Vista Outdoor Announces Closing of Acquisition of Simms Fishing Products


sims to anchor a new platform in the fishing category within Vista Outdoor’s portfolio of outdoor products

The acquisition strengthens Vista Outdoor with the 12th strong brand and adds approx. $110 million in net sales

ANOKA, Minn., August 23, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Vista Outdoor Inc. (NYSE: VSTO), the parent company of 41 renowned brands that design, manufacture and market sports and outdoor products to consumers around the world, today announced the closing of its acquisition of Bozeman, Mont.based on Simms Fishing Products for a purchase price of $192.5 millionwhich includes a net present value of approximately $20 million in future tax benefits.

“The addition of Simms Fishing Products to the Vista Outdoor family is a transformation for our growing outdoor products segment,” said Chris Metz, CEO, Vista Outdoor. “As the anchor of our new fishing platform, sims expands our core addressable market into a new, highly attractive category with a premium, innovative brand that has significant room for growth. We are particularly pleased that sims keep calling bozeman house and will continue to design and produce their world famous waders in Montana.”

sims was founded in 1980 and later acquired in 1993 by KC Walsh, its current executive chairman, who continues with the company as a strategic advisor and advocate for conservation and government affairs. Sims CEO Casey Sheahan continues to direct the day-to-day operations of simsand the current sims the management team and existing employee base will remain in place.

sims is now part of the Outdoor Products segment of Vista Outdoor and will be included in the new Outdoor Products Company upon completion of the previously announced separation.

Transaction Details

Vista Outdoor paid a gross purchase price of $192.5 millionwhich included a net present value of approximately $20 million in future tax benefits. sims increased net sales by a compound annual growth rate of approximately 15% from calendar year 2019 to 2021 and is expected to grow beyond that of calendar year 2022. Vista Outdoor expects the transaction is accretive to earnings, excluding transaction costs, transition costs and inventory strengthening, in Fiscal Year 2024.

Vista Outdoor financed this acquisition through an existing ABL credit facility. After acquiring sims, Vista Outdoor’s leverage ratio is well below its target leverage ratio of one to two times. Vista Outdoor plans to deleverage approximately 1.5x by the end of fiscal 2023.

About Simms Fishing

Since 1980, Simms Fishing has created products that inspire you to fish. We use our hands to make revolutionary gear designed to fish harder and go further. Our products serve a higher purpose. Fishing is fishing, but more importantly, equipment that performs at the highest level allows all anglers to enjoy the overall fishing experience and all of the unique nuances that occur before and after the catch. And as the fishery has progressed, so have we become a state-of-the-art design and manufacturing hub, where innovators converge in Bozeman, Montana, to form a diverse and creative family. To learn more, visit www.simsfishing.com.

About Vista Outdoor Inc.

Vista Outdoor (NYSE: VSTO) is the parent company of more than three dozen renowned brands that design, manufacture and market sports and outdoor products. We serve a wide range of consumers worldwide, including outdoor enthusiasts, golfers, cyclists, backyard grillers, campers, hunters, recreational shooters, athletes, as well as law enforcement. order and military professionals. Our reporting segments, Outdoor Products and Sporting Goods, offer these consumers a wide range of innovative, high-quality and performance-oriented outdoor and sporting products. Our operating model relies on resources shared between brands to achieve levels of excellence and performance that would be out of reach for a single brand in isolation. Brands include Remington Ammunition, Bushnell, CamelBak, Bushnell Golf, Foresight Sports, Fox Racing, Bell Helmets, Camp Chef, Giro, QuietKat, Stone Glacier, Federal Ammunition and more. Vista Outdoor products are sold at major retailers and distributors across North America and around the world. For news and information, visit our website at www.vistaoutdoor.com.

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SOURCEVista Outdoor Inc.

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