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December M&A Roundup: Marquee Views Dakine As “Billion-Dollar Opportunity”

The final month of 2018 didn’t provide a high volume of M&A in the active lifestyle space, but a handful of notable deals helped the year close on a strong note, including Marquee Brands LLC’s acquisition of Dakine (pictured). Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed but Marquee sees Dakine as a “billion-dollar opportunity,” said Nate Pund of Houlihan Lokey.

October M&A Roundup: Implus Nets 20th Acquisition

Acquisitions made by a fitness accessories company, a sporting goods retailer and a bike components manufacturer—each with vastly different track records of making deals—highlighted a busy month for M&A across the sporting goods, outdoor and active lifestyle industries.

September M&A Roundup: Ski Resort Consolidation Ramps Up

Signs of the coming ski season are evident in many North American mountain towns, where fall foliage is peaking, snowmaking has begun at some resorts and a new crop of ski and snowboard films is hitting theaters. Ski area operators are especially active these days, of course, but not only from fine-tuning their chairlifts and hiring seasonal staff. They have been busy expanding their empires.

August M&A Roundup: Implus Nets Sporting Goods Asset

The last full month of summer was again quiet on the M&A front, with only a handful of notable deals in the sporting goods, outdoor and active lifestyle industries. But August did get off to a strong start when Implus announced the company would acquire Pro Performance Sports LLC, dba SKLZ, a provider of multisport athletic performance and skill development training products.

June M&A Roundup: Megaresorts Expand Their Empires

Summer is an odd time to discuss what’s happening at North American ski areas—especially with record high temps now sweeping the U.S.—but the escalating “arms race” between megaresort operators Vail Resorts Inc. and Alterra Mountain Co. was among the hottest M&A developments in June.

April M&A Roundup: What’s In Store For Volcom?

April was relatively quiet with fewer notable deals in the sporting goods, outdoor and lifestyle brand verticals, but some large companies such as Columbia and Nike acquired growth while some brands such as Volcom were put on the market.

March M&A Roundup

SGB Executive analyzes the month’s top sports, outdoor & lifestyle brand M&A deals, including JD Sports’ acquisition of Finish Line.

More On Camping World’s Pivot Away From Outdoor Retail

Camping World Holdings Inc. has put outdoor retail in the proverbial rear-view mirror and set its sights on selling only recreational vehicles and accessories—even as the RV market sputters along. As SGB detailed Tuesday in our August M&A Roundup, Camping World last month sold a pair of outdoor specialty retailers. Now that the company has shed some light on its larger plan, those moves are just a hint of what’s to come.