SOURCE: Core-Mark Holding Company, Inc.

May 09, 2008 08:30 ET

Core-Mark Announces a Definitive Agreement to Acquire Auburn Merchandise Distributors, Inc.

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - May 9, 2008) - Core-Mark Holding Company, Inc. (NASDAQ: CORE), one of the largest North American distributors to the convenience retail industry, announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of Auburn Merchandise Distributors, Inc. for approximately $28 million. The assets being purchased include primarily accounts receivable, inventory and fixed assets. This agreement does not provide for the purchase of real property or significant liabilities. Core-Mark expects to fund the transaction from excess availability under its $250 million Revolving Credit Facility and from working capital that will be generated after the close. The deal is expected to close in June and be accretive in 2008 excluding approximately $1.4 million in start up and conversion costs.

Auburn has historically generated annual sales of approximately $260 million and is well positioned to service a multi-state geography, complementing the Core-Mark distribution footprint in the Northeast marketplace.

"We are very pleased to be joining the Core-Mark family and look forward to being part of a company with such a great reputation for customer service and a history of success. We believe that together with Core-Mark we will have a team very well suited to serve the Auburn customers," said Bill Potvin, President of Auburn Merchandise Distributors.

"Auburn's history of putting the customer first with fast, flexible service resonates highly with our culture and business practices," said Scott McPherson, Senior Vice President of Core-Mark. "We are very impressed with the Auburn team and believe that this synergistic combination will result in continued great service with more marketing programs and products to help Auburn's customers grow their sales."


Core-Mark is one of the largest broad-line, full-service wholesale distributors of packaged consumer products to the convenience retail industry in North America. Founded in 1888, Core-Mark provides distribution and logistics services as well as marketing programs to over 22,000 retail locations in 45 states and five Canadian provinces through 25 distribution centers, two of which Core-Mark operates as third party logistics providers. Core-Mark services traditional convenience retailers, grocers, drug, liquor and specialty stores, and other stores that carry consumer packaged goods. For more information, please visit

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