Vista Outdoor Inc. announced that it has been named a successful bidder in the auction process conducted in connection with Remington Outdoor Company, Inc.’s (ROC’s) Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases pending in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Alabama.

Vista Outdoor will acquire certain assets related to ROC’s ammunition and accessories businesses, including ROC’s ammunition manufacturing facility in Lonoke, AK and related intellectual property, including the Remington brand and trademarks. Vista Outdoor has agreed to pay a gross purchase price of $81.4 million for the assets, subject to certain customary closing adjustments. The transaction is subject to the approval of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Alabama at a hearing scheduled for September 29, 2020, and other customary closing conditions.

“Remington ammunition and accessories have a storied role in America’s sporting heritage, with a legacy dating back to 1816,” said Chris Metz, Vista Outdoor chief executive officer. “We are excited and honored to add the iconic Remington brand and green box to Vista Outdoor’s portfolio of ammunition brands, and Remington accessories to our portfolio of Hunting and Shooting Accessories. The Remington brand is beloved by hunting and shooting sports enthusiasts everywhere and we look forward to restoring it to greatness by leveraging Vista Outdoor’s scale, manufacturing infrastructure, distribution channels and Centers of Excellence.”

“We see a clear path to value creation. With our deep expertise and resources, we can transform Remington’s ammunition and accessories businesses to create a more efficient, profitable and sustainable operation. At the same time, by rescuing the Remington ammunition businesses from bankruptcy, we will protect hundreds of jobs, support wildlife and habitat conservation and ensure that hunting and shooting sports enthusiasts can continue to purchase their favorite ammunition and accessories. We look at this acquisition as a means of better serving millions of consumers with the products they love from one of the country’s original and best-known brands, while furthering Vista Outdoor’s mission of being a powerhouse of passionate outdoor sports and recreation brands,” Metz added.

For the calendar year 2019, aggregate net sales by the Remington ammunition and accessories brands were approximately $200 million. Vista Outdoor expects the transaction to be accretive to earnings, excluding transaction and transition costs, in Fiscal Year 2022.

Vista Outdoor will be using cash-on-hand and available liquidity under its asset-based revolving credit facility to complete this transaction. Assuming court approval is received as anticipated, Vista Outdoor expects to close the transaction early in the third quarter of FY21. Remington’s other business units, including its firearms businesses, will be purchased by other bidders in the auction and operated independently from Vista Outdoor following the closing of those acquisitions.

Vista’s brands include Federal Premium, CamelBak, Bushnell, Camp Chef, Primos, Blackhawk, Bell, Giro, Bushnell Golf, Primos, Eagle, RCBS, CCI, and Speer.

Photo courtesy Remington Ammunition