Reliance Steel & Aluminum to Acquire Merfish United
Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Merfish United, a leading master distributor of tubular building products in the United States, from One Equity Partners, a middle market private equity firm. Headquartered in Ipswich, Massachusetts, Merfish United serves 47 US states through its twelve strategically located distribution centers. Merfish United’s broad product offering includes full lines of steel pipe, copper tubing, plastic pipe, electrical conduit and related products for the commercial, residential, municipal and industrial building markets. The Company’s strong customer relationships, which are structured through national accounts, buying groups and independent wholesale distribution customers, support the plumbing and heating; pipe, valve and fittings; heating, ventilation and air conditioning; waterworks; fire protection; pool supply; lumber yard; fence; steel service center and electrical supply markets. A proprietary fleet of approximately 65 trucks provides Merfish United with competitive advantages, including timely deliveries to meet its customers’ needs. For the twelve months ended June 30, 2021, Merfish United’s net sales were approximately USD 500 million.
The acquisition of Merfish United supports Reliance’s customer, product and geographical diversification strategy and significantly increases its exposure to copper and plastic products. In addition, Merfish United will help position Reliance in the adjacent industrial distribution space and create a platform for further growth in this area, both organically and through future acquisitions.
The transaction is expected to close within the next 60 days, subject to regulatory approval and customary closing conditions. The current Merfish United team, including management, is expected to remain in place post-closing. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.