Anixter Resisting Takeover From Competitor, Bidding War Emerges, Wesco Wins

By John Honovich and Charles Rollet, Published Jan 13, 2020, 12:09pm EST

Mega distributor Anixter is going to be acquired but by whom?

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Initially, Anixter planned to go private, being bought by a private equity firm. Now, a new bidder, Wesco, has come along that has topped the private equity's firm price. But Anixter is resisting so far.

In this note, we examine what is happening, who the competitor may be (ADI/Resideo, Ingram Micro, TechData, Rexel, Wesco, etc.) and how this may impact the future of the company.

Update January 2nd and 3rd: We have added coverage on the increased rounds of bidding between Wesco and CD&R.

Executive *******

  • *** ********* ***** (***** A) "** * **********" of ******* *** *** offered * ******** ** $90 *** *****. ***** A ******* ** ** interested ***** ****** *** "**-**** ******" ********* ******* ****** firm**&*'* ********** *** ******* ** $82 *** *****.
  • *** ******** ******** ***** ($90) ***'* **** ****** than *** ******* ***** price ** $** *** to *******'* ********** **** stock ****** ***********, **** Anixter's ***** ********* *** following *******: "*** **** that *** ******* ****** stock ** ****** ******, the **** **** *** price ** *** ******* common ***** *** *** reflected ************ ** *** performance ** *** *******’* business, *** *** *******’* financial *********** *** *** risks ********** **** *** Company’s ******* ** **** such ***********, ********* ***** described ** *** *******’* SEC *******." *******'* ***** also ******** "************* *** challenges ****** *** ******* and *** ********, ********* the *******’* ********** *** Business ************** **********."
  • ** *** ****** *******, "the ******* [*******] **** cease ** ** * publicly ****** ******* *** will ****** * ****** owned ********** ** ******."
  • ************ **** ***** * are ******* *** ******* is *******. "** ** the **** ** **** preliminary ***** *********, *** Company ** ******* ** continuing *********** **** ***** A. ***** *** ** no ********* ** ********* that *** *********** **** Party * **** ****** in * ******** ******* proposal."
  • **********, *******'* *********** ****** *%** *** **** ** a ********* ******** ** $90 (*****, ************* ****** than **&*'* $** *****).
  • ****** *** ******* **&* negotiations, ******* *********** *** part-owner ** ******* *** Zell **** ** ****'* impressed **** *** ****'* market ***********, ****** *******'* "common ***** ** ******-****** and, ******* ******** ******* over *** **** ******* years ** ******** ********* in *******, ****** *** not ********* ************, (**) the ***** ** *** Company ****** ***** *** not ********* ************* *************** six ******** ******** ** positive *******".

Competitor ********

******: ******* *** ********* Wesco ** *** ********** who ***** ** ******* them.

*** / ******* *** Ingram ***** *** ****** certainly *** *** ********** here.******* *** *** ****** problems**** ****** ** *** out *******. ****** ***** is ** *****,***** ** ***** ********** conglomerate ***, ** ** ******** to ** **** ** try **** * ********.

******** *** ***** ***** be *** ********** ****** the ********. **** *** publicly ****** ********* *** at ~$* ******* *** ~$3.5 ******* ****** ***************, both *** *** ****** to *** **** * deal *** *** ~$* billion *******.

******: ****, ***** ** a ***********. **** *** are * ********-****** ********** of *******, ****** **** a ******* **** ******* market ************** ** ~$*.* billion, ***** ***** **** such * **** ******.

Why ******?

******* **** *** ******* why ** **** *** simply **** *** ****** offer **** ***** *, though *** ********** ** that ********** ****** ***** the ******** ***** ** more ************ *** **** long-term. ********** ****** **** *** a *********** ***** ******** ********* *** ********* distributors. *** *******'* ********** team, **** ***** ** opportunity ** ********** ******* the ******** *** * potential ****** ****** ****. By ********, ** **** are ******** ** ***** A, *** ******* ******** would ** ** ******* the ******** ****** *** eliminate **** ** *** existing **********.

*******

***** ** ** *** certain *** *** ********** is, ** ** ******* what ***** ****** ** that *****. *******, ******* going ******* **** *** PE **** ***** ****** give ** * ****** shot ** ******** * stronger *********** *****.

