Garmin To Aquire Tacx
Garmin® signs purchase agreement to acquire Tacx,
the leading manufacturer of indoor bike trainers
Schaffhausen, Switzerland/February 12, 2019/Business Wire — Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today announced that one of its affiliates has signed a definitive agreement to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Tacx Onroerend en Roerend Goed B.V (“Tacx”), a privately-held Dutch company that designs and manufacturers indoor bike trainers, tools and accessories, as well as indoor training software and applications. The completion of this acquisition is subject to customary regulatory approvals and closing conditions.
My Thoughts on the Acquisition of Tacx
Last year at Interbike I got a chance to check out some new offerings from both Tacx, Wahoo and a few other manufactures of trainers.
Tacx showcased their Tacx Smart Trainer
Wahoo on the other hand was launching a host of products including the KICKR Climb and KICKR Headwind as well as their all-new mid-level KICKR Core and brand new KICKR.
At the time Wahoo just seemed to be killing it. They introduced a whole set of new products, while Tacx just showed an updated NEO + the new Tacx Smart Trainer, which in reality is just a stationary NEO bike.
Based on my impression during the week of Interbike, Wahoo just seemed more aggressive with their R&D and presence.
Now with Garmin coming on board the Garmin/Tacx entity will now get a huge influx of money for R&D and a massive distribution channel to sell their trainers.
I am really wondering what will happen to the Tacx brand. Will it just become Garmin or will Garmin keep the Tacx brand name and continue selling the trainers under that.
Wahoo’s Garmin Tacx View
I am guessing the folks at Wahoo might be a bit thrown by the news as most people have been, but in the end, competition will mean Wahoo will probably double down and really get innovative.
I am almost certain Wahoo will now launch a watch that competes against the Garmin line. Hopefully coming out with something similar to the 920XT, which IMO was and is a great watch for running.
Tacx Company History
The market leader with more than five decades of experience, Tacx is best known for its innovative line of indoor smart trainers, including the highly-regarded NEO 2 and the revolutionary NEO Bike, that measures speed, power and cadence. Offering a highly realistic and accurate ride simulation, Tacx trainers allow cyclists to experience lifelike conditions, no matter the weather. For the most interactive and immersive indoor experience, the Tacx smart trainers connect wirelessly to popular training apps to help cyclists get more from their workouts, as well as the Tacx software/training app that offers training plans, data analysis, films of scenery all over the globe, live opponents and much more.
“Tacx brings an entirely new product category to Garmin’s fitness portfolio that expands our reach into the indoor training market,” said Cliff Pemble, Garmin president and CEO. “Together with Tacx, Garmin will offer a seamless, enjoyable and motivating indoor and outdoor experience for cyclists all year long.”
“We are excited to have the support of a technology leader like Garmin,” said Koos Tacx, CEO of Tacx. “With Garmin’s extensive R&D capabilities and global distribution network, we look forward to working together to further enhance our indoor training products and technologies, and bring them to cyclists around the world.”
A vertically-integrated company with in-house R&D and production, Tacx is headquartered in Wassenaar, Netherlands with a distribution center in Vogt, Germany. The company employs nearly 200 associates, who will become part of the global Garmin team. To further leverage the growing market for indoor bike trainers, Tacx is currently undergoing a capital investment project to expand its R&D and production capacity.
The completion of this acquisition, which is subject to customary conditions, is expected to occur in Q2 2019. Financial terms of the acquisition will not be released.
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