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Watsco Completes Acquisition Of Carrier’s Canadian Distribution Business

Watsco, Inc. (NYSE:WSO) (Paris:WSO) today announced that it has completed the acquisition of 60% of Carrier’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) distribution network in Canada. Carrier Enterprise Canada will operate as a joint venture using its existing infrastructure under the direction of its present management team.

The distribution network had revenues of approximately $330 million in 2011, with 330 employees serving all of the provinces and territories in Canada from 35 locations. Products sold include a broad offering of Carrier, Bryant and Payne-brand residential, light-commercial and applied-commercial systems, along with related parts and supplies.

In connection with the transaction, Watsco paid cash of approximately $81 million and issued 1,250,000 of its common shares. The transaction is expected to be accretive in 2012. With the completion of this transaction, Watsco’s revenue run-rate is approximately $3.4 billion.

Albert Nahmad, Watsco’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented: “This represents a great opportunity to expand the Watsco network into one of the largest markets in the Americas. All of the important fundamentals of energy efficiency, conservation and environmental sensitivity are highly relevant in Canada and its economic affluence provides us confidence to invest and grow in this market. We welcome all of the members of the Carrier Enterprise team in Canada to the Watsco family.”

Watsco improves indoor living and working environments with air conditioning and heating solutions that provide comfort regardless of the outdoor climate. Our solutions also promote healthier indoor spaces by removing pollutants from the indoor air that can lead to asthma, allergies and reductions in productivity. Furthermore, since heating and cooling accounts for approximately 56% of the energy consumed in a typical United States home, we offer consumers the greatest opportunity to save money on energy by replacing existing air conditioning and heating systems with more energy efficient and environmentally friendly solutions.

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