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Fitness apparel company Lululemon announced Monday it will buy connected fitness company Mirror for $500 million.

Why it matters: This could be the first in a series of connected fitness acquisitions by both retail and media companies.

Details: Lululemon and Mirror had an existing business relationship, including a small equity investment, and began acquisition talks fairly recently.

  • The $500 million is in cash, per a source familiar with the situation.
  • Mirror raised over $70 million in venture capital since its 2016 founding, most recently last fall at a $300 million valuation. Backers include Lerer Hippeau, Spark Capital, Point72 Ventures, and LionTree Advisors.
  • Expect to eventually see Mirror displayed in Lululemon stores, which also may host Mirror classes.

The big picture: Shares of connected fitness leader Peloton fell in the aftermarket on the news, although the company remains valued north of $16 billion. Two weeks ago, connected rowing company Hydrow raised $25 million in new funding, while Tonal is reportedly in talks to raise around $250 million.

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