VF Corporation, a global leader in branded lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories has acquired Texas-based Williamson-Dickie Mfg. Co. The transaction is expected to be completed early in the fourth quarter of this year and VF will pay Williamson-Dickie shareholders approximately $820 million in cash.
Williamson-Dickie Mfg. Co. is the world’s leading provider of professional grade performance workwear – designing, manufacturing and delivering innovative work apparel for generations. Based in Fort Worth, Texas, the company’s collection of brands offers quality products across an assortment of apparel, footwear and accessories in more than 100 countries, spanning six continents. The company employs over 7,000 individuals worldwide and its products are sold through a network of owned retail stores, franchisees, volume retailers, department stores, independent stores and online sites under the Dickies®, Workrite®, Kodiak®, Terra®, Walls®, Big Smith®, Liberty® and Duxbak® brands.
“When we introduced our 2021 global business strategy earlier this year, reshaping our portfolio to accelerate growth was our highest priority,” said Steve Rendle, President and Chief Executive Officer of VF. “The acquisition of Williamson-Dickie is another meaningful step that delivers on that commitment and further demonstrates our focus on being an active portfolio manager to drive transformative growth for VF and value creation for our shareholders.”
“This acquisition combines two great companies and a group of iconic brands to create a global leader in workwear with approximately $1.7 billion in annual revenue,” Rendle continued. “Williamson-Dickie has a proud history and heritage, and has served a loyal consumer base for nearly 100 years. VF is the ideal steward to honor that heritage while providing a platform for growth that ensures continued success for another century. We look forward to welcoming Williamson-Dickie and its 7,000 dedicated employees to the VF family.”