O’Reilly Automotive expands into Canada with Groupe Del Vasto acquisition

CPE News

CPE News (12.18.2023) – O’Reilly Automotive, Inc. (NASDAQ: ORLY) has entered into a definitive stock purchase agreement with the shareholders of Groupe Del Vasto pursuant to which O’Reilly will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Groupe Del Vasto and its affiliated entities.

Financial terms were not disclosed. The stock purchase is expected to be completed in January 2024, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.

The acquisition represents O’Reilly’s entrance into the Canadian automotive aftermarket.

Founded by John Del Vasto, Groupe Del Vasto, operating through Vast-Auto Distribution, is a leader in the distribution and marketing of automotive parts for auto parts stores in Eastern Canada. As of December 18, 2023, Vast-Auto operated 23 company-owned stores across five Canadian provinces.

Vast-Auto’s management team, led by Mauro Cifelli, will continue to operate the business.

photo credit: Vast-Auto Distribution

News Release

O’Reilly Automotive, Inc. to Acquire Groupe Del Vasto, Headquartered in Montreal, Canada

This acquisition represents O’Reilly’s entrance into the Canadian automotive aftermarket
Groupe Del Vasto has successfully served the Canadian automotive aftermarket for more than 35 years

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Dec. 18, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — O’Reilly Automotive, Inc. (the “Company” or “O’Reilly”) (Nasdaq: ORLY), a leading retailer in the automotive aftermarket industry, announced that it has entered into a definitive stock purchase agreement with the shareholders of Groupe Del Vasto, headquartered in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, under which O’Reilly will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Groupe Del Vasto and its affiliated entities. The stock purchase is expected to be completed in January 2024, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals. Groupe Del Vasto operates as Vast-Auto Distribution (“Vast-Auto”).

“We are excited to announce our purchase agreement with Vast-Auto, a highly respected, family-owned and operated auto parts supplier in Canada,” said Greg Johnson, O’Reilly CEO. “From their beginning more than 35 years ago, Vast-Auto has built a very successful business by focusing on the same fundamental culture values of hard work and excellent customer service that have also been key to O’Reilly’s success. This strategic acquisition represents another important milestone in O’Reilly’s rich history, as we extend our footprint into Canada and continue our long track record of profitable growth throughout North America.”

Vast-Auto operates two distribution centers and six satellite warehouses that support a network of 23 company-owned stores, hundreds of strategic independent partners, as well as a widespread service reach that extends to thousands of other independent jobber and professional customers across Eastern Canada.

“Vast-Auto’s seasoned management team, led by Mauro Cifelli, will continue to operate the business,” said Brad Beckham, O’Reilly Co-President. “Partnering with the experienced O’Reilly leadership, we will continue to grow the successful and profitable organization they’ve established. We cannot wait to welcome the more than 500 Vast-Auto team members to the O’Reilly family and look forward to working together as we build upon Vast-Auto’s strong and rich history in the Canadian automotive aftermarket, as our two amazing teams come together as one.”

Vast-Auto leadership is equally excited about the acquisition. “This is a significant milestone and fantastic opportunity for Vast-Auto and will be a catalyst to accelerate our expansion throughout Canada,” said Mauro Cifelli, Vast-Auto’s president and CEO. “Our company has always been committed to a strong culture, hard work, and exceptional customer service and these values align perfectly with O’Reilly’s culture. We recognize the unique contributions that each company brings to the table and are excited to become a part of the O’Reilly family.”

John Del Vasto, founder and chairman of Groupe Del Vasto, began his career as a mechanic and then owner of a service station and an auto parts store. “Our number one priority was finding the right long-term partner to safeguard the legacy of Vast-Auto,” he said. “O’Reilly has a very similar heritage to our company, and we know that our entire team will thrive under the ownership of O’Reilly far into the future we build together.”

About O’Reilly Automotive, Inc.

O’Reilly Automotive, Inc. was founded in 1957 by the O’Reilly family and is one of the largest specialty retailers of automotive aftermarket parts, tools, supplies, equipment and accessories in the United States, serving both the do-it-yourself and professional service provider markets. Visit the Company’s website at www.OReillyAuto.com for additional information about O’Reilly, including access to online shopping and current promotions, store locations, hours and services, employment opportunities and other programs. As of September 30, 2023, the Company operated 6,111 stores across 48 U.S. states, Puerto Rico, and Mexico.

About Vast-Auto Distribution

Vast-Auto Distribution was founded in 1986 by John Del Vasto and is a leader in the distribution and marketing of automotive parts for auto parts stores in Eastern Canada. Vast-Auto offers its customers a complete business solution, including a wide range of quality parts, innovative marketing programs as well as training and business management systems. As of December 18, 2023, Vast-Auto operated 23 company-owned stores across five Canadian provinces.

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