Staples Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Retail Company

Staples has acquired 18 companies of its own, including 3 in the last 5 years. A total of 4 acquisitions came from private equity firms. It has also divested 9 assets.

Staples’ largest acquisition to date was in 2008, when it acquired Corporate Express N.V. for $3.5B. It’s largest disclosed sale occurred in 2016, when it sold Staples - Wholesale Business to Essendant for $23M. Staples has acquired in 11 different US states, and 3 countries. The Company’s most targeted sectors include distribution (30%) and retail (30%).

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity26
    • M&A Buy Activity17
    • M&A Sell Activity9
  • Total Sectors Invested 8
  • Total Countries Invested 3
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 15
  • M&A Advisors 5

Staples, Inc. (Staples)

Five Hundred Staples Drive,
Framingham, Massachusetts 01702
United States,
(508) 253-5000
www.staples.com

Staples is a large office supply retailer. Staples sells and distributes a variety of office products for consumers as well as small to large companies around the world. Staples was formed in 1985 and is based in Framingham, Massachusetts.


M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 '21 T
Buy (0.6/yr) # 14 - 2 1 - - 17
vol $4.6B $996M $5.6B
Sell (0.6/yr) # 6 1 1 1 - - 9
vol $23M $23M
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Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
DEX Imaging, Inc. 2019-02-11 - Add-on Acquisition
Tampa, Florida · www.deximaging.com
Essendant, Inc. 2019-01-31 - Divestiture
Deerfield, Illinois · www.essendant.com
Essendant, Inc. 2018-09-14 996M USD Add-on Acquisition
Deerfield, Illinois · www.essendant.com
HiTouch Business Services LLC 2018-06-26 - Add-on Acquisition
Saddle Brook, New Jersey · www.hitouchservices.com
SchoolKidz Inc. 2018-03-16 - Divestiture
Woodridge, Illinois · www.schoolkidz.com
Winc Australia Pty 2017-03-13 - Divestiture
Mascot, Australia · www.winc.com.au
Staples Europe B.V. 2016-12-07 - Divestiture
Amsterdam, Netherlands · www.staples.eu
Staples UK Ltd. 2016-11-17 - Divestiture
High Wycombe, United Kingdom · www.staples.co.uk
Staples Print Solutions 2016-04-18 - Divestiture
Framingham, Massachusetts · www.stapleseasyprint.com
Staples - Wholesale Business 2016-02-16 23M USD Divestiture
, United States
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M&A by Sector

Sector Buy # Value Sell # Value
Retail 5 (29%) 4.6B (82%) 3 (33%) 23M (100%)
Distribution 5 (29%) 996M (18%) 2 (22%) -
Software 2 (12%) - - -
Information Technology 1 (6%) - 1 (11%) -
E-Commerce - - 2 (22%) -
Business Services 1 (6%) - - -
Consumer Products 1 (6%) - - -
Internet Software and Services 1 (6%) - - -
Marketing 1 (6%) - - -
Technology Hardware - - 1 (11%) -
Total 17 $5.6B 9 $23M

By Geo

State/Country Buy Value Sell Value
United States 14 2.1B 5 23M
  Massachusetts 3 - 2 -
  Illinois 2 1.7B 2 -
  Tennessee 1 - - -
  Ohio 1 - - -
  North Carolina 1 - - -
  New York 1 - - -
  New Jersey 1 - - -
  Minnesota 1 385M - -
  Florida 1 - - -
  California 1 - - -
Netherlands 1 3.5B 2 -
Canada 2 - - -
  Ontario 1 - - -
  British Columbia 1 - - -
Australia - - 1 -
United Kingdom - - 1 -
Domestic 14 (82%) 2.1B (37%) 5 (56%) 23M (100%)
Cross-border 3 (18%) 3.5B (63%) 4 (44%) -
Total 17 $5.6B 9 $23M

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Barclays Investment Bank
2
Morgan Stanley
2
Legal Deals
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
1
Clifford Chance LLP
1
Corrs Chambers Westgarth
1

Deal Values

buy # Total
> $1B 1 $3.5B
$100M to $1B 3 $2.1B
TOTAL $5.6B
Largest Corporate Express N.V.
$3.5B (2008-06-11)
sell # Total
< $100M 1 $23M
TOTAL $23M
Largest Staples - Wholesale Business
$23M (2016-02-16)

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Investor(s)
80%
4 (80%)
Strategic(s)
20%
1 (20%)
Divested to
Investor(s)
60%
6 (60%)
Strategic(s)
40%
4 (40%)

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