Daily News: February 19, 2016

Ritchie Pays $27MM to Acquire Online Equipment Listing Firm


Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers has acquired Mascus International Holding, a global online equipment listing service. The acquisition expands the breadth of equipment disposition and management solutions Ritchie Bros. can offer its customers.

Ritchie has paid cash consideration of €24.0 million ($26.6 million) for 100% of the equity in Mascus, subject to working capital adjustments under the terms of the share purchase agreement. Additional cash consideration, totaling no more than €3.4 million ($3.8 million), may be paid contingent upon certain operating performance targets being achieved over the next three years. The transaction is expected to be marginally accretive to 2016 earnings.

Mascus is an online equipment listing service for used heavy machinery and trucks with the largest online market presence in Europe for heavy machinery and trucks. Mascus offers subscriptions to equipment dealers, brokers, exporters and equipment manufacturers to list equipment available for sale. They provide online advertising services, business tools and solutions to many of the world’s leading equipment dealerships and equipment manufacturers. Founded in 2001 in Scandinavia, Mascus has grown rapidly over the past 15 years and now includes operations across Europe, Asia, Africa and North America, catering to the construction, transport, agriculture, material handling, forestry and grounds-care industries.

“This acquisition is another step in Ritchie Bros.’ strategy as the world’s leading multichannel equipment disposition and asset management company as it adds an important new channel,” said Ravi Saligram, CEO, Ritchie Bros. “As one of the world’s leading equipment listing services, Mascus has carved out a well-established and loyal customer base, and has developed strong business tools and solutions that many equipment dealers and brokers now rely on to manage and sell their assets. Combining Ritchie Bros.’ current capabilities with Mascus’ solutions will enhance the end-to-end services that we can provide to OEM’s, dealers and private equipment sellers.”

Mascus, based in Amsterdam, will continue to operate under its current branding and existing management team. The transaction is viewed as strategically important for Ritchie Bros., as it expands the channels offered and provides the company with another customer touchpoint.