VANCOUVER, BC — Ritchie Bros. (NYSE: RBA) (TSX: RBA) announced Nov. 2 that it has completed its acquisition of SmartEquip, a technology platform that supports customers' management of the equipment lifecycle and integrates parts procurement with both OEMs and dealers.
"This acquisition expands our solution set and furthers our goal of providing the best customer experience as we transition from a traditional auctioneer to a global marketplace for insights, services, and transaction solutions," said Ann Fandozzi, Chief Executive Officer, Ritchie Bros. "SmartEquip will enable us to offer asset-specific, full-lifecycle parts and service support to customers on behalf of our dealer and OEM partners."
SmartEquip is a multi-manufacturer platform that provides customers with real-time service and diagnostic support via serial number to each asset in their fleet, as well as enabling the electronic procurement of parts from OEMs and their dealers. SmartEquip has 60 employees and will continue to operate as a standalone business and maintain its physical presence in Norwalk, CT for the foreseeable future.
"Ritchie Bros. is a perfect partner for us and our team is very excited to take the next growth step together," said Bryan Rich, SmartEquip's Executive Chairman. "Through Ritchie Bros.' global customer base, this merger will accelerate SmartEquip's ability to support its rapidly growing footprint across our joint global marketplaces and customer base. We can't wait to get started!"
Under the terms of the transaction, Ritchie Bros. has acquired 100% of the equity of SmartEquip for approximately US$175 million subject to adjustment.