Lehman Trikes Looking For Investment, Strategic Merger Or Selling The Company.

Lehman Trikes Inc., calling itself the “Leader Of The Three World” and specializing in trikes, trike kits and conversions, issued a press release to investors signed by its President Kennon D. Hines, in which the company announces that it is looking for strategies to enhance shareholder value. Options include the possibility of selling, a strategic business merger with cost saving initiatives. Lehman Trikes Inc. stock (OTC Symbol LTRKF) lost 97.55% of its value in 5 years and 54.77% during the last 12 month. Market capitalization (shares x price of share) seems to be under $500,000.

The company was originally founded and established in 1985 by John Lehman in a rural community of Alberta, Canada. Using his garage as a workshop, and a 1981 Honda CB900 as a donor nike, he had successfully achieved his goal, to build a very comfortable 3-wheeler. Progressively Lehman Trikes achieved recognition throughout the motorcycle community for innovation, leadership, and advancement of three-wheel motorcycles. Now based in Spearfish, South Dakota, Lehman has grown to become a publicly traded company. After the jump, I publish in full the Lehman press release addressed to investors.

Lehman Trikes looks for strategies to enhance shareholder value.

Lehman Trikes, Inc. (LTI) Board of Directors is looking into various strategic alternatives to enhance shareholder value, including the possibility of selling the company. LTI announces that its Board has formed a committee of Directors to explore a range of options to improve the position of its shareholders, which could take the form of cost savings initiatives,
the sale of the company, or a strategic business merger.

The Board has received an expression of interest from an investment firm to engage in a due diligence review with a view to making a significant investment in LTI. During this review period, which coincides with the company’s traditional slow time, LTI will continue to conduct
business under a reduced scope of operations.

“In light of the challenging economic environment and current market conditions, the Board has determined to look more closely at a range of alternatives,” Ken Hines, President, said. “It is expected that these efforts will transition the company to take advantage of opportunities
with well known industry participants.” LTI is considered one of the trike industry’s foremost leaders and is well known for its high
quality and reliable products. There is no assurance that any transaction will be completed.

Kennon D. Hines, President Lehman Trikes, Inc., 125 Industrial Dr., Spearfish, SD 57783 Phone: 605-642-2111, Fax: 605-642-1184, Email: investorinfo@lehmantrikes.com
Marc Rose, Chairman
John Lehman, Director
Larry Strilchuk, Director
Jim Wild, Director

28 Responses to “Lehman Trikes Looking For Investment, Strategic Merger Or Selling The Company.”

  1. 1 Brandon Nov 4th, 2011 at 8:23 am

    And everybody was saying that the trikes market was expanding. Go figure…

  2. 2 Hamilton Nov 4th, 2011 at 8:25 am

    Go back as a private company. Limit your number of models to a minimum. Save money everywhere you can. Or Kaput!

  3. 3 Woody Nov 4th, 2011 at 9:27 am

    A shame, John & Linda are two of the nicer people you’d ever want to meet. Sometimes smaller is better. It’s hard to serve both shareholders and customers, ask any Harley customer.

  4. 4 666 Nov 4th, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Merge with the Alsops….Then you can all go broke together !!!!

  5. 5 notwilliegee Nov 4th, 2011 at 9:57 am

    This had to be expected, HD buddied up to Lehman, learned
    the trade and dropped them like a used sorority girl….

    With HD building it’s own trikes customers are going
    straight to the MOCO for trikes, the market hasn’t dropped
    the customers have moved.

    Sounds like an opportunity for Victory….

  6. 6 Jester Nov 4th, 2011 at 10:01 am

    An opportunity for Victory…and for Harley to get everything Lehman for almost zero. No private group/investors is going to infuse Lehman with cash. It’s not gonna happen.

  7. 7 Dragon Nov 4th, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Sad, but I think it’s already over. RIP Lehman.

