Staples, Inc.

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

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '13 '14 '15 '16 '17 '18 T
Buy (0.6/yr) # 11 1 2 - - - 14
vol $4.6B $4.6B
Sell (1.2/yr) # 1 1 - 4 1 - 7
vol $23M $23M

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Largest Corporate Express N.V.
$3.5B (2008-06-11)
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Largest Staples - Wholesale Business
$23M (2016-02-16)

Staples was acquired by Sycamore Partners on June 28, 2017.

Staples has acquired 15 companies of its own, including 5 in the last 5 years. A total of 4 acquisitions came from private equity firms. It has also divested 7 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 9 different US states, and 3 countries. The Company’s most targeted sectors include retail (29%) and distribution (22%).

When analyzing the retail sector as a whole, according to Mergr, in the last 3 years, there are 192 retail companies that have made at least 1 acquisition, 6 have acquired at least 5 companies, and 1 has acquired more than 10 companies. The most prolific strategic retail acquirer over the past 3 years is Camping World Holdings, with 11 acquisitions. The most prolific private equity acquirer in the retail sector over the past 3 years is Sun Capital Partners, Inc. with 4 platform acquisitions.

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