Fox Racing complements Vista Outdoor’s existing portfolio of brands and extends its leadership position in motocross and mountain bike helmets, protective gear and apparel
Acquisition strengthens outdoor product segment, solid growth 350 million dollars in sales
ANOKA, Minn., August 8, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Vista Outdoor Inc. (NYSE: VSTO), the parent company of 40 renowned brands that design, manufacture and market athletic and outdoor products to consumers around the world, today announced it has completed the acquisition of Irvine, California.-based Fox Racing at a purchase price of $540 millionwith the potential for an additional 50 million dollars Earnout based on Fox Racing financial performance. The addition of Fox Racing, a global icon in performance motocross, mountain biking and lifestyle gear for the adventure seeker, allows Vista Outdoor to add another leading brand in its category to its portfolio, while maintaining a strong balance sheet and being in business existing business reinvested to drive organic growth.
“We are delighted to welcome Fox Racing to the Vista Outdoor family,” he said Chris Metz, Managing Director, Vista Outdoor. “This legendary brand brings us into one of the most passionate sports bases for motocross and expands our presence in mountain biking. Fox Racing is a synergy with our existing action sports business unit which includes Bell Helmets, Giro, Blackburn, Krash, Copilot and Raskullz The addition of Fox Racing to our portfolio will allow us to target multiple consumer demographics in the mountain and… to address road cycling, skiing/snowboarding and powersports. With the now completed acquisition of Fox Racing and the announced proposed acquisition of Simms Fishing Products, we continue to successfully execute on our strategy of leveraging value-added acquisitions to expand leadership positions in all categories while expanding our capability to improve long-term growth opportunities in the outdoor leisure space.”
For 50 years, Fox Racing has been a leading voice in the motocross and adventure community, with a dedicated fan base and a talented group of employees who embody the brand’s mission to “Honor yesterday, conquer today and conquer tomorrow.” invent”. Fox Racing’s long history of creating innovative gear that helps racers and explorers reach new heights is a perfect fit with Vista Outdoor’s existing portfolio of leading outdoor brands. Fox Racing grew net sales at a compound annual growth rate of approximately 20 percent from calendar year 2019 through 2021 and is expected to grow an additional approximately 20 percent in calendar year 2022.
Jeffrey McGuane, CEO of Fox Racing, will continue to lead the brand alongside the current members of the Fox Racing executive team. Fox Racing is now part of Vista Outdoor’s Outdoor Products segment and will be incorporated into the new Outdoor Products Company upon completion of the previously announced separation.
Vista Outdoor paid a gross purchase price of $540 million, subject to certain customary closing adjustments and excluding contingent incentives of up to $50 million, subject to the achievement of certain EBITDA targets. For calendar year 2022, Fox Racing’s full year net sales and Adjusted EBITDA are expected to be approximately $350 million and $55 million, respectively. Vista Outdoor expects the transaction to have an immediate earnings impact, excluding transaction costs, transition costs and inventory replenishment.
Vista Outdoor financed this acquisition through a combination of a $600 million asset-based revolving credit facility, which will replace Vista Outdoor’s existing asset-based revolving credit facility, and a $350 million secured loan facility . Vista Outdoor’s leverage ratio remains well within the target leverage ratio of 1x to 2x.
About Fox Racing
Fox Racing has been about family since 1974, when Geoff Fox first introduced the world to our iconic logo. Not just in name – a legacy that continues to this day – but also in the idea of celebrating and sharing the passion of life on two wheels with the world. This is what drives us, inspires us and keeps us close. Because “Skulk” is more than just a word for a family of foxes – it’s the adventure, the loyalty of friends and everything that happens along the way.
About Vista Outdoor Inc.
Vista Outdoor (NYSE: VSTO) is the parent company of more than three dozen renowned brands that design, manufacture and market athletic and outdoor products. We serve a wide and diverse range of consumers around the world, including outdoor enthusiasts, golfers, cyclists, barbecue grills, campers, hunters, recreational shooters, athletes, and law enforcement and military professionals. Our Outdoor Products and Sporting Products reporting segments provide these consumers with a wide range of performance-oriented, high quality and innovative outdoor and sporting products. Our operating model leverages shared resources across brands to achieve levels of excellence and performance that would be unattainable for a single brand. Brands include Remington Ammunition, Bushnell, CamelBak, Bushnell Golf, Foresight Sports, Fox Racing, Bell Helmets, Camp Chef, Giro, QuietKat, Stone Glacier, Federal Ammunition and more. Vista Outdoor products are sold by leading retailers and distributors throughout North America and worldwide. Visit our website at www.vistaoutdoor.com for news and information.
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