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KKR to Sell $852M Stake in Academy Sports

  • Private equity firm KKR & Co. is selling off its entire stake in Academy Sports.
  • The firm is selling 18.65 million shares valued at $852.85 million.
Academy Sports + Outdoors/Design: Alex Brooks

Private equity firm KKR & Co. announced on Monday it is selling off its entire stake in Academy Sports — 18.65 million shares.

Its stake in the Texas-based sporting goods retailer is valued at $852.85 million as of market close on Friday. 

KKR acquired its 20% of Academy Sports in 2011 for an undisclosed amount and has since been the retailer’s largest shareholder.

Despite the news, Academy Sports shows no signs of slowing down.

  • The company secured a multiyear partnership with the Big 12 Conference in 2020.
  • It raised $203 million during its IPO last October, valuing the retailer at $1.1 billion.
  • The company agreed to sponsorship deals in July with Texas athletics and Austin FC.
  • It operates 259 stores across the U.S. and plans to open more than 800 total.

Academy Sports generated record revenue of $1.79 billion in Q2 2021, an 11% increase year-over-year. The retailer benefited from increased demand for outdoor and at-home fitness products during the global pandemic. 

As a result of the record-setting quarter, Academy Sports raised its full-year revenue guidance to between $6.46 billion and $6.62 billion. It intends to purchase up to $200 million of the shares KKR will be offering.

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