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September 2018 M&A Roundup: Staples-Essendant Saga Settles

GPC, Essendant, Blackhawk and more.
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There was a renewed level of M&A announcements in September on both the private equity and strategic buyer sides. Office products dealers and other customers finally got some resolution in September to the disrupted merger announcement in April of Genuine Parts Company subsidiary S.P Richards and Essendant. Staples entered shortly after that definitive merger agreement with a sweetened offer, and concluded the ongoing negotiations with an all-cash tender offer for outstanding shares of Essendant on Sept. 24.

On the industrial products side, Brazos Private Equity Partners exited its founding investment in Blackhawk Industrial Distribution, 32nd on MDM’s 2018 Top Distributor list, with the sale to Snow Phipps Group. PE firm Supply Chain Equity also established a national platform in the waterproofing and sealant distribution sector with its investment in Coastal Construction Products.

More deals from September:

Brazos Private Equity Partners Announces Sale of BlackHawk Industrial

Crescent Electric Supply to Acquire National Electric Supply

Coastal Construction Products Partners with Supply Chain Equity

Staples Reiterates Proposal to Acquire Essendant

Essendant Says Staples Offer Better than S.P. Richards Deal

S.P. Richards/Essendant Merger Agreement to Terminate

Staples to Acquire Essendant

Staples Commences All-Cash Tender Offer for Outstanding Shares of Essendant

Genuine Parts Company Announces Industrial and Automotive Acquisitions

U.S. LBM Acquires Blevins Building Supply

Barnes Group to Acquire Gimatic S.r.l.

B&D Industrial Acquires Western Machine Works

Ferguson Waterworks Acquires Grand Junction Pipe & Supply

Packaging Distribution Services Acquires Serenity Packaging Corp.

RPM International Acquires Nudura Corp.

Timken Completes Purchase of Cone Drive

Timken Completes Acquisition of Rollon Group

Resideo Technologies Names CFO

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