ATLANTA, June 06, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — HD Supply Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:HDS) (“HD Supply”) today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Waterworks business unit, the nation’s largest distributor of water, sewer, storm and fire protection products, to Clayton, Dubilier & Rice for a purchase price of $2.5 billion in cash. The transaction is expected to close in HD Supply’s third fiscal quarter of 2017 subject to customary regulatory approvals.
“After a detailed evaluation, we determined that a sale of our Waterworks business unit to Clayton, Dubilier & Rice is in the best interests of our Waterworks associates and HD Supply stockholders,” said Joe DeAngelo, HD Supply Chairman, President & CEO. “This significant strategic transaction will further simplify and focus HD Supply on our highest value creation opportunities, accelerate debt reduction, create additional cash to enable next generation growth investments and innovation as well as return cash to HD Supply stockholders.”
As previously announced, HD Supply will hold a conference call on Tuesday June 6th, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) to discuss both its first-quarter fiscal 2017 results and the Waterworks transaction. The conference call and presentation materials can be accessed via webcast by logging on from the Investor Relations section of the company’s website at hdsupply.com. The online replay will remain available for a limited time following the call.
Goldman Sachs & Co, LLC served as financial advisor and King & Spalding served as legal counsel to HD Supply on the transaction.
About HD Supply
HD Supply (www.hdsupply.com) is one of the largest industrial distributors in North America. The company provides a broad range of products and value-add services to approximately 530,000 customers with leadership positions in maintenance, repair and operations, infrastructure and specialty construction sectors. Through approximately 500 locations across 48 states and six Canadian provinces, the company’s approximately 14,000 associates provide localized, customer-driven services including jobsite delivery, will call or direct-ship options, diversified logistics and innovative solutions that contribute to its customers’ success.
About Clayton, Dubilier & Rice
Founded in 1978, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice is a private investment firm. Since inception, CD&R has managed the investment of more than $22 billion in 72 companies representing a broad range of industries with an aggregate transaction value of more than $100 billion. The firm has offices in New York and London. For more information, visit www.cdr-inc.com.
Forward-Looking Statements and Preliminary Results
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