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July Distribution M&A Roundup: July Cools Off Hot June

July Distribution M&A Roundup: July Cools Off Hot June

August 13, 2019

Summer doldrums might not exactly be the right term, but the pace of mergers and acquisitions in wholesale distribution slowed significantly from a blistering June, when late in the month Kaman Corporation announced that it would sell its industrial distribution segment, Kaman Industrial Technologies, to private equity firm Littlejohn for $700 million. In addition, there were more than a dozen significant deals that month.

For July, the largest publicly-disclosed distributor deal was Watsco’s intention to acquire the HVAC business of Peirce-Phelps, Philadelphia, with $206 million in annual sales. On the manufacturer side, Actuant Corp., Milwaukee, plans to sell its Engineered Components & Systems segment to private equity firm One Rock Capital Partners for $214.5 million. 

On the service provider side, an interesting acquisition announcement was Eden Capital’s acquisition of MITS, an analytics platform for distributors and manufacturers. Eden is expanding a BI/CRM platform with a distribution focus with its former acquisition of distribution CRM and sales force automation provider Tour de Force in October, 2018.

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