CDPQ ups investment in Metro Supply Chain Group

CPE Media News (1/16/2019) – Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) will invest additional capital in Metro Supply Chain Group (METRO), a North American leader in customized logistics services and supply chain solutions. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

CDPQ first invested in METRO in April 2018 and is a significant minority shareholder in a holding company that controls Metro Supply Chain Group.

METRO will use the proceeds from this transaction to execute its growth strategy, which targets acquisitions, developing new markets and additional international expansion.

Montreal based METRO is controlled by Nanji family.

photo credit: Metro Supply Chain Group

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La Caisse expands its investment in Metro Supply Chain Group

PRIVATE EQUITY
MONTRÉAL, JANUARY 16, 2019

La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (la Caisse) announced that will provide growth capital in Metro Supply Chain Group (METRO), a North American leader in customized logistics services and supply chain solutions. The terms of the transation were not disclosed.

METRO will use the proceeds from this transaction to execute its growth strategy, which targets acquisitions, developing new markets and additional international expansion.

Online sales have grown 80% over the last five years, and METRO is well positioned to benefit as the retail business model continues to adapt to the needs of e-commerce.

“ We are pleased to continue and strengthen our relationship with METRO, a major Québec-based company specializing in customized supply chain logistics solutions, as logistics is a priority sector for the digital transformation of Québec’s companies,” said Mathieu Gauvin, Senior Vice-President, Québec, at la Caisse. “During 40 years, METRO has continued to modernize and adapt to the changes in consumer behavior. Today, the company is a leader in its industry, meeting the needs of both the traditional and digital sectors.”

“We’re very happy to be furthering this relationship with the la Caisse,” said Metro CEO, Chiko Nanji. “As a logistics company, we are continuously evolving to anticipate the current and future needs of the customer,” he explained. “Whether we’re developing new markets or transforming existing ones, this transaction with la Caisse offers Metro a tremendous level of agility to develop additional solutions that can really change the way our customers do business.”

METRO, which is headquartered in Montréal, moves over $20 billion in goods each year through its logistics centres located in North America and Europe.

CDPQ first invested in METRO last April, when the company had completed some strategic acquisitions in both its last mile and e-comm fulfilment solutions. At that time, Metro launched Metro To Home, a last-mile ‘white glove’ delivery solution for items requiring a two man delivery solution and its E24 last mile parcel solution giving consumers real choice in how, when and where they want their parcel deliveries.

ABOUT METRO SUPPLY CHAIN GROUP
Metro Supply Chain Group is a Canadian-owned leading provider of third-party logistics (3PL) services across North America and Europe with more than 6,000 associates on the team. It supplies customized services to all industries with a significant presence in the consumer-packaged goods, retail, automotive, fashion and e-commerce sectors. The Group manages over 12 million sq. ft. of strategically located warehousing and co-pack centres and has transportation solutions that include managed transport services, dedicated fleet management and global time critical logistics response. For more information, visit www.metroscg.com.

ABOUT CAISSE DE DÉPÔT ET PLACEMENT DU QUÉBEC
Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) is a long-term institutional investor that manages funds primarily for public and parapublic pension and insurance plans. As at June 30, 2018, it held CAD308.3 billion in net assets. As one of Canada’s leading institutional fund managers, CDPQ invests globally in major financial markets, private equity, infrastructure, real estate and private debt. For more information, visit cdpq.com, follow us on Twitter @LaCDPQ or consult our Facebook or LinkedIn pages.

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