Vista Outdoor Inc. (“Vista Outdoor”) (NYSE: VSTO) announced today that it has completed the divestiture of the legal entities operating its Bollé, Cébé and Serengeti brands (the “Eyewear Brands”).
“Completing the sale of our Eyewear brands is a positive step in our strategic transformation plan,” said Chris Metz, Vista Outdoor’s Chief Executive Officer. “We believe this is a mutually beneficial arrangement for both parties, and we are excited that the buyer will help these iconic brands thrive.”
Vista Outdoor announced its intention to sell the Eyewear business in November of 2017. In May of 2018, the company announced its transformation plan to explore strategic options for several brands outside of the company’s core markets of ammunition, hunting and shooting accessories, hydration bottles and packs, and outdoor cooking products. In July, the company announced it had entered into a definitive agreement to sell the eyewear brands to an entity controlled by a significant European private equity fund.
Gross proceeds from the divestiture were $158 million. Vista Outdoor’s net proceeds from the sale, after certain transaction adjustments and financial advisor fees, were approximately $154 million. The purchase price will be subject to a customary post-closing true-up for working capital and other items.
“We are eager to build on the momentum from this sale,” said Metz. “We are hard at work on the next stage of our transformation plan and confident in our ability to put Vista Outdoor on a path for future success.”
Robert W. Baird & Co. served as transaction and financial advisor and Reed Smith LLP served as legal advisor to Vista Outdoor in connection with the transaction.
About Vista Outdoor Inc. Vista Outdoor is a leading global designer, manufacturer and marketer of consumer products in the growing outdoor sports and recreation markets. The company operates in two segments, Outdoor Products and Shooting Sports, and has a portfolio of well-recognized brands that provides consumers with a wide range of performance-driven, high-quality and innovative products for individual outdoor recreational pursuits. Vista Outdoor products are sold at leading retailers and distributors across North America and worldwide. Vista Outdoor is headquartered in Farmington, Utah and has manufacturing operations and facilities in 13 U.S. States, Canada, Mexico, and Puerto Rico along with international sales and sourcing operations in Asia, Australia, Canada, and Europe. For news and information visit www.vistaoutdoor.com or follow us on Twitter @VistaOutdoorInc and Facebook at www.facebook.com/vistaoutdoor.
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