  8. 8 Jeff Nicklus Nov 4th, 2011 at 10:18 am

    It never ceases to amaze me that almost every company that gets in bed with HD usually end up at the bottom of the pile when the Motor Co is finished with them …… what was that old song by Deep Purple/Richie Blackmore – “Mistreated” that says, in part …” I’ve been mistreated, I’ve been abused.
    I’ve been struck downhearted, baby, I’ve been confused ’cause I know, yes, I know I’ve been mistreated.”

    That about says it all…………

    Over & Out,


  9. 9 jimmy b Nov 4th, 2011 at 10:27 am

    666, people like you need to stay off this blog, or any other blog that supports this industry. Lehman has been a part of this industry for a long time. You are bashing on an American company that employs American people. It’s people like you that are hindering this industry, not supporting.

  10. 10 Mr. Potts Nov 4th, 2011 at 10:43 am

    I hate to see an American company go by the wayside. Lets hope it doesn’t happen!

  11. 11 Joe Cree Nov 4th, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Sad to see. It’s a reflection on our industry as a whole people. Between over legislation and an economy that’s in the dumper and has been for years and will be for years to come from what I see, it’s tough for almost anyone in this industry to survive. Markets do shift and customer bases are shifting too. Versatile, multi task, decently priced motorcycles seem to be the way to go or at least that’s our focus. I hate to see any American business go under. Reminds me of an old Halrey shirt that used to say “Buy American, the job you save may be your own.” And I’m not shocked to see HD used them and then dumped on them. Seems to be the HD way.

  12. 12 1550tc Nov 4th, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Jeff………you go to bed with a whore you know what your going to get,

    I feel for all the lil guys/shops who helped build Lehman

  13. 13 666 Nov 4th, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    jimmy b sounds like you should be the savior then and invest a few mill.. I am sure the guys at Lehman woul.d take it

  14. 14 Doc Robinson Nov 5th, 2011 at 6:58 am

    666 – your comment re the Alsops is not only mean spirited but wrong. Kevin and Mona Alsop, although facing tough times in a market that has seen many manufacturers close shop, are still in business and very likely to remain so. Sales in various overseas countries are growing and are especially good in Australia where the local importer of Big Bear Choppers, Wild Card Customs, is having trouble keeping up the build rate to satisfy a fairly long waiting list of customers. That’s a fact.

  15. 15 RICHARD Nov 5th, 2011 at 7:07 am

    John and Linda, try to hang in there for one more year or so, as soon as the Presidential elections are over, everything will change around.
    Hang on for one more year, that’s all you have to do, there will be a boom, like you won’t believe after that.
    You did a good job, hold on.

  16. 16 Mike Tomas Kiwi Indian MC Co Nov 5th, 2011 at 9:20 am

    It is truly a shame to see such a 1st class, world leader, very professional and highly respected company in this condition.
    It is also despicable that Harley would do what they did to a fellow American company especially after allying themselves with Lehman. All for Harley’s self gain in the end which appears was their goal from the get go.
    We Americans are competing with low cost overseas countries yet some American companies prefer to stab some fellow Americans in the heart after giving them the golden keys of how to manufacture that product.
    Truly a shame.

  17. 17 666 Nov 5th, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Not trying to be mean to anyone..This portion of the business/industry is about over.It was fueled by the rising values of homes and people using the real estate as a cash machine..That too is long finished.Take what money you have left and hold on to it. You made some so try and keep what is left.

  18. 18 666 Nov 5th, 2011 at 11:41 am

    mike tomas you are correct but unfortunately HD being a public company plays by different rules. To them it’s just business as usual.as it is with most large corporations, Just because it is motorcycles and many think that therefore should be different to big corps it is just “a Product”

  19. 19 Olive Oil Nov 5th, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Just curious as what HD did to Lehman? I must be out in the dark about this. I know they were using Lehman kits for their factory built trikes but have to be brought up to date as to what happened??