UPDATE *** ****: **** *** ******

* **** **** **&*, the ******* ****** **** is *** ******,** ******* *** ************* **&* *** ***** their ***** ***** *** included *********** * ***** to ************ ** **&* sells ******* ** ***** or ******** ***** ** the ********* **** ***** the **** ** ******.

** **********, *** **** is *** ******* *** CD&R **** *** * vote ** ******** **** to ***** *** ****.

*************, *** ************ **** says **** **&* ***** to **** *** ****** and *** *** ***** in *********** **** ******* but **** ***** *******:

** **** **** ******* by **&* **** ** has **** * ***** financed ******** ** ***** to ******* *** ** the *********** ****** ** WESCO *** **** *** Board ** ********* ** WESCO *** ********** **** the ******** **** *** form * ***** *** discussions ** **** ****.

UPDATE *** ***: **&* ****** **** ***** *********** ***** ********

**&* *** *** ****** its ***** ** $**.**, ******** *****'* *** 26th ***** *** ********* it ** ********* ** all ****. ******* *** accepted ** **********:

*** ***** ********* ********** the ***** *** **** profile ** *****’* ***** comprising ****, ***** ****** stock *** * *** series ** ***** ********* stock, *** ***** ***** is ** *********** ****** or ******* *****. *** Board *** *********** ********* that **&*’* ******** ***-**** proposal ** ******** ** WESCO’s *****

*** ******* ** ****** over *** ***** *** lost. **** ***** *** to ***** ** $***, etc. *** ***** *****'* relative **** *** *********, they *** ******** ** be **** ** ******* that.

*** ***** *** ***** have ***, ** *** sense. ***** ******* ****** CD&R ** ******** *** price **** ** **% (from $** ** $**.** per *****). **** ***** will ***** **&*'* ******* on ***** ********** *** potentially *** ****** *** Anixter's ********** ** ***** private.

UPDATE *** ***: ***** *** ******, ********

***** ** *** ****** up, ********** ***** ***** from $**.** ** $**.**,****** ***** *****:

*****'* ******* ******** ** the **** ******** **** offers ******* ************ *** ability ** *********** ** the ******** ** *** combination, ********* *** ********* value ********.

**** ** ****, ****** because **&* ***** **** Anixter *******, ******* **** current ****** ************ ***** not **** *** ****** from *******'* ****-****** ******. On *** ***** ****, Wesco ***** ******** **** as ***** ***** ** more ******* **** **% of ***** ***** ***** on ******* *** ****** stock *** ********* ********* stock. ** *** *** upside, ******* ************ ***** take *** ******** **** the **&* **** *** invest ** ** *** number ** ***** ******** traded ******.

** *******'* ******** ******** holds, ** ** *** think *.*% ** ****** of * *******, ***** the ***** ** *** Wesco ***.

UPDATE: *** ***: ******* ********, **** ***** $*** ********

********* ***** ******** ********,******* *** *** ******** declared**** *****'* $*** ***** offer ** * "******** Company ********" **** **&* $97 ***-**** ***.

** ** *** ****, though. "**&* *** *** option *** *** **** five ******** **** ** negotiate ** ********* ** that ********* ** **** WESCO’s ***** **** ** longer ** * “******** Company ********.”

*** ***** ** ******* was ******** ***** **&*'* proposal ***** ***** ****** 10% **** *** **** nominal ***** **** ***** but **** ** * reversal **** ***** ****** logic **** **** ***.

UPDATE: *** ****: ***** ****

** ******* ******* ******* arguing **** *****'* *** was ******** ** **&*'* by ****** **%, ************ ********* **** **** are ****** *****'**.*% ******* ***** ***** higher *****.

** *** ****** **** bad *** **&* ****** here ** ***** ********* with ******* ******** ******* to *** **&* $*** million ** **** *** Wesco ****, ***** ***** is ****** ** ******** to *** ***** *** Anixter.

** **** ******* * separate ****** ********* *** now ****** ** ****.

Comments (37)

* ***** **** *** whoever ***** ******* ****, please ***** **** ** being * ****** *********** and **** ** ***** an **********.

