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Ritchie Bros. Closes AssetNation Acquisition

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, the world's largest industrial auctioneer, announced today that it has successfully completed the acquisition of AssetNation, a leading online marketplace and solutions provider for surplus and salvage assets. Ritchie Bros. intends to continue to grow AssetNation's core business as well as to leverage its e-commerce expertise and technology platform to develop and launch unique new services for equipment owners whose buying and selling preferences may not be met by the Company's live unreserved auctions.


"We are very pleased to have completed the acquisition of AssetNation and are excited to be working together with their team to develop and launch new business solutions to help the world's builders easily and confidently exchange equipment," said Peter Blake, CEO, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers. "We remain strongly dedicated to our core unreserved auction business and see many years of growth in front of us in this segment of the market. We also see a clear opportunity to create complementary compelling solutions to expand our addressable market significantly by appealing to a new market segment we have not traditionally reached with our unreserved auctions."


The acquisition closed on May 15, 2012, for all cash consideration of approximately US$64 million. AssetNation was purchased from the controlling shareholder Spire Capital Partners, a New York-based private equity firm.


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