  20. 20 Pepper Massey Nov 5th, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Always sad to see good people and good companies struggle. Lehman Trikes build a quality product and have exceptional customer service values.
    Wishing only the best for Ken and his team.

  21. 21 bigalyts Nov 5th, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    I met the Owners in Daytona about ^ years ago and they were a Class outfit and so were their People. I know that if you can create a need for 50 Billion, then you can get it from Obama. He won’t give any loans for less than that!

  22. 22 Dave Nov 5th, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    Sorry HD and Obama bashers, but Lehman was in decline BEFORE the TriGlide deal and the country had a Republican administration.

    The Harley investment likely saved the Lehman corporate life at the time. HD had the TriGlide on the drawing boards for a long time and the joint venture allowed them to move forward sooner, since Lehman had unused capacity to make the trikes.

    It is entirely possible (and in fact, probable) that the joint venture deal was agreed in advance, to transfer future production to Harley facilities.

    Not to be lost in all of this is all the various problems with the trikes built under the venture. While most were the result of moving to a Harley engineered design, some of that may have also been caused by Lehman simultaneously, attempting to ramp up a relationship with Victory.

    The fact is that if HD had not made the investment in Lehman, there may well not have been a company to put up for sale today.

  23. 23 Mark Ashton Nov 6th, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Dave. You are absolutely right. Lehman was in trouble since a long time. The stock value starting to decline 5 years ago as the chart published by Cyril clearly shows. Harley helped Lehman survive, not their main purpose. People may have a positive view of the Lehman brand, but I am sorry to say that it’s another brand in the motorcycle industry unable to understand what’s going on in the world, unable to adjust, to re-structure and to redefine its products. Most people in the industry have ideas, but no clues about business, management and marketing. There is room for a trike manufacturer, just a small niche market. Baggers and trikes are not potential growth markets. Quite the opposite. I bet that in 3 to 5 years, bagger sales are going to begin to slow down. It’s a market of transition giving some extra time to manufacturers to conqueer new targets (youth) and new markets (India, South America) Lehman should have done pretty good during 3 to 5 more years. They didn’t. Their fault.

  24. 24 666 Nov 6th, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Dave and Mark,
    This is absolutely no surprise…… Glad you could share it with us.. Most all iof these motorcycle builders/companys were in trouble the day they opened.Most were entusiastic but extremely under funded

  25. 25 Kelley Nov 6th, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Met with Cyril in Spearfish 2 years ago during Sturgis. We were talking very close to the Lehman factory. He told me that he was certain they would go down in the next couple of years. He explained to me why he thought so. Enthusiasts with no funding, no clue about business and I remember him telling me, no intelligent marketing. Same reasons than what Mark just explained above in his comment. Amen.

  26. 26 John White Nov 6th, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    Yep, the boom was created by borrowing on home mortgages and those times are gone. All that is left is the debt and the slow pain of paying it off. It will take a few more years for everyone to catch up with their upside down situations. Meanwhile companies selling bikes and boats need to find new markets like China. Even a ten year old Harley will sell for 35K in a week in Shanghai. Cash flow is king. Not sure if investment would help. Someone here said Victory would be a good match. Victory does have free cash flow and is aquiring companies at a rate of two per month. Victory just invested in an Oregon company that makes electric bikes. That same company is booming from sales of police bikes to Hong Kong. This selling of US make electric bikes in Hong Kong says there is a market, you just have to find it.

    John White
    Crazy Horse Motors

  27. 27 Steve Roberts Nov 7th, 2011 at 11:01 am

    I looked at Lehman for a trike when I first started looking when my health was affected with balance issues. I went as far as almost buying a VW pan and transmission to build a homemade trike. When Harley Davidson came out with there trike in 2009, I started looking very seriously at there new design. In 2010, I purchased a Tri-glide and could not be more pleased. If you look at the drop in Lehman sales, it coincides with the release of the Harley Davidsons new trikes. I had a dear friend that died on the highway because of his conversion kit, so I don’t put much stock in conversions design or safety.

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