RONA Inc.: Was Being Bought Out the Best Option?
RONA Inc. (RONA), a Canadian giant in home improvement retail, received an unsolicited offer of CA$1.76 billion from Lowe's Companies, Inc., (Lowe's) in 2012. Lowe's, a U.S. company, was already operating in the Canadian market through a subsidiary, and its goal in acquiring RONA was to rapidly upscale its operations. RONA's board of directors declined the offer. Lowe's came back in February 2016 with a second offer worth $3.2 billion. Negotiations followed, the deal was completed in March 2016, and RONA officially became part of Lowe's Canada in May 2016. One year later, the debate re-ignited. In October 2017, Lowe's Canada's president stated that he hoped to demonstrate within five years that this was the best option for RONA. Was it? Normand Turgeon is affiliated with HEC Montreal.