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M&A Summary:

Q3 2019 - Retail & Consumer Goods


During 2019, the Canadian retail landscape saw a rapid increase in storefront closures and bankruptcy claims, which affected many notable names once considered industry giants. Companies with a strong Canadian presence that were affected include Forever 21's Canadian locations (Q3), Payless Shoes (Q1), Brampton-based Home Outfitters (Q1), and Georgetown, Ont.'s Green Earth (Q1).

Despite a certain degree of turmoil in the industry, non-cyclical and consumer staple retail and consumer businesses remained viable M&A targets due their less risky and defensive operations in the current economic climate.

Through the final quarter of 2019, broad economic uncertainties and negative media attention, spurred by the aforementioned closing of notable retail storefronts, will continue to influence this sector's M&A volume in Canada. As such, deal volume in late 2019 and 2020 will likely remain consistent or decline as many investors wait for the waters to clear and a more stable outlook to emerge in the retail space.

Select Retail & Consumer Goods Transactions - Q3 2019
TargetBuyerDateTransaction Description
International Language Academy Of Canada Inc.ONCAP2019-08-15ONCAP has agreed to acquire International Language Academy of Canada Inc. ("ILAC") for an undisclosed amount. ILAC is an award-winning English language school offering educational training and services to students form more than 75 countries worldwide.
Pharmacy in ManitobaRubicon Pharmacies Canada Inc. (Owned by TorQuest Partners)2019-08-14Rubicon Pharmacies Canada Inc., a portfolio company of Toronto's TorQuest Partners continues its western expansion with the acquisition of a pharmacy in Manitoba. Financial details were not announced.
Dollar CityDollarama Inc. (TSX:DOL)2019-07-02Dollarama Inc. (TSX:DOL) entered into a definitive stock purchase agreement to acquire 50.1% stake in Dollar City for $95 milli

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