Ritchie Bros cleared to acquire IronPlanet

By Joe Malone25 May 2017

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Construction equipment auctioneer and distributor Ritchie Bros has announced it has received unconditional clearance from the US Department of Justice for its acquisition of IronPlanet.

The deal – which was announced in August last year – is worth US$758.5 million (€679 million).

US-based IronPlanet sells machinery primarily through online platforms, with weekly online auctions. In 2015, it sold around US$787 million (€704 million) worth of equipment.

Collectively, Ritchie Bros. and IronPlanet sold over US$3 billion (€2.7 billion) worth of equipment in the 12 months to 30 June, 2016.

Following the clearance, Ravi Saligram, Ritchie Bros CEO, said, “Over the last three years, we’ve been successfully executing on a multi–channel diversification strategy to ensure that the company stays relevant and strong in a changing environment.

“In IronPlanet, we found a company that allows us to continue our rich history of innovation and gives us the tools and talent to transform into a digital information and insights powerhouse.”

Mr Saligram added that the missions of the two companies were similar – wanting to deliver maximum choice and value to their customers.

The transaction is expected to close in the next few weeks. A new organisational structure will be announced after closing.

On completion of the IronPlanet acquisition last August, Ritchie Bros said it would also start an initial five-year strategic alliance with manufacturer Caterpillar which would see it become Caterpillar’s preferred global partner for live onsite and online auctions.

Caterpillar owns a minority stake in IronPlanet.

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