WESCO Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

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WESCO has acquired 25 companies, including 3 in the last 5 years. A total of 5 acquisitions came from private equity firms. It has also divested 4 assets.

WESCO’s largest acquisition to date was in 2020, when it acquired Anixter International for $4.5B. WESCO has acquired in 14 different US states, and 3 countries. The Company’s most targeted sectors include distribution (88%) and electrical equipment (8%).

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity29
    • M&A Buy Activity25
    • M&A Sell Activity4
  • Total Sectors Invested 3
  • Total Countries Invested 3
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 10
  • M&A Advisors 2

WESCO

WESCO International Inc.

225 West Station Square Drive, Suite 700,
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219
United States,
(412) 454-2200
www.wesco.com

WESCO is a distributor of electrical, data communications, general maintenance, repair, and operating (MRO) and electrical OEM products. WESCO was formed in 1922 and is based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 '21 T
Buy (0.4/yr) # 23 - - 1 1 - 25
vol $1.8B $4.5B $6.3B
Sell (0.4/yr) # 2 - - - - 2 4
  29

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
WESCO Datacom Business 2021-02-12 - Divestiture
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
WESCO Utility Business 2021-02-01 - Divestiture
, Ontario
Anixter International, Inc. 2020-01-13 4.5B USD Merger
Glenview, Illinois · www.anixter.com
OSRAM SYLVANIA, Inc. - Sylvania Lighting Solutions 2019-01-16 - Divestiture
Wilmington, Massachusetts
Atlanta Electrical Distributors 2016-03-01 - Add-on Acquisition
Duluth, Georgia · www.aedga.com
Needham Electric Supply 2015-11-02 - Add-on Acquisition
Canton, Massachusetts · www.needhamelectric.com
Hill Country Electric Supply LP 2015-05-04 - Add-on Acquisition
Austin, Texas · www.hces.net
Hi-Line Utility Supply Co. LLC 2014-05-21 - Add-on Acquisition
Elgin, Illinois · www.hilineco.com
Hazmasters, Inc. 2014-04-07 - Add-on Acquisition
Pickering, Ontario · www.hazmasters.com
LaPrairie, Inc. 2013-12-20 - Add-on Acquisition
Newmarket, Ontario · www.laprairieinc.com
View All >>

M&A by Sector

Sector Buy # Value Sell # Value
Distribution 22 (88%) 6.3B (100%) 4 (100%) -
Electrical Equipment 2 (8%) - - -
Safety/Security 1 (4%) - - -
Total 25 $6.3B 4 -

By Geo

State/Country Buy Value Sell Value
United States 19 5.4B 2 -
  Illinois 3 5.0B - -
  Arkansas 2 - - -
  Wisconsin 2 - - -
  Massachusetts 2 - - -
  Pennsylvania 1 247M 1 -
  Ohio 1 - 1 -
  Colorado 1 - - -
  California 1 - - -
  Arizona 1 - - -
  Texas 1 - - -
  North Carolina 1 130M - -
  Mississippi 1 - - -
  Michigan 1 - - -
  Georgia 1 - - -
Canada 5 866M 1 -
  Ontario 2 - 1 -
  Alberta 2 866M - -
  British Columbia 1 - - -
Argentina 1 - 1 -
Domestic 19 (76%) 5.4B (86%) 2 (50%) -
Cross-border 6 (24%) 866M (14%) 2 (50%) -
Total 25 $6.3B 4 -

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Barclays Investment Bank
1
Legal Deals
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz LLP
1

Deal Values

buy # Total
> $1B 1 $4.5B
$100M to $1B 4 $1.8B
TOTAL $6.3B
Largest Anixter International, Inc.
$4.5B (2020-01-13)

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Investor(s)
20%
5 (20%)
Strategic(s)
8%
2 (8%)
Divested to
Strategic(s)
75%
3 (75%)

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