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Blue Bird Corp (BLBD): Spitfire Capital Fires Letter To The Board, Still Opposes Takeover

Julian Allen‘s Spitfire Capital has recently sent a letter to the Board of Blue Bird Corp (NASDAQ:BLBD), urging it to dismiss American Securities LLC’s interest in the company. The letter was attached to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and, together with a presentation, makes the case for Blue Bird to remain a publicly-traded entity and backs the current management to continue running the company. The fund holds 1.52 million shares or 7.3% of the common stock and is the company’s third largest shareholder.

According to the letter, the recovery of the US school bus industry, in which Blue Bird Corp (NASDAQ:BLBD) has a solid footing, has allowed the company to diversify its product mix and reach a market share of roughly 30%. The fund argues that Blue Bird’s substantial free cash flow levels and a non-capital-intensive business model will allow it to repay all its current debts by the end of 2018, freeing the management to pursue other growth strategies after that.

Julian Allen and his team argue that the proposal to sell the Blue Bird for $12.80 to $13.10 per share significantly undervalues the company. “The Proposal provides no value to stockholders for the Company’s revenue growth or improving margins. Equally, the Proposal provides no value for the free cash flow generation outlined above,” reads the letter. Spitfire has estimated near term value of the stock to range between $22 and $28 per share.


At the end of the first quarter, roughly 83% of Blue Bird Corp (NASDAQ:BLBD) was held by 9 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey, unchanged during the quarter. The current contender,  American Securities LLC’s ASP BB Holdings has acquired its 57.15% stake from Stephen Feinberg’s Cerberus Capital Management after the end of the first quarter. Christopher Shackelton and Adam Gray’s fund, Coliseum Capital, also held a sizable position, which amounted to 2.62 million shares according to its latest 13F filing.

You can access the original SEC filing by clicking here.

Ownership Summary Table

Name Sole Voting Power Shared Voting Power Sole Dispositive Power Shared Dispositive Power Aggregate Amount Owned Power Percent of Class
Spitfire Capital 1,523,601 0 1,523,601 0 1,523,601 7.3%
Julian A.L. Allen 1,523,601 0 1,523,601 0 1,523,601 7.3%
Julian Allen
Julian Allen
Spitfire Capital

Page 1 of 26 – SEC Filing



Washington, D.C. 20549


Under the Securities Exchange Act of

(Amendment No. 1)

Blue Bird Corporation

(Name of Issuer)

Common Stock par value $0.0001 per share

(Title of Class Securities)


(CUSIP Number)

Julian A.L. Allen

Spitfire Capital, LLC

222 Front Street, Suite 401

San Francisco, CA 94111

(415) 878-1901

(Name, Address and Telephone Number of
Person Authorized to Receive Notices and Communications)

August 1, 2016

(Date of Event Which Requires Filing of
this Statement)

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