GMS Inc. (“we,” “our,” “us,” or the “Company”) is a distributor of specialty building products including wallboard, suspended ceilings systems, or ceilings, steel framing and other complementary building products. We purchase products from a large number of manufacturers and then distribute these goods to a customer base consisting of wallboard and ceilings contractors and homebuilders and, to a lesser extent, general contractors and individuals. We operate a network of more than 250 distribution centers across the United States and Canada.
Since our founding in 1971, we have grown our business through a combination of strategic acquisitions, opening new branch locations (“greenfields”) and organic growth. On June 1, 2016, we completed our initial public offering (“IPO”) of our common stock. On February 28, 2017, June 7, 2017 and December 14, 2017, certain of our stockholders completed secondary public offerings of our common stock. Following the secondary offering of our common stock on June 7, 2017, the control group consisting of certain affiliates of AEA Investors LP (“AEA”) and certain other of our stockholders no longer controls a majority of the voting power of our outstanding common stock. Accordingly, we are no longer a “controlled company” within the meaning of the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) corporate governance standards.
On June 1, 2018, we acquired all of the outstanding equity interests of WSB Titan (“Titan”), a distributer of wallboard, lumber, insulation and other complementary commercial and residential building materials. Titan is Canada’s largest gypsum specialty distributer with 30 locations across five provinces in Canada. The stated purchase price was $627.0 million ($800.0 million Canadian dollars). As part of the consideration, certain members of existing Titan management converted $35.0 million of their ownership position in Titan into equity that is exchangeable for the Company’s stock. The transaction extended our leadership position in North America with additional scale and footprint, expanded our geographic coverage into the Canadian market and has created opportunities for product expansion in both the United States and Canada.