Uni-Sélect Inc.
TSX : UNS

Uni-Sélect Inc.

May 08, 2008 13:00 ET

Uni-Select Inc. Makes a Strategic Acquisition in the Foreign Nameplate Sector

BOUCHERVILLE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - May 8, 2008) - Uni-Select Inc. (TSX:UNS) has entered into an agreement for the purchase of the assets of Beck/Arnley Worldparts Corp and its Canadian subsidiary Beck/Arnley Worldparts Canada ULC, both automotive replacement parts distributors specialized in parts for foreign nameplate vehicles. The company operates one master distribution center at its headquarters in Smyrna, Tennessee and maintains relationships with two other satellite warehouses allowing it to service the whole of the North American market. The sale is expected to be completed on June 1st, 2008, subject to closing conditions.

The acquired business will be the cornerstone of a strategic initiative to improve parts coverage in order to better service the growing import nameplate component of the North American fleet of vehicles and will be the start of a new Foreign Nameplate Division at Uni-Select Inc. This development will initially add annual sales of $29M US to Uni-Select's revenues.

"Beck/Arnley's high quality product offering, its strong brand image at the Jobber and Installer levels, its catalogue and its capabilities in the areas of product sourcing and logistics provides us with a great opportunity to support and improve the capabilities of the company. We intend to grow the business by expanding its geographical reach and its product offering. In addition, we will deliver the quality product the customer wants, where and when he wants it and at a competitive price" offered Richard G. Roy, President and Chief Executive Officer of Uni-Select Inc.

"These developments are exciting news for our customers and employees. Uni-Select's support will allow us to more effectively develop and rebuild our capabilities to better serve our customers by delivering the quality products we have been working so hard to provide. In Uni-Select, we have found the right partner as their vision, culture, values and business model, including support of the independent Jobber, coincide so closely with ours" commented Max Dull, President of Beck/Arnley.

Uni-Select is Canada's second largest distributor of automotive replacement parts, equipment, tools and accessories and through Uni-Select USA, Inc.; the company also provides service to customers in the United States where it is the 7th largest distributor. Its subsidiary, Palmar Inc., sells replacement parts, tools and accessories for heavy-duty vehicles and wheels in Canada. The Uni-Select Network includes over 2,079 independent jobbers and services over 3,148 points of sale in Canada and the United States.
Uni-Select is headquartered in Montreal. Uni-Select shares (UNS) are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX).

Certain statements made in this press release contain forward-looking statements which, by their very nature, include risks and uncertainties, such that actual results could differ from those indicated in those forward-looking statements. For additional information with respect to the risks and uncertainties, refer to the Annual Report filed by Uni-Select and available on SEDAR. Unless required to do so pursuant to applicable securities legislation, Uni-Select assumes no obligation as to the updating or revision of the forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events or other changes.

Contact Information

  • Uni-Select Inc.
    Mr. Richard G. Roy
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    450-641-2440
    450-449-4908 (FAX)
    or
    Uni-Select Inc.
    Mr. Denis Mathieu
    Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
    450-641-2440
    450-449-4908 (FAX)
    www.uni-select.com