PART1: Richelieu Hardware: Consolidator of a fragmented industry
Serial acquirer and North American's leading distributor, importer and manufacturer of speciality hardware (kitchen cabinet, furniture, door, etc.) is priced attractively at only 12 times earnings.
All figures in this article are in canadian dollars
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Richard Lord, 32 years at the helm
In 1988, when Richard Lord became the new CEO, Richelieu hardware was a regional distributor of speciality hardwares with $28 million of sales and 2 warehouses in Montreal. This distributor, like hundreds of its peers, was operating in a very fragmented market in Canada, addressing the needs of local manufacturers of kitchen cabinets, woodworking entrepreneurs, furnitures makers.
Fast forward 16 years later circa 2004, Richelieu hardware was Canada’s leading distributor of speciality hardware with $302 million of sales, 28 warehouses in Canada and 8 warehouses in USA, after making 28 acquisitions of local and regional …