REUTERS: Home Depot Inc said on Monday it would buy HD Supply Holdings Inc in a deal valued at about US$8 billion, setting itself up to regain control over the industrial materials wholesaler after spinning it off over a decade ago.
The top U.S. home improvement chain said it would offer US$56 in cash for each share of HD Supply, a near 25per cent premium to the stock's last close. HD Supply's shares jumped 24.5per cent on the news.
With the deal, Home depot is looking to expand its reach into building utility and maintenance products, betting that the economic toll of the COVID-19 pandemic will force swathes of Americans to look for affordable housing.
"With a bolstered sales force and enhanced supply chain, we have no doubt Home Depot will be a more formidable player in theUS$55 billion maintenance, repair and operations market for years to come," Jefferies analysts wrote.
Home Depot, which sold HD Supply in 2007 for US$8.5 billion to Bain Capital, Carlyle Group and Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, said it will fund the buy back through a combination of cash and debt.
HD Supply, one of the largest distributors of appliances, plumbing, and electrical equipment in North America with over 500,000 customers, is expected to be accretive to earnings in 2021, Home Depot said.
J.P. Morgan Securities LLC served as financial adviser to Home Depot on the deal, which is expected to close in its fourth fiscal quarter. The company will report third-quarter results on Tuesday.
(Reporting by Uday Sampath in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta and Shinjini Ganguli)