Kids2 has acquired and taken private Summer Infant
Summer Infant designs, markets and distributes branded infant and juvenile products. As a globally recognized leader in infant and toddler care, Summer offers a wide range of products, including gates, potties, entertainers, specialty blankets and baby gear products under the Summer and SwaddleMe brand names. Summer was founded in 1985 and has been publicly traded on the Nasdaq Stock Market since 2007 under the symbol “SUMR.” Summer is headquartered in Rhode Island with additional distribution and logistics facilities in California and China.
Kids2 is an innovative, solutions-based platform that assists early-stage parents and families in raising children. The Kids2 brand portfolio includes leading infant, baby and toddler brands comprised of world-renowned Baby Einstein, Ingenuity and Bright Starts as well as a privately owned media company, a venture capital firm to invest in like-minded startups, a vertically integrated manufacturing facility and various joint-venture partnerships. Headquartered in Atlanta, Kids2 spans globally serving customers in more than 90 countries and has been inventing and reinventing infant and juvenile products for more than 50 years.
Kids2 and Lincoln International have worked closely over the last several years to evaluate the company’s capital structure during a very volatile period within the private capital markets. To execute this transaction, Lincoln worked closely with Kids2 to evaluate financing options and provide buy-side advisory as Kids2 pursued the acquisition of Summer Infant. The acquisition of Summer represented a unique opportunity for Kids2 to acquire a highly complementary business that would broaden its suite of products, create cross-selling opportunities, expand its blue-chip customer base, strengthen the distribution network and bolster its e-commerce presence.
Brendan Murphy, Managing Director in Lincoln’s Capital Advisory Group, commented, “We are pleased to have advised the owner and management team of Kids2 on multiple situations over the past several years and subsequently help position the business for continued growth and success. This acquisition of Summer Infant further solidifies Kids2 as a global leader in the infant and juvenile products space, bolsters its well-diversified product offering and strategically positions the company to drive value at the world’s leading retailers.”
This transaction demonstrates Lincoln’s complimentary buyside and capital raise expertise, which led to a fulsome, flexible capital solution that will allow the Kids2 team to seamlessly and strategically integrate Summer Infant.
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