Vista Outdoor Acquires Camp Chef

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posted on September 1, 2016
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Vista Outdoor has announced that it has acquired Camp Chef. A provider of outdoor cooking solutions, Camp Chef carries more than 250 products including camp stoves, barbecue grills, pellet grills, smokers, fire pits and a full line of cast-iron cookware and accessories.

Camp Chef will join Vista's portfolio of more than 50 brands in shooting sports and outdoor recreation.

"The Camp Chef transaction aligns with Vista Outdoor’s strategy to deliver long-term value through acquiring complementary, market-leading brands that will benefit from Vista Outdoor's balance sheet, distribution network, and sales and marketing expertise,” said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mark DeYoung. “Led by an entrepreneurial management team, Camp Chef has a nimble and responsive product development process. Camp Chef continues to grow its market share in the outdoor cooking category, and the brand serves many of our current consumers who are engaged in a wide variety of outdoor pursuits. Acquiring Camp Chef strengthens our leadership position in outdoor recreation, allows us to enter the growing camping and outdoor cooking market, and the brand's effective multi-product, multi-channel strategy increases our presence across both brick-and-mortar and ecommerce distribution platforms."

Vista Outdoor will pay a total purchase price of $74 million for Camp Chef, comprised of $60 million in cash paid at closing and $14 million in cash to be paid out in equal installments on the first, second and third anniversaries of the closing date. Camp Chef was founded in 1990 in Logan, Utah, and has approximately 50 employees. The company will be integrated into the Outdoor Products segment of Vista Outdoor.

"Camp Chef is excited to join the exceptional family of Vista Outdoor brands,” said Ty Measom, Camp Chef President. “The opportunity to be part of this dynamic company will provide for the future growth and success of Camp Chef as a leader in our market. The hard work and dedication of Camp Chef employees, past and present, has made Camp Chef what it is today. We look forward to the opportunities ahead."

For more information, go to VistaOutdoor.com.

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