Essendant Acquisitions and Exits, 9 Deals Between 1996 and 2016
distribution Company

Essendant has acquired 9 companies of its own, including 3 in the last 5 years. A total of 5 acquisitions came from private equity firms. It has also divested 1 asset.

Essendant’s largest acquisition to date was in 2012, when it acquired O.K.I. Supply for $90M. It’s largest disclosed sale occurred in 2006, when it sold United Stationers - Azerty Ink & Toner Business to Synnex Canada for $17M. Essendant has acquired in 8 different US states. The Company’s most targeted sectors include distribution (75%) and e-commerce (13%).

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Essendant, Inc.

One Parkway North Blvd. Suite 100,
Deerfield, Illinois 60015
United States,
(847) 627-7000

Essendant Inc. is a national wholesale distributor of workplace items including traditional office products and office furniture, janitorial, sanitation and breakroom supplies, technology products, industrial supplies, and automotive aftermarket tools and equipment. Essendant was formed in 1922 and is based in Deerfield, Illinois.

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '14 '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 T
Buy (0.4/yr) # 6 1 1 - - - 8
vol $120M $39M $23M $181M
Sell (0.0/yr) # 1 - - - - - 1
vol $17M $17M

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Largest O.K.I. Supply Co.
$90M (2012-10-22)
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Largest United Stationers - Azerty Ink & Toner Business
$17M (2006-05-04)

Distribution M&A - Last 3 Years

Essendant was acquired by Sycamore Partners on January 31, 2019.

When analyzing the distribution sector as a whole, according to Mergr, in the last 3 years, there are 239 distribution companies that have made at least 1 acquisition, 28 have acquired at least 5 companies, and 14 have acquired more than 10 companies.

The most prolific strategic distribution acquirer over the past 3 years is Imperial Bag & Paper Company, with 15 acquisitions. The most prolific private equity acquirer in the distribution sector over the past 3 years is The Sterling Group with 4 platform acquisitions.

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