** ** **********, * would **** ******* **** being ** ********** ** you **** ** ********.

****** ***** **** ** being * ****** *********** and **** ** ***** an **********.

** ***...

*** *******:******* *** **** ***** Troubles,******* ***** ******* ** End *****

** ********, * **** not ***** ** ** many ****** ******** (*.*., 2018 / ****). ****** have ******** ** *****?

**** **** ******* ****** their ****** *****. ***** pitch ****'* ** ********* we **** **** ****** to **** *** **** but ***** *** *** their *** ******** ********. Say *** **** * regional ****** ****** ** get ******** *** ***** is * ***** ****** that ******* *** **** business. *** ******** ****** will ** ******** ** get *** ***** **** the ***** ******, ** matter *** ****. ***** are ***** * ***** directly.

***** *** ******* * was *** ***** ** get **** ** ***** the ******* *****. **'* only * ****** ** time.

**** *** ****** ** my ****. ** **** a ***** ******** **** we ****** **** **. Purchasing ******** *** *** to ************ ******* ** integrators *** ******* ********* that **** ******'* *****. CSC ****'* (*** **** coming) *** ******. ********* the ***** ******* ******* about $**** ** **** sales.

**** ****, ** *** Anixter *** **** ***** call ** ** *** way *** ** **** from ******** ** *** users *** ** **** said **** *** * long **** ***.

* ******* *** ***** goal ** ******** *****/***-** was ** ******** ***? And *** *** ***** up ** **** *** party? ***... ***********

**** *** *******: "*** / ******* *** ****** Micro *** ****** ********* not *** ********** ****.******* *** *** ****** problems**** ****** ** *** out *******."

** *** ** *** ruining ******** ****?

** ****

* **** ***** ** ........

* ** ***** *

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***, *** *** *** enough ** **** ********* *** **** *****, *** *** ***** company...

******: ****, ***** ** a ***********. **** *** are * ********-****** ********** of *******, ****** **** a ******* **** ******* market ************** ** ~$*.* billion, ***** ***** **** such * **** ******.

**** **** ** ** be ******** ** ****** Global **********. ******* ****’** wrap ** ******* ** well?

****, ******! * ****** the **** **** / Apollo ****.**** ********* * ***** approval* *** ***** *** that **** **** **** Data *******.

****,***************** ******* *** ***** is ***** *.

* ******, ** ****** form, ** *** ****** PE ******** ************ *********** of ***-** *** ******** Video ** ***** ***?

* ****** *** * once ***** ***** ****** up ******* *******.

* *** **** ** a **** ****** ** mine *** ***** ** Anixter **** ** ******* employee **** ** ******* that **** **** "****** me".

**** ******* ***** **** was **** ******** ** Anixter ******** ** ****** with ****** ******* *** handing *** ***** ******** event *******.

******* **** **** * letter ** **** ************ I ******** **** ******* that ****** ******* **** will ** *** ********* reseller ** ******** ** this ********** ****** *** that **** *** *** to **** ** ** any ******.

*********** *** ** ****** all ** *** ************* flat *** ******** ******** letter, ** ***** ** if * *** **** battle *** *** *** will **** **.

*** ****** *** *** get * **** ** that ******? ****** ****-***********…

* **** *** ******, and *** ** *** have ** **** *********** tone.

******* **** ********* ** Clayton, ******* & ****

******* ** ** ********* Acquired *** $*.* ******* | ********** ************">******* ** ** ********* Acquired *** $*.* ******* | ********** ************

***** ******* *** **** about "**** ********" * might **** ****** *********.

******* **** ********* ** Clayton, ******* & ****

** *******, **** **** from **** ***** ******* no ****** ******* ***** emerge ***** *** ******* equity **** **** ***** move. *******, ** ******* has *** ********, * higher ****** *** ******* (Competitor ***** '*') ** the **** **** *** private ****** **** ** in *****.

*** *******. ** ****** matter ** ** **** going **, ** ***** certain **** *** ** to ** ****.

*'* ********* ** *** mentioned ******* ** * potential ********. $*.** ** revenue *** ****. **** compete ** **** ****** (albeit, *** **** "******" ones). ** ***** ******** be * ************* ***.

