Dorel to Appeal Decision Rendered by Luxembourg Administrative Tribunal
Dorel Industries Inc. (“Dorel”) announces that it intends to appeal a decision of the Luxembourg Administrative Tribunal received on January 22, 2021 with respect to taxation on the transfer of certain assets in connection with an internal corporate reorganization that took place in 2015. The decision of the Luxembourg Administrative Tribunal concluded, in effect, that one of Dorel’s wholly-owned subsidiaries owes €46.8 million (euros) in tax (US $56.9 million) plus applicable interest.
Dorel considers that the transfer of assets was not taxable and intends to appeal the decision to the Luxembourg Administrative Court. Dorel is confident that it has strong grounds for the appeal and that the appeal will be successful, although no assurances can be given in this regard. Dorel expects that the appeal will be heard, and a judgment rendered, later this year. After consultation with its professional advisors, Dorel accrued US$2.5 million in its 2018 annual financial statements as its best estimate for this potential tax liability.
About Dorel Industries Inc.
Dorel Industries Inc. (TSX: DII.B, DII.A) is a global organization, operating three distinct businesses in juvenile products, bicycles and home products. Dorel’s strength lies in the diversity, innovation and quality of its products as well as the superiority of its brands. Dorel Juvenile’s powerfully branded products include global brands Maxi-Cosi, Quinny and Tiny Love, complemented by regional brands such as Safety 1st, Bébé Confort, Cosco and Infanti. Dorel Sports brands include Cannondale, Schwinn, GT, Mongoose, Caloi and IronHorse. Dorel Home, with its comprehensive e-commerce platform, markets a wide assortment of domestically produced and imported furniture. Dorel has annual sales of US $2.6 billion and employs approximately 8,000 people in facilities located in 25 countries worldwide.
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