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2013 FIN – Hillman Completes Acquisition of H. Paulin & Co.

May 19
00:00 2014


February 19, 2013 FIN – The Hillman Companies Inc. completed its $104.5 million cash acquisition of H. Paulin & Co. Limited.
Hillman will pay CDN $27.60 per share to purchase the Canadian fastener manufacturer. The deal, involving 3,288,000 shares, represents a premium of approximately 116% to the 20-day volume weighted average price of Paulin shares, which closed at $13.20 on December 17 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
Paulin shares will cease to be listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange by the close of business on February 25, 2013.
Paulin president Richard Paulin will continue as president of H. Paulin, a division of Hillman Canada. He will work with the existing management teams of Paulin and Hillman to integrate the combined Canadian operations.
Barclays Bank PLC acted as financial advisor to Hillman in connection with the transaction and provided committed debt financing.  Stikeman Elliott LLP and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP acted as legal counsel to Hillman.  Goodmans LLP acted as legal counsel to Paulin.  Ernst & Young LLP acted as financial advisor and McCarthy Tétrault LLP acted as legal counsel to the special committee of the board of directors of Paulin.??Hillman began operating in Canada in 2002 when it opened a facility in Mississauga, Ontario.

Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, Paulin was founded in 1920 and manufactures and distributes fasteners, fluid system products, automotive parts and retail hardware components to retail hardware, industrial and automotive markets, both OEM and aftermarket. Annual revenues of Paulin for 2011 were approximately CDN $139 million (US$141.35m).
Paulin’s distribution facilities are located in Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal and Moncton, as well as in Flint, MI, and Cleveland, OH.  Paulin’s four manufacturing facilities are located in Ontario.
Divisions include Jeyco Machine Products, Precision Fasteners, Long-Lok Canada, Capital Metal Industries, Dominion Fittings, Paulin Industries and Pro-Tip.
Trademarks include Paulin, Papco, Easy-Spot, Work Savers, Loxxon, Pie-a-Pae, Uni-Bolt, Uni-Nut, Pro-Tip, Contractor Quality and Dominion. ??Paulin opened its first U.S. warehouse in 1993 when it began operating a facility in Cleveland to stock weld fasteners, square socket screws, cold formed nuts and standard fasteners manufactured by the parent company in Canada.

Founded as a fastener company in 1964, Cincinnati-based Hillman is a value-added distributor of over 80,000 SKUs, including fasteners, key duplication systems, engraved tags and related hardware items to over 20,000 retail customers in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, South America and Australia.??Hillman’s customer portfolio includes Ace Hardware, True Value, Lowe’s, Home Depot, Tractor Supply, Walmart, Menards and Do it Best Corp.
Hillman reported revenue in the third quarter of 2012 increased 7.7% to $148.2 million, while operating income fell 8.3% to $13.5 million. Third-quarter U.S. revenue grew 8% to $137.2 million, while segment income declined 10.5% to $13.6 million.
In May 2010 Hillman’s management team partnered with equity firm Oak Hill Capital Partners to acquire Hillman Cos. for $832.7 million.  ©2013    ©1981/2014 Fastener Industry News.For information on permission to reuse or reprint this article please e-mail:

2013 FIN ? Waters Succeeds Hillman as CEO

June 3, 2013 FIN – The Hillman Companies named executive vice president and COO James Waters to succeed Max “Mick” Hillman as CEO, effective July 1, 2013.  Waters also joins the Hillman board.
Hillman, who will retire as CEO after 44 years with the company, will retain a board seat.
Hillman grew his father’s hardware distributorship into an international value-added distributor serving multiple retail channels and product categories.

Waters joined Hillman in 1999 as CFO and was promoted to EVP/COO in 2011.
During his tenure as COO, Hillman made its largest acquisition to date, H. Paulin & Company, which provided the company with an excellent market presence in Canada.

Founded in 1964 Cincinnati-based Hillman distributes fasteners, key duplication systems, engraved tags and related hardware items to 20,000 retail customers in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, South America and Australia, including home improvement centers, mass merchants, national and regional hardware stores, pet supply stores and other retailers. Web:
In 2010, Oak Hill Capital Partners and Hillman’s management formed a partnership to acquire Hillman. Oak Hill is a private equity firm with more than $8 billion of initial capital commitments from leading entrepreneurs, endowments, foundations, corporations, pension funds and global financial institutions. Web: ©2013   ©2013/2014 Fastener Industry News.
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