M&A Deal Summary

JD Sports Fashion Acquires GO Outdoors

On November 28, 2016, JD Sports Fashion plc acquired retail company GO Outdoors Ltd. from 3i Private Equity and YFM Equity Partners for 112M GBP

Acquisition Highlights
  • This is JD Sports Fashion’s 4th transaction in the Retail sector.
  • This is JD Sports Fashion’s 2nd largest (disclosed) transaction.
  • This is JD Sports Fashion’s 3rd transaction in the United Kingdom.

M&A Deal Summary

Date 2016-11-28
Target GO Outdoors Ltd.
Sector Retail
Buyer(s) JD Sports Fashion plc
Sellers(s) 3i Private Equity
YFM Equity Partners
Deal Type Add-on Acquisition
Deal Value 112M GBP

Target

GO Outdoors Ltd.

Sheffield, United Kingdom
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GO Outdoors Ltd. is a specialist retailer of camping equipment, tents, outdoor clothing and footwear. GO Outdoors was establishment in 1998 and is based in Sheffield, United Kingdom.

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Buyer(S) 1

Buyer

JD Sports Fashion plc

Bury, United Kingdom

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Category Company
Founded 1981
SectorRetail
Employees61,053
Revenue 6.2B GBP (2021)
DESCRIPTION

JD is a retailer and distributor of branded sportswear and fashion wear in the UK with over 800 stores. JD also has a growing performance sports and outdoor division. The company was founded in 1981 and is based in Bury, the United Kingdom.


DEAL STATS #
Overall 5 of 8
Sector (Retail) 4 of 6
Type (Add-on Acquisition) 1 of 4
Country (United Kingdom) 3 of 4
Year (2016) 3 of 3
Size (of disclosed) 2 of 3
PREVIOUS DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2016-03-23 Aktiesport B.V.

Amsterdam Zuid-Oost, Netherlands

Aktiesport B.V. operates a chain of sports goods retail stores. The company also sells sports goods through Internet. The company was founded in 1982 and is based in Amsterdam Zuid-Oost, the Netherlands.

Buy -
FOLLOWING DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2018-03-26 The Finish Line, Inc.

Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

The Finish Line, Inc. is a premium retailer of athletic shoes, apparel and accessories. Finish Line has approximately 1,020 Finish Line branded locations primarily in U.S. malls and shops inside Macy’s department stores. The Finish Line was formed in 1976 and is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Buy $558M

Seller(S) 2

SELLER

3i Private Equity

London, United Kingdom

Investor Investor Investor Investor Investor

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Category Private Equity Firm
Founded 1945
PE ASSETS 11.0B GBP
SizeMega
Type Sector Agnostic
DESCRIPTION

3i Private Equity is the private equity arm of 3i Group, a publicly held, global investment firm focused on private equity and infrastructure investing. 3i Private Equity generally targets buyout and growth capital financings and looks for opportunities across Europe, North America, and Asia. The Firm's targeted transaction range is €100 to €500 million. Industries of interest include business services, healthcare, consumer, media, oil/gas & power, technology, and financial services. 3i Group was originally formed in 1945 and is based in London.


DEAL STATS #
Overall 174 of 188
Sector (Retail) 8 of 8
Type (Add-on Acquisition) 51 of 59
Country (United Kingdom) 58 of 63
Year (2016) 5 of 5
Size (of disclosed) 43 of 76
PREVIOUS DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2016-11-04 Havea Group

Montaigu, France

Havea is a manufacturer of natural healthcare and cosmetics products ranging from functional and natural food supplements (for stress control, energy and memory boosters, sleeping aids etc.) to natural cosmetics and hygiene products for babies and women. It owns several well-known brands, including Biolane, Yves Ponroy, Vitarmonyl, Manhae, Lecitone, Force G, Ultrabiotique, and Naturé Moi. Havea was founded in 1975 and is based in Montaigu, France.

Buy -
FOLLOWING DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2017-01-03 Lekolar AB

Osby, Sweden

Lekolar AB is a supplier of educational and learning material, furniture, toys, stationery, arts & crafts and playground materials to pre-schools and secondary schools in the Nordics. The company is active in Norway, Denmark, Finland and Sweden. Lekolar is headquartered in Osby, Sweden and has a purchasing office in Shanghai.

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SELLER

YFM Equity Partners

Leeds, United Kingdom

Investor Investor Investor Investor Investor

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Category Private Equity Firm
Founded 1982
PE ASSETS 300M GBP
SizeMiddle-Market
Type Sector Agnostic
DESCRIPTION

YFM Equity Partners is a private equity firm focused on growth oriented investments in UK-based companies. The Firm looks to invest up to £10 million to support a variety of established, growing, and profitable businesses. YFM Equity Partners was formed in 1982 and is based in Leeds, England.


DEAL STATS #
Overall 25 of 39
Sector (Retail) 1 of 1
Type (Add-on Acquisition) 17 of 27
Country (United Kingdom) 25 of 38
Year (2016) 2 of 2
Size (of disclosed) 1 of 10
PREVIOUS DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2016-11-07 Ferrabyrne Ltd.

West Sussex, United Kingdom

Ferrabyrne Ltd. designs, develops, manufactures systems and components, including rubber and metal for its global customers in the rail, commercial vehicle and energy generation industries. Ferrabyrne key products include suspension components for passenger and freight rail vehicles and heavy-duty trucks, as well as components for wind turbines. Ferrabyrne has 73 employees working at their headquarters in Littlehampton and across the globe.

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FOLLOWING DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2016-12-05 Matillion Ltd.

Altrincham, United Kingdom

Matillion Ltd. builds disruptive software which helps companies with structured data integration to the Cloud. Matillion was formed in 2011 and is based in Altrincham, United Kingdom.

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