Foot Locker, Inc. signed a definitive agreement to acquire Runners Point Warenhandelsges. mbH (RPG), the owner of the Runners Point and Sidestep chains in Germany, for total cash consideration of €72 million (approximately $94 million).
RPG is currently majority owned by the private equity firm Hannover Finanz. The company’s Chief Executive Officer, Otto Hurler, and Chief Financial Officer, Harald Wittig own the balance of the company. Both Hurler and Wittig, along with other members of senior management, will remain with the company post-acquisition. The transaction is subject to review by merger control authorities in Germany.
RPG, based in Recklinghausen, has a leading position in the German athletic retail market, operating more than 200 stores – with its most prominent banners being Runners Point and Sidestep – as well as an online subsidiary, Tredex. RPG previously announced sales of €197 million ($254 million) for calendar year 2012. Most of the stores are in Germany, although there are also Runners Point and Sidestep stores in The Netherlands, Austria, and Switzerland. While most of the stores are owned and operated by RPG, 28 of the stores are operated by franchisees.
“We are excited to be adding Runners Point, a fast-growing, multi-format and multi-channel business, to our already-strong European operations,” said Ken C. Hicks, chairman and chief executive officer of Foot Locker, Inc. “This acquisition will enhance our position in Germany, the strongest economy in Europe, and also provide us with additional banners to further diversify and expand our European business. We also intend to leverage Tredex’s strong digital capabilities to accelerate growth in our own developing European e-commerce business.”
“Our association with Foot Locker will significantly enhance the Runners Point team’s ability to capitalize on the growth strategies we have been actively pursuing in recent years,” said Hurler. “We look forward to working closely together to maximize the performance of our business as part of one of the world’s leading specialty athletic retailers.”
Foot Locker, Inc. operates 3,335 stores in 23 countries. Foot Locker Europe had 590 locations at the close of 2012. Its banners include Foot Locker, Footaction, Lady Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker, and Champs. It has three Run By Foot Locker locations in New York City; Edison, NJ; and Dallas.