DESCRIPTION OF FRONT RUNNER VEHICLE OUTFITTERS
Front Runner Vehicle Outfitters is a global provider of high qualitive products for the vehicle based outdoor market. The products include roof racks, rooftop tents, storage products and load bars. The products are sold on four continents through their own B2C e-channels (appr. 50% of total sales) and through more than 600 dealers.
Net sales in the last fiscal year were approx. USD 35 million with a good operating margin.
Front Runner Vehicle Outfitters is privately owned, has approximately 320 full-time employees with the headquarters and manufacturing near Johannesburg, South Africa.
BACKGROUND AND REASONS FOR THE TRANSACTION
Dometic has identified the vehicle based outdoor market as a strong opportunity for growth. Front Runner Vehicle Outfitters, with its offering of high-quality outdoor products, is a perfect fit to Dometic’s existing offering for this market.
"I am pleased to welcome Front Runner Vehicle Outfitters and its employees to Dometic. With this acquisition we are strengthening our offering and distribution network for the outdoor market. Our strategy for profitable expansion in Mobile Living is built on a combination of organic and acquisitive growth. This is our fourth announced acquisition this year and our pipeline of potential future acquisitions remains strong." says Juan Vargues, President and CEO of Dometic.
The acquisition is fully financed via cash on hand and is expected to be accretive to Dometic’s EPS from start.
The transaction price is not material in relation to Dometic’s market capitalization and is not disclosed. Closing is expected to take place during the third quarter of 2021.
Dometic is a global market leader in branded solutions for mobile living in the areas of Food & Beverage, Climate, Power & Control and Other Applications. Dometic operates in the Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific, providing products for use in recreational vehicles, trucks and premium cars, pleasure and workboats, and for a variety of other uses. Our motivation is to create smart and reliable products with outstanding design. We sell our products in approximately 100 countries and we have a global distribution and dealer network in place to serve the aftermarket. Dometic employs approximately 6,500 people worldwide, had net sales of more than SEK 16.2 billion (USD 1.8 billion) in 2020 and is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden.