LASALLE, QC, Oct. 16, 2023 /CNW/ – GDI Integrated Facility Services Inc. (TSX: GDI) (the “Company” or “GDI“) is pleased to announce that it has agreed to enter into a memorandum of understanding (“MOU“) with La Financière Atalian (“Atalian“) to cooperate in the pursuit and provision of integrated commercial facility maintenance services for international client opportunities in their respective geographies, Atalian operating in Europe and GDI in North America. Along with the MOU, GDI’s U.S. subsidiary GDI Services Inc. has signed a Purchase Agreement for the acquisition of Atalian’s facility services business located in the United States (“Atalian USA“).
Atalian is a leading integrated commercial facility services provider headquartered in France with operations in over 20 countries. Atalian generated €2.1 billion in revenue in F2022 and currently counts over 70,000 employees servicing more than 21,000 clients. Atalian USA was established through four acquisitions between 2017 and 2019 and currently has over 2,500 employees with operations concentrated in the US Northeast, Midwest and Mid-Atlantic.
“We are extremely excited to establish this global collaboration agreement with Atalian,” stated Claude Bigras, President and CEO of GDI. “Atalian is a leader in the integrated commercial facility services sector and has an extensive footprint in Europe. This MOU brings together the strength of two leading integrated commercial facility services companies that have transatlantic capabilities to pursue and service clients with international real estate portfolios. Atalian USA will join GDI which will solidify GDI’s Business Services platform in the United States while also enabling us to enter into new geographies like New York City, Ohio and Missouri.”
“We are very excited about the opportunity to cooperate with GDI and we are looking forward to bringing value to our clients though our partnership,” stated Maximilien Pellegrini, CEO of Atalian. “We have known the principals of GDI for many years and feel that they will be a strong partner for Atalian in North America. We look forward to working on new opportunities together.”
Closing of the acquisition, which will be financed by GDI’s existing credit facilities, is expected to take place on October 31, 2023, and is subject to customary closing conditions.
GDI is a leading integrated commercial facility services provider which offers a range of services in Canada and the United States to owners and managers of a variety of facility types including office buildings, educational facilities, distribution centers, industrial facilities, healthcare establishments, stadiums and event venues, hotels, shopping centres, airports and other transportation facilities. GDI’s commercial facility services capabilities include commercial janitorial and building maintenance, energy advisory and system optimization, the installation, maintenance and repair of HVAC-R, mechanical, electrical and building automation systems, as well as other complementary services such as janitorial products manufacturing and distribution. GDI’s subordinate voting shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: GDI). Additional information on GDI can be found on its website at www.gdi.com.
Atalian is one of the world’s largest independent integrated services providers in facility management. With a turnover of 2 billion euros (2022), more than 70,000 employees in 20 countries across, and more than 21,000 clients in the public and private sectors, Atalian offers cleaning, security, and technical services as well as energy management, compliance, catering and front of house.
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