Grainger Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

DistributionCompany

Grainger has acquired 13 companies. A total of 2 acquisitions came from private equity firms. It has also divested 5 assets.

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. 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%).

Join Mergr and gain access to Grainger’s M&A summary, the M&A summaries of companies just like it, as well as recent M&A activity in the distribution sector.

M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity18
    • M&A Buy Activity13
    • M&A Sell Activity5
  • Total Sectors Invested 3
  • Total Countries Invested 6
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 9

Grainger

W.W. Grainger, Inc.

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

Grainger 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. Grainger was established in 1927 and is based in Lake Forest, Illinois.


M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 '21 T
Buy (0.0/yr) # 13 - - - - - 13
vol $481M $481M
Sell (0.4/yr) # 3 1 - - 1 - 5
vol $500M $500M
  18

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Fabory Nederland B.V. 2020-06-02 - Divestiture
Tilburg, Netherlands · www.fabory.com
Techni-Tool, Inc. 2017-07-26 - Divestiture
Worcester, Pennsylvania · www.techni-tool.com
Grainger Retirement Solutions 2016-01-04 500M GBP Divestiture
Lake Forest, Illinois
Cromwell Group (Holdings) Ltd. 2015-09-01 477M GBP Add-on Acquisition
Leicester, United Kingdom · www.cromwell.co.uk
Safety Solutions, Inc. 2013-12-03 - Add-on Acquisition
Dublin, Ohio · www.safetysolutions.com
AW Direct, Inc. 2013-12-02 - Divestiture
Janesville, Wisconsin · www.awdirect.com
Ben Meadows Co., Inc. 2013-12-02 - Divestiture
Janesville, Wisconsin · www.benmeadows.com
E&R Industrial Sales, Inc. 2013-08-26 - Add-on Acquisition
Sterling Heights, Michigan · www.erindustrial.com
Techni-Tool, Inc. 2012-12-17 - Add-on Acquisition
Worcester, Pennsylvania · www.techni-tool.com
AnFreixo S.A. 2012-04-03 - Divestiture
Sao Paulo, Brazil
View All >>

Business Unit M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
GHC Specialty Brands LLC    - Gempler's, Inc. 2013-12-02 1
Janesville, Wisconsin Madison, Wisconsin · www.gemplers.com
Acklands-Grainger, Inc.    - K&D Pratt Industrial Division 2009-11-30 5
Richmond Hill, Ontario · www.acklandsgrainger.com Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

M&A by Sector

Sector Buy # Value Sell # Value
Distribution 11 (85%) 481M (100%) 2 (40%) -
E-Commerce - - 2 (40%) -
Energy Services and Equipment 1 (8%) - - -
Safety/Security 1 (8%) - - -
Financial Services - - 1 (20%) 500M (100%)
Total 13 $481M 5 $500M

By Geo

State/Country Buy Value Sell Value
United States 6 - 4 500M
  Wisconsin 1 - 2 -
  Pennsylvania 1 - 1 -
  Connecticut 1 - - -
  Ohio 1 - - -
  Michigan 1 - - -
  Illinois - - 1 500M
India 2 - - -
Japan 2 4M - -
Netherlands 1 - 1 -
Brazil 1 - - -
United Kingdom 1 477M - -
Domestic 6 (46%) - 4 (80%) 500M (100%)
Cross-border 7 (54%) 481M (100%) 1 (20%) -
Total 13 $481M 5 $500M

Deal Values

buy # Total
$100M to $1B 1 $477M
< $100M 1 $4M
TOTAL $481M
Largest Cromwell Group (Holdings) Ltd.
$477M (2015-09-01)
sell # Total
$100M to $1B 1 $500M
TOTAL $500M
Largest Grainger Retirement Solutions
$500M (2016-01-04)

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Investor(s)
15%
2 (15%)
Strategic(s)
8%
1 (8%)
Divested to
Investor(s)
40%
2 (40%)
Strategic(s)
60%
3 (60%)

 Subscribe to unlock this and 169,252
investor and company profiles

Sign-up today to get full access

  • check  Unlimited Searches
  • check  Unlimited Profile Views
  • check  Build and Export Lists of
    • PE Backed Companies
    • Direct Investors & Acquirers
    • Advisors
    • Deals
    • & More

What's Mergr?

We built Mergr to save people the arduous and time-consuming process of tracking when companies are bought, sold, and who currently owns them.

Every day, new opportunities emerge around M&A and we help professionals of all types comb through transactions, investors, and corporate acquirers via an easy-to-use web database that is accessible to anyone.

Try us for 1 week free today!

Mergr, the Easiest-to-Use PE and M&A DB


Key Benefits

  • Stay informed on events in your industry
  • M&A research that takes seconds (not all afternoon)
  • Better understand your customers and prospects
  • Discover active buyers (or sellers)
Search
  • 4.2K Private Equity Firms
  • 159K M&A Transactions
  • 165K Companies Involved in M&A
    (Buyer, Seller, or Target)
  • 3.3K M&A Advisors
    (Investment Banks and Law Firms)
  • 57K M&A Contacts
    (PE and M&A Advisors)

Ready to try?

Join FREE for 1 Week

No obligation. Cancel anytime.