The company gave no indication of who its prospective partner might be, but a likely possibility is Freightliner, owned by DaimlerChrysler, reports the Calgary Herald. The announcement came on the heels of a request by the Toronto Stock Exchange after Western Star’s shares jumped 24% and trading was stopped.
In a company issued press release, Western Star emphasized there can be no assurance that any discussions will result in an agreement or transaction.
"The rumour is rampant that it's Freightliner," said Winnie Siu, an analyst at Salman Partners in Vancouver, in an interview with the Herald. "That seems like a good likelihood. I think it's a very good fit. Freightliner is also a custom-built heavy truck maker, as is Western Star."