Genesis Capital is pleased to announce that Ride the Ducks International (“RTDI”) has divested its Branson, MO operations to Ripley Entertainment. Ride the Ducks of Branson provides a 70-minute amphibious tour through the scenic Ozarks on both land and water, while also detailing the history behind some of America’s most unique military vehicles.
Chris Herschend, majority owner and President of RTDI, said “We are pleased to bring Ripley into the “Duck family” with this deal. They share our passion for fun, quirky, family attractions and our commitment to Branson. I know they invest for the long haul, employ great people, and are generous community leaders.”
Chris Herschend also added, “Genesis Capital was invaluable in guiding us to secure the best strategic outcome for RTDI. I am incredibly pleased both with our buyer and with the process that led to closing.”
Jim Pattison Jr., President of Ripley Entertainment, said “Ripley’s is incredibly excited about this new acquisition and the opportunity.”
Genesis Capital acted as financial advisor to RTDI and Troutman Sanders LLP provided legal counsel.
About Ride the Ducks International
RTDI is the nation’s largest amphibious tour operator and licensor, with a fleet of nearly 100 vehicles in use around the US and Guam carrying nearly 1 million guests annually. RTDI’s mission is “Serving Through Sightseeing” and it offers its guests an entertainment sightseeing experience that is fun, informative and engaging so that it can serve its employees and communities.
About Ripley Entertainment
Ripley Entertainment Inc. is the global leader in location-based entertainment. More than 14 million people visit its over 100 attractions in 11 countries each year. In addition to its 30 Believe It or Not! Odditoriums, the Orlando, Florida-based company has publishing, licensing and broadcast divisions that oversee projects including the syndicated Believe It or Not! television show, best-selling books and the popular syndicated cartoon strip, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, that still runs countries all around the world. Ripley Entertainment is a Jim Pattison Company, the 2nd largest privately held company in Canada.