W.W. Grainger Acquisitions and Exits, 17 Deals Between 2000 and 2017
distribution Company

W.W. Grainger has acquired 13 companies, including 1 in the last 5 years. A total of 2 acquisitions came from private equity firms. It has also divested 4 assets.

W.W. Grainger’s largest acquisition to date was in 2015, when it acquired Cromwell Group for $477M. It’s largest disclosed sale occurred in 2016, when it sold Grainger Retirement Solutions to Electra Private Equity for $500M. W.W. Grainger has acquired in 6 different US states, and 6 countries. The Company’s most targeted sectors include distribution (85%) and energy services and equipment (8%).

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W.W. Grainger, Inc.

100 Grainger Parkway,
Lake Forest, Illinois 60045
United States,
(847) 535-1000
www.grainger.com

W.W. Grainger, Inc. is a distributor of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) supplies and other related products and services used by businesses and institutions primarily in the United States and Canada. The Company also has a in Europe, Asia and Latin America. W.W. Grainger, Inc. was established in 1927 and is headquartered in Lake Forest, Illinois.

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '14 '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 T
Buy (0.2/yr) # 12 1 - - - - 13
vol $348M $477M $825M
Sell (0.4/yr) # 2 - 1 1 - - 4
vol $500M $500M
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Largest Cromwell Group (Holdings) Ltd.
$477M (2015-09-01)
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Largest Grainger Retirement Solutions
$500M (2016-01-04)

Distribution M&A - Last 3 Years

When analyzing the distribution sector as a whole, according to Mergr, in the last 3 years, there are 247 distribution companies that have made at least 1 acquisition, 32 have acquired at least 5 companies, and 16 have acquired more than 10 companies.

The most prolific strategic distribution acquirer over the past 3 years is RelaDyne, with 16 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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