LOS ANGELES--(Intrepid Investment Bankers LLC (“Intrepid”), a leading middle market investment banking firm, today announced the sale of substantially all of the assets of Wild Planet Entertainment, Inc. (“Wild Planet”), including the popular toy brand Spy Gear, to Spin Master Ltd. (“Spin Master”). Intrepid acted as exclusive financial advisor to Wild Planet in connection with this transaction.)--
“We believe that Spin Master is the ideal buyer for Spy Gear and we are very excited about the continued success and future opportunities for these evergreen brands.”
Founded in 1993, San Francisco-based Wild Planet is a designer and marketer of branded children’s toys that actively engage children ages 4 to 10 and promote imaginative, evergreen play patterns. Launched in 1998, Wild Planet’s Spy Gear line is the leading active spy brand for kids. Spy Gear products integrate technology and functionality in an easy-to-use format for children.
Spin Master is a multi-category children’s entertainment company. Since 1994, Spin Master has been designing, developing, manufacturing, and marketing consumer products for children around the world and is recognized as a global growth leader within the toy industry. Spin Master is best known for such popular brands as Air Hogs®, Appfinity™, Aquadoodle™, La Dee Da™, Nano Speed™, Spin Master Games™, Tech Deck™, and Zoobles™. Spin Master employs over 900 people with offices in Toronto, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Hong Kong, Mexico, Munich, Italy, Spain and central Europe.
“I am deeply gratified at what Wild Planet has achieved since its founding by delivering innovative, intelligent and engaging products for kids around the world,” said Danny Grossman, Wild Planet’s Founder and CEO until 2011. “Given its innovative, path breaking orientation, Spin Master is the ideal partner for marketing Wild Planet’s brands.”
“Intrepid’s tenacity and creative thinking helped us achieve an attractive outcome for Wild Planet," said Larry Del Santo, Wild Planet’s Chief Executive Officer. “We believe that Spin Master is the ideal buyer for Spy Gear and we are very excited about the continued success and future opportunities for these evergreen brands.”
“We have known the management and board of Wild Planet for over a decade and were pleased to have been able to assist the Company in this very important transaction," commented Mike Rosenberg, Chief Executive Officer of Intrepid. Adam Abramowitz, Vice President at Intrepid who managed the transaction said, “Spy Gear has exciting growth opportunities, especially with the additional support of Spin Master. We believe that this brand has found a great partner for continued success.”
The Intrepid transaction team included W. Michael Rosenberg, Adam Abramowitz, Brian Levin and Chris Neils.
About Intrepid Investment Bankers LLC
Intrepid Investment Bankers LLC, based in Los Angeles, California, is a mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance advisory firm focused on the middle-market. Intrepid was founded in 2010 by the former principals of Barrington Associates, a firm that grew to become a leading national middle market M&A advisor before its acquisition by Wells Fargo in 2006. Intrepid's services include M&A advisory, equity and debt capital raising and providing strategic advice in complex securities transactions. The firm focuses on the middle market corporate finance needs of entrepreneur and family-owned businesses, private equity sponsors and major corporations. Collectively, the senior team at Intrepid brings over 100 years of mergers and acquisitions advisory experience and has advised on over 250 transactions spanning a broad range of industries, including consumer products and services, industrial manufacturing, healthcare products and services, building products, business services and retail. Intrepid Investment Bankers LLC augments its international capabilities by partnering with M&A International Inc., an exclusive global alliance of independent middle-market mergers and acquisitions advisory firms. www.intrepidib.com Member FINRA/SIPC.