The Beneteau Group reported solid fourth-quarter growth with strong increases in yacht sales.
Beneteau, which is based in western France, was founded by Benjamin Beneteau in 1884 and is led by granddaughter Madame Annette Beneteau Roux. The sailboat division’s U.S. headquarters is in Marion, S.C., and its U.S. powerboat headquarters is in Annapolis, Md.
The Beneteau Group’s U.S. financing partner, SGB Finance North America, launched a new website.
Beneteau America appointed Advantage Yacht Sales of Newburyport, Mass., as an exclusive Beneteau sailboat dealer in northern New England, including Maine, New Hampshire and areas in Massachusetts stretching from Boston to the north.
Beneteau is giving away a new First 22 during the Oct. 8-12 United States Sailboat Show in Annapolis to celebrate 30 years of boatbuilding in America.
Beneteau Group introduced the first carbon edition to the Americas with the First 35.
Beneteau Group CEO Bruno Cathelinais was abruptly ousted because of “differing views” with the supervisory board on the company’s evolution.
Hervé Gastinel was appointed chief executive of Beneteau Group’s boat division, in part to help develop the group’s charter business.
The Beneteau Group said Christopher Caudrelier will take over as chief financial officer for the group, effective Thursday, freeing current CFO Patrick Guilloux to assume the role of chief operating officer for U.S. operations.
Beneteau and Monte Carlo Yachts said the North American premiere of the Monte Carlo 6, or MC6, will be at the Nov. 5-9 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
The Beneteau Group is confirming its full-year 2014-15 forecast for consolidated income from ordinary operations of 37 million euros, or $41.2 million, triple the income from the previous fiscal year.