Mergers & Acquisitions
LONDON (BRAIN) — Future plc, which in May sold off its cycling magazines and websites, including CyclingNews.com and BikeRadar.com, announced Friday that it is selling its last remaining endurance sports title, Triathlon Plus magazine.
SEATTLE (BRAIN) — K2 Sports has entered into an agreement to acquire custom cycling and triathlon apparel brand Squadra. The purchase complements K2 Sports’ growing portfolio of endurance sports brands, including Zoot Sports.
LA CAÑADA, Calif. (BRAIN) — The owner of Eastern Mountain Sports and Bob's Stores has agreed to buy the California-based retail chain Sport Chalet, creating one of the largest sporting goods retailers in the U.S., with more than 150 stores and $800 million in total sales last year. EMS and Sport Chalet each sells bikes and bike accessories at some of their locations.
LONDON (BRAIN) — Future plc has agreed to sell its Sport and Craft titles, including its cycling magazines and cycling websites, to Immediate Media Company for £24 million ($40.1 million), the company announced early Thursday.
SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Most retailers are unfamiliar with the Southern California company C-Preme, but its patent-pending technology that integrates a video camera inside a helmet could add some zest to future helmet sales. That’s the strategic thinking behind BRG Sports’ acquisition Tuesday of the 4-year-old helmet company, Terry Lee, chairman and CEO of BRG Sports, told BRAIN in an interview late Tuesday.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (BRAIN) — American Bicycle Group has bought Tri-Cycle Bicycle Rentals, which rents bikes at multisport events in the Northeast.
SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Chris Tutton, the new owner of the Easton cycling business, says that under his ownership the brand will get back to its roots as a scrappy, entrepreneurial business.
SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Say goodbye to those public quarterly earnings reports and investor conference calls from Easton-Bell Sports. The termination of those reports is just one of the several changes resulting from the company's sell-off of its Easton-branded businesses.
SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. (BRAIN) — BRG Sports Inc. has agreed to sell its Easton cycling business to Chris Tutton, an industry veteran who owns Race Face Performance Products and is a former Easton OEM sales manager.
VAN NUYS, Calif. (BRAIN) — Easton-Bell Sports, Inc. has agreed to sell its Easton baseball and softball business to Bauer Sports for $330 million, the company announced Thursday. It also said it is close to selling its Easton hockey business to "a third party."
VEVEY, Switzerland (BRAIN) — The iconic brand PowerBar has a new owner—Post Holdings, the maker of Grape-Nuts, Post Raisin Brand, Honey Bunches of Oats and other foodstuffs. Nestle SA sold the brand, along with its Australian sport nutrition company, Musashi, to Post. Nestle made the announcement Monday.
VISTA, Calif. (BRAIN) — Twenty-five days after Trek announced its purchase of Electra, Skip Hess, who led the brand’s development for almost five years, stepped down Friday telling Electra’s staff his decision to leave is effective immediately.
BURNABY, British Columbia (BRAIN) — Dorel Industries' Sugoi Performance Apparel has acquired the mountain bike and lifestyle apparel brand Sombrio.
WILMINGTON, Del. (BRAIN) — Blue Competition Cycles, which has been off the market for nearly two years, has been sold; the new owners and management say it will begin shipping 2014 model bikes this month.
WATERLOO, WI (BRAIN) — Trek Bicycle announced that it has acquired Electra Bicycle Company. In a press release issued Monday morning, Trek said the move “provides Electra with business and logistical support as well as distribution assets that will ensure the growth of the brand.”
CARREGOSA, Portugal (BRAIN) — Polisport Group has acquired the Dutch baby seat maker Bobike, the companies announced Monday.
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA (BRAIN) — Emerald Expositions, owner of Interbike, Outdoor Retailer and Bicycle Retailer & Industry News, has acquired GLM Markets and one of its trade shows, Surf Expo, for $335 million.
PARK CITY, UT (BRAIN) — Backcountry has purchased Bergfreunde.de, an outdoor equipment e-commerce retailer that serves Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Backcountry, which owns CompetitiveCyclist.com, said the purchase marks its entry into the European market.
PAAL-BERINGEN, Belgium (BRAIN) — Ridley co-owner and CEO Jochim Aerts and an investment group have bought out the Kumpen family's share of the Belgium bike brand.
BALTIMORE, MD (BRAIN) — Sports clothing brand Under Armour has paid $150 million for MapMyFitness, the digital fitness mapping company that claims to have more than 20 million registered users.