid foundation for PSI’s future growth in the Chinese and other new markets."

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Gary Winemaster, chairman and chief executive officer of PSI, said, "The opportunity to partner with a global leader like Weichai enables PSI to strengthen our capital structure and significantly accelerate our growth trajectory.  Through this alliance, we will dramatically expand adoption of our engines and technologies for transportation, power generation, and industrial applications within our current markets, including China, the world's largest market opportunity."

PSI will in turn use the $60 million investment to refinance the company’s debt structure and support its long-term growth objectives.

In addition, PSI and Weichai will establish a steering committee of three top-level executives from each company, who will oversee the implementation of the collaboration.

The closing is set to occur no later than April 4, 2017. 

The collaboration comes as a delight for PSI after the company’s stock price plummeted by more than 100 percent last month in February, following the launch of an internal investigation and the subsequent resignations of RSM US, LLP, the company's former accountant firm, and Michael Lewis, PSI’s chief financial officer.

Succeeding RSM US LLP, PSI appointed Frazier & Deeter as the new accounting firm to re-audit the past three years’ worth of financial reporting after the initial uncovering of revenue errors.

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