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Columbia Sportswear completes acquisition of prAna Living

June 03, 2014 (United States Of America)

Columbia Sportswear Company, a leading innovator in the global outdoor apparel, footwear, accessories and equipment industries, announced that at midnight, May 30, 2014 it successfully completed its previously announced acquisition of prAna Living LLC for a purchase price of $190 million in cash, subject to customary post-close working capital adjustments. PrAna will join Columbia's portfolio of authentic, active outdoor brands, which include Columbia, Mountain Hardwear, Sorel and Montrail. 
 
Highlights: 
-PrAna is a rapidly growing lifestyle apparel brand that complements Columbia's portfolio of authentic, active outdoor brands. 
-PrAna's sales grew at a compound annual growth rate of more than 30 percent between 2010 and 2013, and are on pace to surpass $100 million in 2014 and generate low double-digit operating margin. 
-Purchase price of $190 million, subject to customary post-close working capital adjustments, equates to approximately 13 times prAna's projected 2014 EBITDA. 
-Acquisition expected to be accretive in first full fiscal year (2015). 
-Existing prAna management team to remain and drive continued growth rooted in prAna's core brand values of healthy, mindful living and sustainability. 
 
PrAna will remain headquartered in Carlsbad, California as a wholly owned subsidiary of Columbia Sportswear Company and will continue to be led by current CEO Scott Kerslake, who will report directly to Columbia president and CEO Tim Boyle. 
 
"We are very excited to officially welcome prAna to Columbia's brand portfolio," said Tim Boyle, Columbia's president and chief executive officer. "PrAna will be a great complement to our existing brands. PrAna fits Columbia's strategic priorities to expand into categories that appeal to complementary consumer segments, reduce our dependence on cold-weather products, and leverage Columbia's global operational platforms to expand across key geographic markets. 
 
"With this important transaction now complete, we look forward to providing growth-driving resources to CEO Scott Kerslake and the entire prAna team as they pursue prAna's significant global brand potential." 

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