Core-Mark Signs Definitive Agreement to Purchase J.T. Davenport & Sons, Positioning Company to Add over $600 million in Annualized Revenues
South San Francisco, California – – Core-Mark Holding Company, Inc. (Nasdaq: CORE), one of the largest marketers of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in North America, announced today that it has signed a Definitive Stock Purchase Agreement to acquire J.T. Davenport & Sons, Inc. (Davenport) located in Sanford, North Carolina. The transaction is structured as an all-cash stock acquisition pursuant to which Davenport will become a wholly-owned, indirect subsidiary of Core-Mark.
Davenport was ranked as the 15th largest convenience wholesaler by Convenience Store News, with 2011 revenues reaching approximately $600 million. The owners, management and employees of Davenport have built their company into a leading independent wholesale distributor in the Southeast. Their commitment to bringing value to their customers has resonated with the 2,000 convenience stores they serve from their modern facility in Sanford, North Carolina. Davenport has an established track record of sales and profit and is an industry leader in their sales technology.
The purchase price is estimated to be approximately $45 million, predicated on the value of certain assets and liabilities to be determined at closing. No debt is being assumed in this transaction. Core-Mark will fund this purchase with a combination of cash on hand and borrowings under its $200 million revolving credit facility. The deal is expected to close by the end of 2012 and is expected to be accretive in 2013, excluding approximately $2.5 million in start-up and conversion costs, a portion of which will be incurred in 2012.
“We are extremely pleased to welcome Mark Davenport and his company to the Core-Mark family. For decades, J.T. Davenport has built a well-deserved reputation as a top tier distributor in the industry. I look forward to Mark’s leadership in creating customer solutions by combining J.T. Davenport’s best practices and market presence with Core-Mark’s marketing strategies and technology,” said J. Michael Walsh, President and Chief Executive Officer of Core-Mark. “Our shared cultures, values, and focus on customer needs make this business combination a great fit.”
“In 2012 our company will have reached its 95th successful year of operation by placing value in building strong partnerships with our customers, the dedication of our employees and the support of our supplier community. As the industry has grown and changed over time, Davenport changed with those demands but always stayed consistent with our values. In Core-Mark we see the same vision and dedication necessary to continue servicing our customers’ needs. Core-Mark’s decentralized platform will allow Davenport’s customers and employees greater opportunity to meet the unique challenges we face at the local level while enjoying the leverage and support of being a national supplier. The Davenport management team and I are looking forward to the opportunity this provides us in bringing new and exciting programs to our customers, helping them grow their sales and profits,” said Mark Davenport, President of Davenport.
Core-Mark is one of the largest marketers of fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in North America. Founded in 1888, Core-Mark offers a full range of products, marketing programs and technology solutions to approximately 29,000 customer locations in the U.S. and Canada through 27 distribution centers (excluding two distribution facilities the Company operates as a third party logistics provider). Core-Mark services traditional convenience retailers, grocers, drug, liquor and specialty stores, and other stores that carry convenience products. For more information, please visit www.core-mark.com.
About J.T. Davenport & Sons
J.T. Davenport & Sons, Inc. engages in the wholesale distribution of convenience groceries, candies, tobacco, food service products, health and beauty products, and general merchandise. Davenport established its presence in Sanford, North Carolina in 1917, the company services customers in eight states and presently employs approximately 340 people, servicing approximately 2,000 convenience stores. The company’s mission is to sustain planned, profitable growth with their business partners by providing superior service and unique solutions while creating an environment for their employees that encourages teamwork and innovative thinking.
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