ST. PAUL, Minn., -- Gander Mountain Company (Nasdaq: GMTN), the nation's largest retail network of stores for outdoor lifestyle products and services, today announced that it has acquired Overton's, Inc., a leading Internet and catalog marketing company targeting recreational boaters.
Overton’s generated more than $90 million in revenue in 2006 and distributes more than 15 million catalogs annually, according to Gander Mountain. Headquartered in Greenville, N.C., Overton's operations include a fulfillment center and call center offering available capacity to support new Gander Mountain Internet and catalog marketing opportunities.
"The acquisition of Overton's enables Gander Mountain to greatly accelerate our strategy to be an integrated, multi-channel retailer featuring Internet, catalogs and retail stores," said Mark Baker, Gander Mountain president and CEO. "Overton's is a unique opportunity for Gander Mountain, providing an excellent management team, a proven platform and infrastructure, and the capacity to handle substantial additional volume with minimal incremental investment."
The purchase price for the acquisition was approximately $70 million in cash, which included the repayment of Overton's existing indebtedness at closing, according to Gander Mountain.
"Gander Mountain was the first major catalog company in our industry," Baker said. "Moving back into the catalog and Internet marketing arena will leverage our retail network of 115 stores across 23 states, and create national awareness for our brand as we grow into new retail areas. It also should provide better balance to our seasonal sales profile with the majority of Overton's sales in the first half of the year, and help us to improve our margins and lower our selling costs."
"The entire Overton's team is tremendously excited by the opportunities this new ownership brings,” said Mark Metcalfe, CEO of Overton's. “We believe we can significantly contribute to the growth of Gander Mountain's Internet and catalog efforts, as well as increase the distribution of Overton's catalogs and drive sales of Overton's products in Gander Mountain's retail stores."
Overton's will continue to operate under the "Overton’s(R)" brand and as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gander Mountain. Between Gander Mountain's and Overton's capabilities and resources Gander Mountain will be able to feature a full complement of Internet and catalog offerings.
The purchase from Linsalata Capital Partners, a Cleveland-based private equity firm, was financed through the issuance of $24 million in Gander Mountain common stock at a purchase price of $5.90 per share, a $40 million term loan from Bank of America and borrowings under the company's revolving credit facility. The common stock was purchased by GRATCO LLC, an affiliate of David Pratt, Gander Mountain's chairman, and Holiday Stationstores, Inc., which is an affiliate of both Ronald Erickson, Gander Mountain's vice chairman, and Gerald Erickson, a director of the company.
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