Brunswick announces plans to spin-off fitness business
Brunswick Corporation (BC) announced that its Board of Directors has authorized proceeding with a spin-off of its Fitness business.
Following the proposed transaction, the Fitness business will be an independent, standalone, publicly traded company, “FitnessCo”.
FitnessCo, which will be formally named at a later date, will continue to manufacture and sell its strength and cardiovascular equipment and game tables and accessories under the Life Fitness, Hammer Strength, Cybex, Indoor Cycling Group, SCIFIT and Brunswick Billiards brand names.
As an independent company, FitnessCo will be able to focus more sharply on driving product leadership, operational excellence and technology development to address evolving commercial fitness marketplace trends. FitnessCo sales revenue was $1.03B in 2017.
FitnessCo will remain headquartered in Rosemont, Illinois. Jaime Irick, current President of the Company’s Fitness division, will lead FitnessCo upon completion of the transaction.
Following the spin-off, Brunswick, comprised of the Marine Engine and Boat segments, will remain a global leader in recreational marine products.
The Marine Engine segment, which consists of Mercury Marine, manufactures and distributes a broad range of marine propulsion systems and related parts and accessories.
The Boat segment manufactures and distributes a range of recreational boats under 14 boat brand names including Boston Whaler, Bayliner, Lund, Lowe, Harris and others.
These businesses generated approximately $3.5B in sales in 2017.
The Brunswick marine portfolio will continue to deliver unique technology and solutions to boaters worldwide.
Mark Schwabero will continue to lead Brunswick following the spin-off. The Company will remain headquartered in Mettawa, Illinois, and will continue to trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol BC.
BC closed at $57.20.
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