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Easton-Bell Sports is the preeminent branded sports company dedicated to enhancing athletic performance and protection with innovative equipment. Easton-Bell’s product line encompasses four premium, ‘must have’ brands: Easton, Giro, Bell and Riddell.

Easton-Bell generates over $600 million in revenue and holds leading market positions in baseball, softball, football, hockey, cycling, auto racing, and snow and motorcycle sports. It sells its products through the institutional, big-box and specialty retail channels.

Easton-Bell Sports was formed through the combination of Riddell Bell Holdings, a Fenway portfolio company, and Easton Sports, a family owned company. Fenway sought a partner to provide a portion of the equity commitment required to fully finance its bid for Easton.

York Street, an existing investor in Riddell Bell Holdings, and Teachers’ Private Capital jointly provided $113.7 million of equity to support the acquisition. York Street invested $11.7 million (in addition to its $10 million existing Riddell Bell investment). Teachers’ and York Street together hold a significant minority equity position in the newly combined company.

The transaction was structured as common equity.

Fenway Partners- http://www.fenwaypartners.com

 

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