Home Depot may shed supply arm

first_imgBlake said the company wants to concentrate more on its retail business. The company said it would “evaluate strategic alternatives” that could also include an initial public offering of the supply business. Home Depot did not say how much it could fetch for HD Supply, but some analysts valued it at between $5 billion and $7.5 billion. Analysts had mixed reactions. “While we had long been advocates of the HD Supply business, the market never seemed to warm up to the strategy, viewing it more as a lower margin, lower return distraction from retail,” David Strasser, an analyst with Banc of America Securities, said in a research note. Strasser said Home Depot’s stock should react positively to the news. “This tells us new CEO Frank Blake is focused on value, and taking a fresh look at every aspect of the business,” Strasser wrote. But Mark Rowen, an analyst with Prudential Equity Group, said in a research note of his own that without HD Supply as a growth vehicle, investors could soon start to focus more intensely on Home Depot’s core retail segment, which he believes is close to reaching store saturation in the U.S. “We believe that Home Depot will continue to struggle with the effects of a difficult housing market in the near term, as well as intense competition from archrival Lowe’s longer term,” Rowen wrote. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The announcement followed a decision earlier this month by Home Depot to give a seat on its board to an investment group that wants Home Depot to consider, among other things, a leveraged buyout of the entire company as a way to generate shareholder value. The group, Relational Investors LLC, had threatened a proxy fight over the home-improvement company’s strategic direction, part of an undercurrent that led to Nardelli’s resignation in early January after six years at the helm of the company. Frank Blake, who replaced Nardelli as CEO, said Monday’s announcement regarding Home Depot Supply was part of a strategic review the company conducted in November. Nardelli had said repeatedly that he believed the company’s strategy under his watch did not need changing. Home Depot said it may sell or spin off its wholesale distribution arm, Home Depot Supply, and has retained the investment firm Lehman Brothers as its financial adviser to assist in this process. ATLANTA – The Home Depot Inc.’s former chief executive, Bob Nardelli, was a master of staying on message and strategy. A month after he resigned, the world’s largest home improvement store chain is showing it wants a change in direction. The Atlanta-based company said Monday it will consider shedding its division serving contractors, home builders and other business customers. Nardelli had trumpeted Home Depot Supply as a growth business for the company. Home Depot shares rose on the news. Some analysts said the decision to possibly sell Home Depot Supply could benefit the company by allowing it to focus on generating value for shareholders, while others suggested it could put the onus back on the company’s retail side, where it faces tough competition from Lowe’s. last_img read more

Maroons FC, Centenary Bank enter partnership

first_imgCentenary Bank’s Michael Jjingo (second left) hands over a UGX 10m cheque to Maroons FC on Tuesday. (PHOTO/Courtesy)KAMPALA – Maroons FC and Centenary Bank have entered into a partnership worth UGX 10m.The deal was confirmed on Tuesday, 24th September after a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between the two parties.It is believed to be a one-year partnership that will run until next year (2020).Centenary Bank General Manager, Michael Jingo handed over a dummy cheque of UGX 10m to the Commissioner General of Prisons at the Prisons’ head quarters board room.Speaking at the launch of the partnership, Jjingo praised Maroons FC for developing and grooming talents and thanked them for their partnership with Centenary Bank.“It is a pleasure to partner with Maroons FC and we are so grateful that the Prisons’ department has always been vital in developing talents, said Jjingo.“We at Centenary Bank are ready to contribute more as we continue to appreciate our partnership with the institution.”Also speaking at the event, Commissioner Byabashaija thanked Centenary Bank for their generosity.“Am very gratified for your generous offer of this sponsorship, noted Byabashaija.“We want to assure you that we shall strive to make this relationship mutually exclusive.The financial boost comes at a period when Maroons are enjoying their best start to a league campaign in ages.Douglas Bamweyana’s side are currently third on the standings having won three of their opening four games of the 2019/20 Uganda Premier league season.They will take on BUL FC in their next league fixture, on Tuesday 1st October at the FUFA Technical Center Njeru.Comments Tags: Bul FCCentenary BankDouglas BamweyanaMaroons FCUganda Premier Leaguelast_img read more