******* ** *** ******** traded *** ******* **** the ******* ****** ** buy **** **.

*****, *** **** **** out * ********** ******* with **&* ********* *******:

**'* * *** *******, but *** ************, **** they *** *** ****** / ** * *** report ** ****.

*******'* *** **** ** odd ***** ** *********, ******** **** ***** A's $** ***** ** inferior ** **&*'* $**.**:

****** *** **-**** ******, we *** ******* ******** fromanother *****. While we cannot disclose the name of the interested party, we are engaged ** ********** *********** with the interested party. We cannot ********* **** *** *********** **** ****** ** * ******** ********. At this time, we still have a signed agreement in place with CD&R and are working to consummate the transaction under that agreement. As you may have seen, we previously announced that CD&R raised its purchase price by $1.50 per share to $82.50 per share. [Emphasis Added]

$** > $**.**...

** ********, ***** ** not ****** *** **** consideration, *** ** ** going ** ** ***** to **** **** **** money. *** *** ************, it **** *** ****** if ******* **********'* ****** is ****** **** **&*, if *** ***** ** less.

*** * ***********,* *** **** *** launched ** ************* **** Anixter's***** ******** ** *** CD&R ****:

****** ***** & ****** is ********* **** *******’* board ** ********* ******* an ****** ******* *** ultimately ****** ** ** inadequate **** *****. ***********, the **** ** ************* all ******** ******* ** the **** *** ** committed ** ******** *** best ****** ******** *** Anixter ************

***/***, ******, **&* ******* or ***** ***** *'* offer, ******* *** ** sued.

*** *** ****** ** expecting *** **** ** be **** ** *** $90 *****, *** $**.**, as *** ***** ***** movement *****:

**** **** ******** *** Anixter **********, **&* ****** their ***.

** **’* *** ******* then?

********* ****** ****'* **** circling ****** **** ***********. That ***** ** * game ******* *** *** industry's ************ *******. ****, Amazon *** ***** *** distribution ******* ** *** would **** **** *******'*; however, ****** ***** ***** of ******* ** ** industrial ************ **** ** a *** ********* **** shipping ***** ***** ** someone's *****, *** ******* has **** ****** ************* in **** *******.

* **** **** **&*, the ******* ****** **** is *** ******,** ******* *** ************* **&* *** ***** their ***** ***** *** included *********** * ***** to ************ ** **&* sells ******* ** ***** or ******** ***** ** the ********* **** ***** the **** ** ******.

** **********, *** **** is *** ******* *** CD&R **** *** * vote ** ******** **** to ***** *** ****.

*************, *** ************ **** says **** **&* ***** to **** *** ****** and *** *** ***** in *********** **** ******* but **** ***** *******:

** **** **** ******* by **&* **** ** has **** * ***** financed ******** ** ***** to ******* *** ** the *********** ****** ** WESCO *** **** *** Board ** ********* ** WESCO *** ********** **** the ******** **** *** form * ***** *** discussions ** **** ****.

***********, ***** ** *** giving **. ***,***** *** **** **************** ***** ***** *** keeping ** ** $** per *****.

***** *******'* ***** ******* the *** ****** *** Zell's *******, ** ** not ***** ** ***** can **** **&* ****** they ** ***** *** for *******.

******:**&* *** *** ****** its ***** ** $**.**, ******** *****'* *** 26th ***** *** ********* it ** ********* ** all ****. ******* *** accepted ** **********:

*** ***** ********* ********** the ***** *** **** profile ** *****’* ***** comprising ****, ***** ****** stock *** * *** series ** ***** ********* stock, *** ***** ***** is ** *********** ****** or ******* *****. *** Board *** *********** ********* that **&*’* ******** ***-**** proposal ** ******** ** WESCO’s *****

*** ******* ** ****** over *** ***** *** lost. **** ***** *** to ***** ** $***, etc. *** ***** *****'* relative **** *** *********, they *** ******** ** be **** ** ******* that.

*** ***** *** ***** have ***, ** *** sense. ***** ******* ****** CD&R ** ******** *** price **** ** **% (from $** ** $**.** per *****). **** ***** will ***** **&*'* ******* on ***** ********** *** potentially *** ****** *** Anixter's ********** ** ***** private.

