MOORESVILLE, N.C. and BOUCHERVILLE, Quebec—Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) today announced that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of RONA inc. (“RONA”), in a transaction valued at C$3.2 billion (US$2.4 billion).
The acquisition creates one of the largest home improvement retailers in Canada, with 539 store locations and pro forma revenues from Canadian operations of approximately C$6 billion. As a result, Lowe’s Canada and RONA are well-positioned for continued success serving Canada’s over C$45 billion and growing home improvement market.
“We are very pleased to welcome RONA and its talented team into the Lowe’s family,” said Richard D. Maltsbarger, Lowe’s chief development officer and president of international. “We look forward to capitalizing on the significant potential created by bringing together our two great companies.”
Robert Sawyer, former president and CEO of RONA, added, “I am confident that RONA will be in good hands as part of Lowe’s and will have new opportunities and resources to grow its brands and build upon its heritage, providing Canadians with trusted products and advice to build and renovate their homes in total confidence. This is an excellent next step for our people, our partners, our customers and our former shareholders.”
The Canadian operations are led by Sylvain Prud’homme, president and CEO of Lowe’s Canada. “We are delighted to join forces with RONA’s experienced team to take our businesses to the next level,” said Prud’homme. “With the closing now behind us, we have hit the ground running and are focused on assuring a smooth transition and taking full advantage of the outstanding opportunities we see as one of Canada’s leading home improvement retailers.”
Lowe’s will headquarter the Canadian businesses in Boucherville, Quebec. The company will also continue RONA’s employment of the vast majority of its current employees and maintaining key executives from RONA’s leadership team.
RONA brings to Lowe’s a network of 496 corporate and dealer-owned stores in a number of complementary formats, as well as nine distribution centres serving corporate stores, dealer owners operating under various banners, and Ace for which RONA owns the licensing rights and is the exclusive distributor in Canada.
Tagged with tED