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Exclusive: Fanatics raises $300 million from Silver Lake

August 25, 2015, 1:53 PM UTC
From Fanatics Inc.

Fanatics Inc., an e-commerce company focused on sports merchandise, has sold a minority ownership stake to private equity firm Silver Lake for $300 million, Fortune has learned.

Jacksonville, Fla.-based Fanatics — which originally began as a brick-and-mortar retailer for Jacksonville Jaguars apparel — has been majority-owned by Kynetic LLC, an eBay (EBAY) spinoff that also includes membership-based e-commerce companies Rue La La and ShopRunner. It also raised $320 million in minority equity funding from Andreessen Horowitz and Insight Venture Partners in 2012, and another $130 million last year from Alibaba Group (BABA).

The Silver Lake investment is all for primary shares, meaning that existing Fanatics investors will hold onto their stock. It is not clear how large Silver Lake’s minority position would be, or if Kynetic would remain majority shareholder.

Representatives of Silver Lake and Kynetic declined comment.


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