American Outdoor Brands Corporation
|Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (2002–2016)|
|Traded as||NASDAQ: AOBC|
Russell 2000 Component
|Industry||Firearms, outdoor products|
|Founded||February 15, 2002|
|Mark P. Smith & Brian D. Murphy (co-presidents & co-CEOs)|
|Products||Firearms, Ammunitions, Accessories, Optoelectronics|
|Subsidiaries||Smith & Wesson|
American Outdoor Brands Corporation, formerly known as Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation until 2016, is an American manufacturer of firearms and outdoor sports and recreation products. It owns 18 brands. Its principal brand is Smith & Wesson firearms.
On May 11, 2001, Saf-T-Hammer Corporation acquired Smith & Wesson Corporation from Tomkins plc for US$15 million. Saf-T-Hammer assumed US$30 million in debt, bringing the total purchase price to US$45 million. Saf-T-Hammer, a manufacturer of firearms locks and other safety products, purchased the company with the intention of incorporating its line of security products into all Smith & Wesson firearms in compliance with the 2000 agreement. On February 15, 2002, the name of the newly formed entity was changed to Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation.
Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation announced in December 2014 that it was paying $130.5 million for Battenfeld Technologies, a Columbia, Missouri-based designer and distributor of hunting and shooting accessories. The company made the acquisition with the eventual intent to merge all its existing Smith & Wesson, M&P and Thompson Center Arms accessories into a single division.
In August 2016, Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation bought Crimson Trace, a laser-sight manufacturer, for $95 million and Taylor Brands, a tool and knife maker, for $85 million. In November of that same year, the company bought UST Brands, a survival equipment maker, for $32.3 million.
The company had diversified from firearms into sporting goods and outdoor gear, the rugged outdoors business being a larger market than firearms, in hopes of insulating Smith & Wesson from the stock price volatility caused by the unpredictability of the gun business. This culminated in the decision to change the company's name, and on November 7, 2016, Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation announced that it would change its name to American Outdoor Brands Corporation. The name change took effect on the first business day of 2017. The change occurred at a time when the firearms industry was receiving backlash over gun violence in America, and so was also seen as an attempt to disassociate itself from the negative repercussions surrounding the issue.
In 2017, firearms accounted for 86% of American Outdoor Brands's revenues, and the company shipped 420,000 long guns. American Outdoor Brands also owns Battenfeld Technologies, Taylor Brands (a knife and tool maker bought in August 2016 for $95 million), and Crimson Trace (an electro-optics business which it bought in August 2016 for $85 million).
On November 13, 2019, American Outdoor Brands Corp. said it would split into two companies: Smith & Wesson Brands Inc., which would retain gun sales, and American Outdoor Brands Inc. The transaction was expected to be finalized in the second half of 2020. The company cited changes in political climate and economic, investing and insurance markets.
American Outdoor Brands owns 18 brands specializing in firearms, firearms accessories, and other outdoor goods. Among these brands are:
- Smith & Wesson -General firearm, ammunition, and restraint manufacturer
- M&P by Smith & Wesson -Brand name of several Semi-automatic pistols and rifles
- Thompson/Center -Precision Semi-Automatic and Bolt action Rifle manufacturer
- Performance Center by Smith & Wesson -Gunsmith
- Gemtech Suppressors -Suppressor manufacturer
- Crimson Trace -Flashlight, Weapon light, and aiming device manufacturer
Outdoor Goods and Accessories
- Bog -Manufactures tripods and shooting rests
- Caldwell -Manufactures targets and shooting rests
- Frankford Arsenal -Manufactures reloading tools
- Golden Rod -Manufactures dehumidifiers and moisture sensors for safes and lock boxes
- Hooyman -Manufactures Landscaping tools and portable power saws
- Imperial -Manufactures fixed and folding blade knives
- Lockdown -Manufactures gun safes, lock boxes, gun locks, and accessories
- M&P Accessories -Manufactures firearm accessories
- Old Timer -Manufactures fixed and folding blade knives as well as accessories
- Schrade -Manufactures fixed and folding blade knives as well as accessories
- Smith & Wesson Accessories -Manufactures firearm accessories
- Thompson/Center Accessories -Manufactures firearm accessories
- Tipton -Manufactures firearm cleaning accessories
- Uncle Henry -Manufactures fixed and folding blade knives as well as accessories
- Wheeler Engineering -Manufactures gunsmithing tools
- Bubba -Manufactures knives, tools, and accessories for fishing
- Smith & Wesson Precision Components -Custom manufacturing service
- Smith & Wesson -Custom manufacturing service
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