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Bain Capital, The Carlyle Group and Clayton, Dubilier & Rice Agree to Acquire HD Supply from The Home Depot for $10.3 Billion


Boston, MA, Washington, DC and New York, NY – Bain Capital Partners, The Carlyle Group and Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, Inc. today signed a definitive agreement with The Home Depot (NYSE: HD) to acquire its wholesale distribution business, HD Supply, for $10.3 billion. Bain Capital, Carlyle and CD&R will invest equal amounts of equity in the transaction. The transaction is subject to customary regulatory reviews and is expected to close in the third quarter of 2007.

With 2006 revenues of more than $12 billion, HD Supply is the second largest distributor of construction, industrial and maintenance supplies in North America, with number one positions in five of twelve industry verticals. The Company has nearly 1,000 locations in North America and employs 26,000 associates.

“HD Supply enjoys premium positions in an attractive, $400+ billion market where we have deep experience and prior investment success,” said David A. Novak, Partner, CD&R. “Working with our partners, as well as a strong management team, we are confident that we can achieve multiple strategic and operational improvements to enhance the company’s performance.”

Carlyle Managing Director Dan Pryor said, “Management and employees of HD Supply have built tremendous franchises in various building products markets. We look forward to working with the company to deliver more value to customers by enhancing and growing these businesses.”

Steve Zide, a Managing Director at Bain Capital, said, “HD Supply is a broadly-diversified, best in class company that will thrive as a focused, independent market leader. We are excited to put our extensive operations and distribution business experience to work in helping the company’s strong management team seize this unique opportunity.”

Merrill Lynch & Co., J.P. Morgan Securities Inc. and Citigroup Global Markets acted as M&A advisors and Debevoise & Plimpton LLP acted as legal advisor to the private equity firms. Merrill Lynch & Co., J.P. Morgan Securities Inc. and Lehman Brothers are providing financing for the acquisition. PricewaterhouseCoopers Transaction Services group provided financial, tax, benefits and insurance risk management services on behalf of the consortium.

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About Bain Capital:
Bain Capital ( is a global private investment firm that manages several pools of capital including private equity, high-yield assets, mezzanine capital and public equity with approximately $50 billion in assets under management. Since its inception in 1984, Bain Capital has made private equity investments and add-on acquisitions in over 240 companies around the world, including such distribution companies as Brenntag, Unisource, Keystone Automotive Operations and Broder Brothers. The firm has long been an active investor in transactions in which non-core assets are carved out of larger companies to pursue a focused growth plan, including the purchase of Dunkin’ Brands, Sensata Technologies, Burger King, NXP Semiconductors, and Bombardier Recreational Products. Headquartered in Boston, Bain Capital has offices in New York, London, Munich, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

About Clayton, Dubilier & Rice
Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, Inc. (CD&R) is a leading private equity investment firm that has earned consistent, superior investment returns using an integrated operational and financial approach to building and growing portfolio businesses. CD&R’s portfolio investments include Rexel Group, the world’s leading distribution network of electrical supplies and The Hertz Corporation, among other market leaders. CD&R recently announced agreements to acquire U.S. Foodservice from Royal Ahold and The ServiceMaster Company in transactions valued at $7.1 billion and $5.5 billion, respectively. The firm is based in New York and London.

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