KKR Buying Cycling Company for $1.8B

    • Private equity firm KKR is buying European cycling company Accell Group NV.
    • KKR intends to take Accell private.

KKR & Co. is betting on the cycling boom going the distance.

The private equity firm is buying Dutch bike maker Accell Group NV for $1.8 billion. The price represents a 26% premium on Accell’s closing price as of Friday. The company’s stock leapt around 26% on Monday.

  • Accell, a leading European e-bike producer, lists 20 brands based in five European countries under its umbrella.
  • KKR plans to take Accell private.
  • The deal, which is expected to close in the third quarter, received unanimous support from Accell’s board.

While the cycling market has been riding high since the start of the pandemic, electric bikes are doing especially well. U.S. e-bike sales rose 240% year-over-year for the 12 months ending July 2021, compared to 15% growth to $8.5 billion for cycling equipment revenue.

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