Metcash acquires majority stake in retail tool network

By Emma Ryan|10 September 2020
Michael Ziegelaar

Herbert Smith Freehills has advised on an acquisition which saw Metcash nab 70 per cent of Australia’s largest retail tool network.

Firms: Herbert Smith Freehills (Total Tools); Undisclosed (Metcash)


Deal: Metcash has acquired 70 per cent of Total Tools.

Value: Undisclosed.


Area: M&A

Key players: The Herbert Smith Freehills team was led by partner Michael Ziegelaar and senior associate Sam Kings, who were assisted by senior associates Andrew Earle, Amanda Cowan and Amy Repse and solicitors Ling Zhu, Yael Boneh and Andrew Julian.

Deal significance: According to a statement provided by Herbert Smith Freehills, Total Tools operates Australia’s largest retail tool network with 81 stores across the country.

The business has been operating for over 30 years and targets professional tradespeople who need high-quality tools for commercial use. The retail network generated sales of approximately $555 million for the 12 months ended 31 December 2019, HSF said.

“We are delighted to work with Total Tools on this transaction, which is a fantastic outcome for Total Tools’ shareholders and a testament to the hard work and achievements of its management team, led by chief executive officer Paul Dumbrell and general counsel and company secretary David Lambert, as well as the Total Tools franchisees,” Mr Ziegelaar said.

Commenting further, Mr Kings added: “The transaction demonstrates the quality of the Total Tools business. We look forward to watching its continued success as part of Metcash.”

Metcash acquires majority stake in retail tool network
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