The new acquisition is said to be part of the group's strategic business plan 'Creating the New' and reinforces adidas's commitment to inspire athletes around the world. Founded in Austria in 2009, Runtastic has over 20 fitness, health and endurance apps, as well as fitness trackers. Since its launch the app has over 140 million downloads in total and at the point of acquisition counted around 70 million registered users. By combining Runtastic's capabilities with its own technology and data, the sportswear group hopes to offer users "unexpected sports experiences that will resonate and clearly stand out in a crowded and constantly changing landscape."
Herbert Hainer, chief executive officer of the adidas Group commented: "This investment will add considerable value on our journey to deliver new world-class sports experiences. In addition, it offers the opportunity to grow a highly engaged athlete user base and leverage the power of our broad product portfolio. Therefore, I am very happy to welcome Runtastic’s passionate employees and their 70 million active athletes and sports lovers to the adidas Group family."
German media giant Axel Springer, through its investment subsidiary Axel Springer Digital Ventures was the largest shareholder of Runtastic, with a 50.1 percent stake prior to the acquisition. Other main shareholders included Austrian business angel Dr. Johann Hansmann and company founders Florian Gschwandtner, Alfred Luger, René Giretzlehner and Christian Kaar who will continue to run Runtastic from within adidas. "Both companies firmly believe that together we can build a unique product portfolio and unparalleled customer journey for our existing community members and future users," wrote Gschwandtner on the Runtastic blog.
"By bringing cutting-edge input from our leading position in the digital space to one of the great world leaders in the sports and fitness industry, I am personally looking forward to pleasing and surprising new and loyal users with the best products in the world," he added. "Together, we will make exceptional and unexpected things happen."