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Office Depot To Spin Off Distribution Business Into Separate Company

 |  May 5, 2021

Office Depot on Wednesday, May 5, disclosed plans to spin off its commercial distribution business into a separate company, via a tax-tree transaction.

Why it matters: This may help clear the path for an acquisition of Office Depot by Staples, whose 1996 and 2015 takeover efforts were thwarted by antitrust regulators.

Staples, now owned by Sycamore Partners, made a third offer earlier this year that ODP rejected, but with the caveat that the board was open to future discussions.

Bottom line: “ODP said it would retain its retail consumer and small-business products and services, while separating its Business Solutions Division contract unit and independent regional office-supply distribution operations,” Bloomberg wrote.

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