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May M&A Roundup: Has Market Hit Rock Bottom?

May was another slow month for M&A in the active-lifestyle marketplace with only a few deals announced and one high-profile acquisition formally abandoned at the finish line. Now that struggling businesses are seeking a lifeline and aggressive buyers are eyeing distressed assets, was this the bottom?

April M&A Roundup: CODI, Exxel, Vicis And More

April was another slow month for M&A in the active-lifestyle market as the coronavirus continued to ravage traditional business transactions, but a few deals were either announced or completed, including those from Compass Diversified Holdings (CODI), Exxel Outdoors and Vicis.

March M&A Roundup: Public Companies Make Moves Before Deals Dry Up

Three public companies—Compass Diversified Holdings, Sportsman’s Warehouse Holdings Inc. and Clarus Corp.—announced key acquisitions last month before the coronavirus all but stopped M&A activity. Most of the transactions that were announced came in the first half of March before social distancing took hold, the stock market collapsed, and businesses began shuttering operations and laying off employees.

February M&A Roundup: BSN Sports, CGPR And More

BSN Sports dominated last month’s M&A activity. The Dallas, TX-based team sports apparel and equipment distributor announced a trio of acquisitions in February, bringing the company’s 2020 total to four. Also, the boutique outdoor and active lifestyle public relations firm CGPR found a new home with a larger agency in a deal that provides synergies for both.

January M&A Roundup: Buzz Around VF’s Next Move Highlights Busy Month

The active lifestyle marketplace began 2020 with a high volume of M&A transactions, but the most notable story didn’t involve a done deal—just one of the highest-profile companies in the industry announcing plans to rightsize its portfolio and potentially target new assets. The January M&A Roundup examines VF’s latest move and asks what’s next?

December M&A Roundup: Pelican, Powdr, Thule And More

Pelican International’s acquisition of Confluence Outdoor headlined a busy December for M&A in the active lifestyle market. It also saw ski resort operator Powdr Corp. expand into Canada and Thule Group add a maker of fly fishing rod vaults to its portfolio. SGB Executive’s monthly roundup breaks down the deals from December and includes the full list of transactions for the month.

November M&A Roundup: SIA, Alterra, Fitbit And More

What the active lifestyle marketplace lacked in M&A volume last month, it made up for in impact thanks to three industry-shifting deals that are sure to resonate with businesses and consumers alike. In our November M&A Roundup, SGB recaps the moves made by Snowsports Industries America, Alterra Mountain Co. and Fitbit Inc.

September M&A Roundup: Spy Optic, Bollé, Dick’s, Sportsman’s And More

September was another busy month for M&A in the active lifestyle space. Notable transactions occurred in outdoor eyewear (Bollé Brands acquired Spy Optic), sporting goods retail (Sportsman’s Warehouse acquired eight Field & Stream stores from Dick’s) and recreational vehicle manufacturing (Winnebago acquired Newmar). SGB digs into the important details of each deal.

June M&A Roundup: Oberalp Boosts Portfolio With Evolv Acquisition

Italy-based Oberalp Group on June 21 broadened its focus on mountain sports by announcing the acquisition of U.S. climbing shoe brand Evolv. That was just one highlight from a busy month for M&A in the active lifestyle space that also included deals in the fishing and fabric categories. Our June M&A Roundup breaks them down.

April M&A Roundup: BSN Grows Again, Volcom Gets Liberated

BSN Sports has become a fixture in SGB Executive’s monthly roundup of M&A activity, and April saw the nation’s largest direct marketer and distributor of sporting goods to the school and league markets grow yet again with the addition of two more assets. In a busy month for deals in the active lifestyle market, surf, skate and snow brand Volcom found a new owner.

March M&A Roundup: JD Sports Adds To U.K. Portfolio

Though March was a slow month for M&A in the active lifestyle space, a handful of deals stood out, including JD Sports strategically shoring up its U.K. portfolio with the purchase of a rival retailer, BSN Sports continuing its acquisitive ways and CorePower Yoga being sold from one private equity firm to another.