**** ***** **** ***** CD&R's ******* ** ***** investment *** *********** *** upside *** *******'* ********** in ***** *******.

***** **** *** *****'* strategy *** *****? ***** are ****** **** **** and ******* ********** **** over *** ***** ** quiet **** *** **** that **&* *** **** to ******** ** **** the ********. * **** tactic ** *** *** limit **** **********.

UPDATE *** ***: ***** *** ******, ********

***** ** *** ****** up, ********** ***** ***** from $**.** ** $**.**,****** ***** *****:

*****'* ******* ******** ** the **** ******** **** offers ******* ************ *** ability ** *********** ** the ******** ** *** combination, ********* *** ********* value ********.

**** ** ****, ****** because **&* ***** **** Anixter *******, ******* **** current ****** ************ ***** not **** *** ****** from *******'* ****-****** ******. On *** ***** ****, Wesco ***** ******** **** as ***** ***** ** more ******* **** **% of ** ***** ** issuing *** ****** ***** and ********* ********* *****. As *** *** ******, Anixter ************ ***** **** the ******** **** *** CD&R **** *** ****** it ** *** ****** of ***** ******** ****** stocks.

** *******'* ******** ******** holds, ** ** *** think *.*% ** ****** of * *******, ***** the ***** ** *** Wesco ***.

*** ******* ********* ************* ***** ******** ******** 4th *******.

***********, ** ******* **&* offered ** *** ***** for * **% *******:

*** ***** ******** ** WESCO *** $** *** share, ***** *********** ** approximately **% ******* ******* to *** ***** ** WESCO ****** ** *** close ** *.*. ********* markets ** ******** *, 2019.

** **** ******** * lengthy **** ** **** explanation ** *** *********** process **** *****.

** **, ******* ****** that *****'* ******* ***** is ******** ***** **% less ** **** *****, as *** ******* ***** shows:

***** ******, ***** *** since ****** ***** ***** but *******'* ********** ***** remains, **** ***** **** a ********** ******* ****** bid **** ***** ** inferior ** **&*'* ***-**** offer.

******* ***** ** ****, I **** ******* ******** for *** **** ** Inner ***** *** **'* products ***** ******* ****** last ****.

* **** ******* ******** for *** **** ** Inner *****

**** ******** ** *** have? *** *** ********* #12?

***** ***** *** * great ***** ** ********. Their *********** **** ******* they **** *********** *** reasonable ************.

**** ** ** **** concerned ** *******'* ****** as ** *** *** sure **** ***** ***** were *** **. *** CSD **** ** ***** acquisition *** ******* *** not ** *** **. There **** **** ****** rumours ****** **** ******* was ****** ** **** Integriti **** ***** *******.

** ***** **** **** with ******** **** *********** wouldn't ***** ** *** same. *** ******, *** culture *** ***.

*** *** *** ****'* even ***** ** **** last ******** *** *** we're ******* ** *********** another ********* ****** *** back ** *** *******, potentially **** ***** *** see *** ***** ** trying ** ********* * new ******* *** **** it ***** *** ** another *****.

******: ********* ***** ******** position,******* *** *** ******** declared**** *****'* $*** ***** offer ** * "******** ******* ********" **** CD&R $** ***-**** ***.

** ** *** ****, though. "**&* *** *** ****** for *** **** **** business **** ** ********* an ********* ** **** agreement ** **** *****’* offer **** ** ****** be * “******** ******* Proposal.”

*** ***** ** ******* was ******** ***** **&*'* proposal ***** ***** ****** 10% **** *** **** nominal ***** **** ***** but **** ** * reversal **** ***** ****** logic **** **** ***.

UPDATE: *** ****: ***** ****

** ******* ******* ******* arguing **** *****'* *** was ******** ** **&*'* by ****** **%, ************ ********* **** **** are ****** *****'**.*% ******* ***** ***** higher *****.

** *** ****** **** bad *** **&* ****** here ** ***** ********* with ******* ******** ******* to *** **&* $*** million ** **** *** Wesco ****, ***** ***** is ****** ** ******** to *** ***** *** Anixter.

** **** ******* * separate ****** ********* *** now ****** ** ****.

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