Clayton, Dubilier & Rice

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Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, LLC
TypePrivate Equity Investment Firm
Founded1978; 43 years ago (1978)
HeadquartersSeagram Building
New York City, New York, U.S.

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice is an American private equity company. It is one of the oldest private equity investment firms in the world. Founded in 1978, CD&R has managed the investment of more than $30 billion in approximately 90 businesses, representing a broad range of industries with an aggregate transaction value in excess of $140 billion. Approximately half of CD&R's investments have involved corporate divestitures.

CD&R had ownership stakes in, among others, B&M Retail, Envision Healthcare, The Hertz Corporation, Hussman International, Rexel (a distributor of electrical parts and equipment) and US Foods (a broadline foodservice distributor), Sally Beauty, Diversey, Inc., VWR International, Brake Bros, Kinko's (now FedEx Office, previously FedEx Kinko's), Uniroyal Goodrich Tire Company and Lexmark.


Clayton & Dubilier was founded as a turnaround management shop by Martin H. Dubilier, Eugene Clayton and Bill Welsh in 1976.[1] Joseph L. Rice III, a deal professional, putting the firm into investment business, joined in 1978, and the firm became known as Clayton, Dubilier & Rice in 1992.[1] Clayton and Welsh retired from the firm in 1985 and Dubilier died in 1991.[2]

The firm executed a leveraged buyout in 1987 of Borg-Warner's Industrial Products Division, spinning the division off into a standalone company, BW/IP International.[1] Between 1987 and 1992 the firm added nine new partners, five of which had previous experience as CEOs.[1]

In 1988, the firm acquired Uniroyal Goodrich Tire Company and a 50% stake of B.F. Goodrich for $225 million.[3][4] In 1990, the firm sold Uniroyal Goodrich Tire Company to Michelin for $1.5 billion.[5]

In 1990, CD&R formed Lexmark from IBM's printer and keyboard manufacturing business.[1] The deal was named one of the 30 Most Influential Private Equity Deals by Private Equity International in 2004.[6]

In 1998, Don Gogel was appointed CEO.[7] Also in 1998, CD&R established an office in London.[8][9]

In 2001, Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric, joined CD&R as a Senior Advisor.[10]

In 2005, CD&R teamed with Merrill Lynch, The Carlyle Group and Barclays to acquire The Hertz Corporation from Ford Motor Company for $15 billion.[11]

In 2011, CD&R and Ingersoll-Rand announced a partnership relating to Ingersoll's Hussmann division in which CD&R would acquire a 60 percent interest.[12]

In 2012, Joe Rice stepped down as Chairman, succeeded by Don Gogel.[13][2]

In March 2013, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice partnered with the family owners of B&M retail, acquiring a 60 percent stake.[14] In October 2013, the firm acquired a 60% stake in John Deere Landscapes (now SiteOne Landscape Supply) in partnership with Deere & Co., which retained a 40 percent stake.[15][16]

In 2015, CD&R signed an agreement to sell Hussmann to Panasonic for $1.5 billion.[17]

Clayton Dubilier & Rice Fund X LP completed fundraising in 2017 with $10 billion of investor commitments.[18]

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice acquired a 60% stake of Capco from FIS for $477 million in May 2017.[19] In August 2017, the firm acquired the Waterworks division of HD Supply for 2.5 billion, and changed its name to Core & Main.[20][21]

In January 2018, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice acquired Ply Gem Holdings, Inc. and Atrium Windows & Doors.[22] In October 2018, the firm acquired a stake in SmileDirectClub after investing $380 million.[23]

In 2018, CD&R and American Greetings, a provider of greeting card, announced a partnership transaction in which CD&R would acquire a 60% stake from the family owners.[24]

In January 2019, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice invested alongside the founder of WSH Investments Ltd., Alistair Storey, to take a major stake in the business.[25]

In July 2019, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice were included on Inc.'s 50 Best Private Equity Firms for Entrepreneurs list.[26]

In September 2019, CD&R acquired a stake in Socotec in a deal valuing Socotec at $1.98 billion.[13]

In August 2020, CD&R signed an agreement to buy Epicor from KKR for $ 4.7 billion.[27]

In January 2021, CD&R agreed to purchase Wolseley UK, the largest supplier of plumbing and building materials in the U.K. from Ferguson plc for $308m. [28]


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  2. ^ a b Roumeliotis, Greg (April 26, 2012). "CD&R founder, private equity pioneer Rice steps down". Reuters. Reuters. Retrieved December 16, 2019.
  3. ^ Uniroyal Goodrich Tire Co reports earnings for Qtr to Sept 30, New York Times Archive, Published: October 14, 1988
  4. ^ Company News; Goodrich Outlook, REUTERS, New York Times Archive, Published: June 24, 1988
  5. ^ INSIDE, New York Times, Published: September 23, 1989
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  9. ^ "U.S. Firm's German Deal". NYTimes. The New York Times. June 17, 1998. Retrieved December 18, 2019.
  10. ^ Kauflin, Jeff (November 22, 2016). "Jack Welch's Third Act: An Online MBA Program That's Thriving". Forbes. Retrieved December 18, 2019.
  11. ^ Merrell, Caroline (July 29, 2006). "Softly, softly, CDR lands the deal". The Times. Retrieved December 16, 2019.
  12. ^ Warner, Melodie (August 8, 2011). "Ingersoll-Rand sells 60% Hussmann for $370 mln". MarketWatch. MarketWatch Inc. Retrieved December 18, 2019.
  13. ^ a b Louch, William (25 September 2019). "CD&R Agrees to Buy Socotec Stake at $2 Billion Valuation". Wall Street Journal.
  14. ^ "Press Release" (PDF).
  15. ^ "Deere to Sell Majority Interest in Landscapes Business". 28 October 2013. Retrieved 18 November 2013.
  16. ^ "John Deere Landscapes Unveils New Name as SiteOne Landscape Supply". 14 August 2015. Retrieved 13 October 2016.
  17. ^ "CD&R to exit Hussmann to Panasonic in $1.5B+ deal". Pitchbook. Pitchbook Data. December 22, 2015. Retrieved December 18, 2019.
  18. ^ Dorbian, Iris (April 19, 2017). "CD&R closes 10th fund at $10 bln". PE Hub. PE Hub. Retrieved December 18, 2019.
  19. ^
  20. ^ – HD Supply Waterworks Changes Name To Core & Main
  21. ^ – Trading Companies and Distributor: Company Overview of HD Supply Waterworks Group and HD Supply Waterworks and Certain Other Waterworks Business Assets
  22. ^ "Ply Gem Holdings, Inc. Enters into a Definitive Agreement to be Acquired by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice". Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  23. ^ "Orthodontics Startup SmileDirectClub Gets $3.2 Billion Valuation". Bloomberg.
  24. ^ Rice, Clayton, Dubilier. "Clayton, Dubilier & Rice to Acquire Majority Interest in American Greetings". Retrieved 2018-02-13.
  25. ^ "P.S. Buyout Firm Takes Major Stake in U.K. Restaurant Operator Despite Brexit Uncertainty". Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  26. ^ Winfrey, Graham (July 2019). "The 50 Best Private Equity Firms for Entrepreneurs". Inc. Inc. Retrieved December 16, 2019.
  27. ^ "KKR to sell Epicor Software in $4.7 billion deal, 4 years after buying the company". MarketWatch. August 31, 2020.
  28. ^ Missing or empty |title= (help)

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