Private equity giant buys Wolseley

Grant Prior 11 months ago
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Private investment firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice is buying heating and plumbing distribution business Wolseley UK for £308m.

The deal was confirmed by current owner USA-based merchant Ferguson this morning.

Kevin Murphy, Chief Executive of Ferguson, said: “Wolseley is a leading heating and plumbing distribution business in the UK and we are confident the business will benefit from working with its new owners, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice who will develop the business further by focusing on continued opportunities in the industry.

“We’d like to thank all our associates for their tireless hard work while they have been part of the Group, especially recently through the Covid-19 pandemic. We wish them all the very best for the future.

“The transaction further simplifies the Group and allows us to focus entirely on investing in and developing our business across North America where we have the greatest opportunities for profitable growth.”

In the year to July 31, 2020 Wolseley UK generated revenue of £1,371m and an underlying trading profit of £5.8m.

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