Adds a well-established leader in direct-to-consumer wine clubs with over 60,000 members to the DTC market channel
Offers significant cost synergies and new revenue opportunities
SANTA ROSA, Calif., Sept. 28, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Vintage Wine Estates, Inc. (NASDAQ: VWE) (TSX: VWE.U) (TSX: VWE.WT.U) (“VWE” or the “Company”), one of the fastest growing wine producers in the U.S. with direct-to-customer platform, today announced it has acquired substantially all of the assets of Vinesse, LLC, a direct to consumer platform company specializing in wine clubs with over 60,000 members. Founded in 1993, Vinesse has developed a long-time following by offering interesting boutique wines to a broader audience and making wine accessible and easy to love.
Pat Roney, CEO of VWE, commented, “We are rapidly expanding our DTC capabilities and Vinesse is an excellent addition to the platform. Vinesse currently outsources virtually all of their operations. We believe we can create significant cost synergies by bringing wine making and distribution in house and marketing VWE’s brand portfolio through their channels. We also see significant potential opportunities for revenue expansion as we blend the talent of Vinesse’s traditional marketing skills with our digital capabilities, particularly through cross-selling into Vinesse’s channel and upselling our luxury brands to their club members.”
He continued, “We are acquiring the business for approximately 12x Vinesse’s current EBITDA and expect to lower that multiple to less than 5x over the first 12 months driven principally by cost synergies. As we continue to execute on our strategy, we expect that this will be the first of several acquisitions we intend to make during FY2022 that complements our planned organic growth.”
With approximately $20 million in revenue, Vinesse is 100% owned by Larry Dutra who is expected to remain with the operations to help continue to grow the business along with other Vinesse leadership. VWE is acquiring Vinesse for $14 million in cash with a $2.5 million earnout over a three-year period subject to meeting certain revenue and profitability conditions.
About Vintage Wine Estates, Inc.
Vintage Wine Estates is a family of wineries and wines whose mission is to produce the finest quality wines and provide incredible customer experiences with wineries throughout Napa, Sonoma, California’s Central Coast, Oregon and Washington State. Since its founding 20 years ago, the Company has grown to be the 15th largest wine producer in the U.S. selling more than two million nine-liter equivalent cases annually. To consistently drive growth, the Company curates, creates, stewards and markets its many brands and services to customers and end consumers via a balanced omni-channel strategy encompassing direct-to-consumer, wholesale and exclusive brand arrangements with national retailers. While VWE is diverse across price points and varietals with over 50 brands ranging from $10 to $150 at retail, its primary focus is on the fastest growing premium segment of the wine industry with the majority of brands selling in the $12 to $20 price range. The Company regularly posts updates and additional information at https://www.vintagewineestates.com/.
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