Description of Transaction
Sequeira Partners was engaged by WD Co-Auto to assist with the divestiture of its Paint and Body Division. The Sequeira team provided advisory assistance throughout the transaction including initial valuation analysis, approaching a targeted list of qualified purchasers, managing pricing discussions, due diligence, and negotiation of transaction terms.
The sale of the Paint and Body Division to Color Compass allows WD Co-Auto to focus on its other divisions, while providing its members with best-in-class service, paint product selection, and business resources through Color Compass’ extended paint and body network.
WD Co-Auto was established in Alberta in 1980 to operate as the buying group for new car dealerships in Western Canada. Initially set up to purchase consumables such as paper products and shop supplies, after the sale of the Paint and Body Division, the Company operates five divisions servicing new car dealerships with most products and services that they do not purchase from their vehicle manufacturers. Prior to the sale, the Paint and Body Division sold paint and sundries to both WD Co-Auto’s member dealerships and independent body shops across Western Canada.
Color Compass Corporation
Color Compass Corporation was founded in 1984 as a private automotive distribution group. Currently specializing in the supply of collision repair products and industry specific collision repair training in Western Canada, the companies that comprise the Color Compass Corporation include Carlson Body Shop Supply, Chase Auto Body Supplies, Rocky Mountain Sales, White & Peters, and PBE Distributors. Color Compass is a member of the WESCO Group of Companies. The combined WESCO group is now one of the largest privately-held Paint Body Equipment distributors in North America, with more than 70 stores, 12 distribution centers, and 9 equipment divisions in the Western U.S. and most of Canada.