Hockey gear maker Bauer buys baseball firm Easton-Bell


Canadian-listed hockey equipment firm Käfig Performance Sports Ltd. offers bought the baseball operations of U. S. -based Easton-Bell Sports for $330 million US.

Bauer, already a global innovator in ice hockey and roller hockey equipment with 53 per cent of the global market, will become the No . 1 seller of recreational softball and baseball equipment following the purchase.

President and CEO Kevin Davis called the deal, to shut in April, a “transformational acquisition. ”

Van Nuys, Calif. -based Easton-Bell Sports continues to personal Easton Hockey and Easton Cycling, though Bauer can own the Easton brand within baseball and softball. Easton-Bell is owned by Fenway Partners LLC and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.

Its competitors for that baseball diamond include Russell Brands LLC unit, manufacturer of the Spalding brand and Rawlings Sporting Goods Co., which supplies baseballs to Major League Baseball.

Bauer, founded within Kitchener, Ont. in 1927 and now based in New Hampshire, sells the Bauer, Mission, Maverik, Cascade, Inaria and Combat brands of hockey gear.

The combined companies generated approximately $593 million US in product sales and $95 million within adjusted earnings before curiosity and tax in 2013.

Most of Easton Baseball/Softball’s leadership team will be joining Bauer, with Cliff Corridor to serve as the executive vice president of the division.

“The team at Easton Baseball and Softball has built a winning report since the launch of its first aluminum bat in 1972, ” Hall said in the press release.

“The acquisition by BPS can build on Easton Baseball and Softball’s tradition of developing game-changing technologies that has positioned this as the world’s leading and many recognized brand in diamond sports activities. ”


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Canadian-listed hockey equipment firm Bauer Performance Sports Ltd. has bought the baseball operations of U. Ersus. -based Easton-Bell Sports intended for $330 million US.

Bauer, already a global leader in ice hockey and roller hockey apparatus with 53 per cent from the global market, will become the particular No . 1 seller of softball and baseball apparatus after the purchase.

President and CEO Kevin Davis called the deal, in order to close in April, a “transformational acquisition. ”

Van Nuys, Calif. -based Easton-Bell Sports continues to own Easton Hockey and Easton Cycling, though Käfig will own the Easton brand name in baseball and recreational softball. Easton-Bell is owned simply by Fenway Partners LLC and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.

Its rivals for the baseball diamond consist of Russell Brands LLC unit, maker of the Spalding brand name and Rawlings Sporting Goods Co., which supplies baseballs to Mlb.

Bauer, started in Kitchener, Ont. within 1927 and now based in Brand new Hampshire, sells the Käfig, Mission, Maverik, Cascade, Inaria and Combat brands of hockey gear.

The particular combined companies generated approximately $593 million US within sales and $95 mil in adjusted earnings before interest and tax within 2013.

The majority of Easton Baseball/Softball’s leadership team is joining Bauer, with Cliff Hall to serve as the particular executive vice president from the division.

“The team at Easton Baseball and Softball has built a winning record since the launch from the first aluminum bat within 1972, ” Hall said in a press release.

“The acquisition by BPS will build on Easton Baseball and Softball’s tradition of creating game-changing technologies that has situated it as the world’s leading and most recognized brand in diamond sports. ”