Blue Point Capital-backed GESCO acquires Savoia Canada

GESCO Holdings, a portfolio company of U.S. private equity firm Blue Point Capital Partners, has acquired Savoia Canada Inc, a Toronto distributor of ceramic, porcelain and stone surfaces for floor and wall applications. No financial terms were released for the add-on deal, GESCO’s second since it was bought by Blue Point in 2013. Founded over 50 years ago, Savoia is the domestic distribution arm of GranitiFiandre-Stonepeak. Its acquisition by GESCO, a Brampton, Ontario flooring and multi-surface distribution company, will strengthen the latter’s presence in the ceramic distribution market and enhance its offerings, Blue Point’s Jon Pressnell said.

PRESS RELEASE

Blue Point and GESCO Acquire Savoia Canada, Distributor of Ceramic, Porcelain and Stone

CLEVELAND, March 07, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Blue Point Capital Partners and its BPCP II platform investment, GESCO Holdings, announced today the acquisition of Savoia Canada Inc., a leading Canadian distributor of ceramic, porcelain and stone surfaces for floor and wall applications. This transaction represents the second add-on acquisition for GESCO since Blue Point acquired the platform investment in March 2013.

Founded over 50 years ago by Graniti Fiandre S.P.A. of Italy, a world-renowned manufacturer of marble, granite, stone and porcelain surface products, Savoia (www.savoia.com) develops unique, innovative materials for commercial and residential applications. Savoia represents leading brands such as Fiandre, Iris U.S., PorcelainGres, Iris Ceramica and Ariostea. Customers and end users include global companies such as Ford, BMW, McDonalds, Nike, Burger King and Starbucks, among others.

Jon Pressnell, a Principal at Blue Point, said, “The acquisition of Savoia further strengthens GESCO’s presence in the attractive ceramic distribution marketplace, and enhances our offerings to commercial, architectural and design customers.”

“Graniti Fiandre takes great comfort knowing that Savoia’s customers will benefit from GESCO’s President, who is widely respected in the marketplace for his exceptional business capabilities and having the resources to fuel growth,” said Federica Minozzi, President of Graniti Fiandre. “In addition, we are thrilled that Savoia’s associates are joining a team known for its inclusive and supportive culture, and lastly, that the Savoia brand will continue as a separate entity under GESCO, allowing it to flourish and develop to its true potential.”

Ed duDomaine, President and CEO of GESCO, adds, “We are very pleased with the acquisition of Savoia Canada and to have built such a strong working relationship with Graniti Finadre. We greatly value Savoia’s corporate name, its many established brands, loyal customers and experienced associates.”

The acquisition of Savoia Canada adds the third entity under the GESCO Group of Companies, alongside Shnier and Tierra Sol. “This move is highly strategic for GESCO, further supporting our efforts to become an even more significant player within the Canadian floor covering marketplace, especially ceramics,” said Chip Chaikin, a Partner with Blue Point.

GESCO Holdings (www.gesco.ca), founded nearly 80 years ago, is Canada’s leading national flooring and multi-surface distribution company. The Company designs, merchandises, markets, sells and distributes various leading licensed and proprietary private label brands to thousands of customers within multiple distribution channels. Products are sourced from over 100 suppliers throughout fourteen countries across the globe. GESCO’s numerous warehouse, office and showroom facilities are strategically located across Canada and throughout the northwestern United States.

Blue Point Capital Partners (www.bluepointcapital.com) is a private equity firm managing over $825 million in committed capital. With offices in Cleveland, Charlotte, Seattle and Shanghai, Blue Point’s geographical footprint allows it to establish relationships with local and regional entrepreneurs and advisors, while providing the resources of an international firm. The Blue Point group has a 26-year track record of partnering with companies in the lower middle-market to facilitate growth and transformative change. It is one of only a few middle market private equity firms with a presence in both the United States and China, which provides a distinct advantage for its portfolio companies. Blue Point typically invests in manufacturing, distribution and service businesses generating between $20 million and $300 million in revenue.

For more information, contact:

BLUE POINT CAPITAL PARTNERS
Chip Chaikin
Partner
Blue Point Capital Partners, LLC
127 Public Square, Suite 5100
Cleveland, OH 44114
(216) 535-4706
cchaikin@bluepointcapital.com

GESCO HOLDINGS
Ed duDomaine
President and CEO
GESCO
50 Kenview Boulevard
Brampton, ON L6T 5S8
Canada
(905) 789-3701

Photo courtesy of Savoia Canada Inc