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OUTDOOR CONSUMER PRODUCTS TRANSACTION

Integris Partners recently advised Backcountry Access, Inc., the leading provider of snow safety products, in its sale to K-2 Sports, a subsidiary of Jarden Corporation (NYSE: JAH). Founded in 1994 and based in Boulder, CO, BCA develops and sells Tracker beacons, Float airbags, shovels, probes, bindings, Stash packs, and a variety of other products to enhance the user's safety in the backcountry snow environment. The Backcountry Access (BCA) brand is comprised of products designed by skiers, for skiers, and the company's technology is sought out by leading retailers, outfitters, guides, and agencies. The company has also been a pioneer in educating skiers and riders about safety in the backcountry and avalanche preparedness. BCA's products are primarily sold via leading outdoor gear retailers in the US and internationally.

Bruce “Bruno” McGowan, co-founder and CEO of BCA, said, “Having Integris working alongside us gave us the confidence that we would fully achieve our objectives in setting out on this process. K-2 is absolutely the right home for the business that we have built, and we are delighted with the outcome both for the ownership and for our people.”

Bruce “Edge” Edgerly, co-founder and Vice President Marketing/Sales, added “Integris really was able to help us to understand what was important in this transaction, and where to prioritize our energies. Thanks to them and our legal team, we were able to continue running the business and keeping sales moving during the deal process, which I have learned is no easy thing to do at a middle-market business like our own. They reduced the stress on our team while helping us to secure a great result and position the company for the future.”

K-2 Sports, based in Seattle, WA, operates 14 brands across a range of outdoor sports including skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, in-line skating and others. K-2 is globally renowned for its non-traditional advertising, graphics, and high performance products throughout its portfolio. It has wholly owned subsidiaries in Canada, Central Europe, Japan, Korea, and Scandinavia and distribution in more than 60 countries.

For additional information on the transaction, please contact Robert Heilbronner or Patrick Seese.