In a merger of two of the leading sports protection companies, Shock Doctor Sports and McDavid Inc. jointly announced that they have agreed to merge their companies.
Financial details weren't disclosed and further details weren’t available.
Tony Armand, president and CEO of Shock Doctor Sports, will become the CEO of the combined businesses while Bob McDavid, president and CEO of McDavid Inc., becomes chairman of the board.
The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and is expected to close during the second quarter of 2015. Both companies will maintain business as usual through a transition period.
“Our mission is to be the number one choice for athletes around the world who demand performance and protection,” said Armand. “Combining Shock Doctor Sports and McDavid will ensure that athletes around the world are protected and benefiting from our performance products.”
“We have been privately held for more than 30 years and over that time McDavid has had many opportunities to partner, merge and even sell,” said Bob McDavid. “This strategic combination comes at the opportune time for our company and the athletes we serve. Merging our respective areas of expertise will help fuel our engagement with athletes, while enhancing our commitment to meaningful innovation and merchandising.”
Founded in 1992, Shock Doctor Sports is best known as the leader in mouthguards. It also makes sports protection gear for hockey, football, baseball, basketball, soccer, martial arts, boxing, and lacrosse, amongst other sports under the Shock Doctor brand. It also owns Cutters Gloves, the maker of football and baseball gloves, as well as XO Sports, known for its patented flex-sided X0 ProCup.
Founded in 1980, McDavid makes sports medicine and sports protection products, in addition to performance apparel with alliances with many MLB and NFL players. Its segments includes SportMed, including braces, sleeves, wraps, guards, and straps; Sports Protection, including pads, supports, and other cushioning products; and Performance Apparel, its sports clothing and equipment line.
Shock Doctor was advised by William Blair & Co. and Dechert LLP. McDavid was advised by Imperial Capital, LLC and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. Financing will be provided by Ares Capital Corp.