Home Depot to buy building products distributor HD Supply in $8 billion deal

The logo of Down Jones Industrial Average stock market index listed company Home Depot is seen in Encinitas, California April 4, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo

(Reuters) – Home Depot Inc HD.N said on Monday it would buy HD Supply Holdings Inc HDS.O in a deal valued at about $8 billion, setting itself up to regain control over the industrial material wholesaler after spinning it off over a decade ago.

The home improvement chain said it would offer $56 per share in cash to HD Supply shareholders, a near 25% premium to the stock’s last close. It expects to fund the deal through cash on hand and debt.

The company looks to expand its construction and maintenance goods business by acquiring HD Supply, one of the largest distributors of construction, industrial and maintenance supplies in North America.

HD Supply shares jumped 24.3% premarket.

Home Depot said the deal is expected to close in its fiscal fourth quarter, which ends on Jan. 31, and is likely to be accretive to earnings in 2021.

J.P. Morgan Securities LLC served as financial adviser, and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz served as legal counsel to Home Depot on the deal.

Home Depot’s smaller rival Lowe’s Cos Inc LOW.N last week said it was not in talks to buy HD Supply, denying a previous media report.

Reporting by Uday Sampath in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta and Shinjini Ganguli

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