The sale of Acushnet from Fortune Brands to a consortium led by Fila Korea Ltd., and Mirae Asset Private Equity was completed on Friday. The sale was first announced on May 20.
Acushnet, which includes brands such as Titleist and FootJoy, reported sales of over $1.2-billion in 2010.
“The Fila Korea and Mirae Asset Private Equity group understands and appreciates our golf industry leadership, passionate associates, and enduring culture,” said Wally Uihlein, chairman and CEO of Acushnet.
“Together, with our new owners, our team is looking forward to strengthening and building upon the global success of the Titleist and FootJoy brands,” he added.
Acushnet will remain as a stand-alone company through separate operation from Fila Korea, with its worldwide headquarters remaining in Fairhaven, Mass.
The new ownership group includes Fila Korea, Ltd., the owner of the Fila brand globally, Mirae Asset Private Equity, the largest private equity firm in Korea and the National Pension Service of Korea, the fourth largest pension fund in the world.
The Korea Development Bank, Korea’s largest government-owned bank, is also providing financing for the acquisition.
“We are excited and proud to be part of the storied history of successful growth and evolution of Titleist and FootJoy, two revered and world-class brands,” said Gene Yoon, chairman and CEO of Fila Korea, Ltd.
“We are impressed by the decades of accomplishments achieved by the management team at Acushnet and fully support its continued focus on the core golf expertise at which they excel,” he added.
“We look forward to growing the brands around the globe, especially with the opportunities in the emerging markets in Asia.”