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4 Reasons Why Staples-Office Depot Deal Could Get The Green Light

Rather than rejecting Staples’ offer to acquire Office Depot for $2.1 billion, Office Depot’s Jan. 19 response seems to open the door for the company to divest its CompuCom business, sell its retail and e-commerce business to Staples, and possibly become a stand-alone B2B business.

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Office Depot Sees Merit In Staples’ Bid

Office Depot Tuesday said in an open letter that it is willing to explore the possibility of Staples acquiring its retail business. The company also said it is open to selling its non-retail business separately to make the proposed acquisition work, and that it already is in the process of selling its CompuCom systems integration business. The sales of its two business services-oriented divisions, if they are consummated, would leave Office Depot a company focused on retail and e-commerce sales of office and business supplies.

That seems to be the right place for Office Depot to be for a fast acquisition of that retail business, which Staples last week said it values over an acquisition of all of Office Depot.

Staples’ week-old, $2.1 billion bid for Office Depot, and Office Depot’s Tuesday response, is anything but the kind of knock-down fight that often happens when two industry leaders start engaging in merger and acquisition movements. Indeed, the bid and response so far suggest that the two could fairly quickly come to a deal where Staples ends up with Office Depot’s retail and e-commerce business, CompuCom becomes acquired by a third party such as a private equity firm or another solution provider, and Office Depot’s Business Solutions Division gets acquired, gets spun out as an independent company, or even becomes the new Office Depot.

Here are four reasons why this potential deal could be a go.

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