Montreal, QC — La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (la Caisse) announced that will provide growth capital in Metro Supply Chain Group.
Metro will use the proceeds from this transaction to execute its growth strategy, which targets acquisitions, developing new markets and additional international expansion.
Online sales have grown 80% over the last five years, and Metro is well positioned to benefit as the retail business model continues to adapt to the needs of e-commerce.
“We are pleased to continue and strengthen our relationship with Metro, a major Québec-based company specializing in customized supply chain logistics solutions, as logistics is a priority sector for the digital transformation of Québec’s companies,” said Mathieu Gauvin, Senior Vice-President, Québec, at la Caisse. “During 40 years, Metro has continued to modernize and adapt to the changes in consumer behavior. Today, the company is a leader in its industry, meeting the needs of both the traditional and digital sectors.”
“We’re very happy to be furthering this relationship with the la Caisse,” said Metro CEO, Chiko Nanji. “As a logistics company, we are continuously evolving to anticipate the current and future needs of the customer,” he explained. “Whether we’re developing new markets or transforming existing ones, this transaction with la Caisse offers Metro a tremendous level of agility to develop additional solutions that can really change the way our customers do business.”
Metro, which is headquartered in Montréal, moves over $20 billion in goods each year through its logistics centres located in North America and Europe.
CDPQ first invested in Metro last April, when the company had completed some strategic acquisitions in both its last mile and e-comm fulfilment solutions. At that time, Metro launched Metro To Home, a last-mile ‘white glove’ delivery solution for items requiring a two man delivery solution and its E24 last mile parcel solution giving consumers real choice in how, when and where they want their parcel deliveries.