Brunswick to acquire Navico

Brunswick Corporation has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire marine electronics and sensors specialist Navico for $1.05 billion.

As a result of this acquisition, Brunswick will add the Lowrance, Simrad, B&G, and C-MAP brands to its Advanced Systems Group (ASG), which includes the Parts & Accessories (P&A) brands in power management, digital control and monitoring, and networked devices.

“The acquisition of Navico and its award-winning brands will immediately accelerate Brunswick’s ACES (Autonomy, Connectivity, Electrification and Shared-Access) strategy, and support our vision to deliver distinctive new products and technology-enabled experiences,” says Dave Foulkes, Brunswick Corporation CEO.  “We will continue to invest both in organic initiatives and acquisitions to maintain our position of global product leadership, and the addition of Lowrance, Simrad, B&G and C-MAP to our existing brand portfolio will further strengthen our ability to provide complete, innovative digital solutions to consumers and comprehensive, integrated systems offerings to our OEM customers.”

Navico is a privately held global company based in Egersund, Norway and co-owned by Altor Fund IV and Goldman Sachs Asset Management.  It is a provider of multi-function displays, fish finders, autopilots, sonar, radar, and cartography.

Navico’s revenues totalled approximately $470 million for the 12-month period ended May 31, 2021, with what is said to be attractive revenue growth, a strong margin profile, and a capital efficient business model. Brunswick’s P&A segment accounts for about $1.5 billion – or 35 percent of total 2020 annual revenues. With the addition of Navico, Brunswick expects its P&A businesses to have revenues on a run-rate basis exceeding $2.0 billion. Brunswick says Navico’s significant aftermarket orientation and attractive margin profile further add to its cycle resistant business profile.

Knut Frostad, Navico’s president and CEO comments: “After a strong period of growth, we are very excited about joining the Brunswick family to further strengthen our offering and support our customers going forward. On behalf of everyone at Navico, we cannot wait to begin our journey with Brunswick and share our passion and dedication with their team. By working together, we will be able to deliver a unique and integrated customer experience.”

The closing of the transaction is anticipated during the second half of 2021.

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