QEP Agrees To Sell Australia/New Zealand Business


(MENAFN- GlobeNewsWire - Nasdaq) BOCA RATON, Fla., Feb. 13, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Q.E.P. CO., INC. (OTCQX: QEPC) (the“Company” or“QEP”) today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell substantially all of the assets of its operating subsidiaries in Australia and New Zealand (the“ANZ Business”) to QEP Australasia Pty. Ltd. led by Bruce Maclaren and Tony Lei, in a transaction valued at approximately AUD 14.05 million. The transaction is expected to close by the end of the Company's fiscal year on February 29, 2024, subject to certain closing conditions.

Bruce Maclaren has served as the Managing Director of QEP's ANZ Business for 20 years including a period of three years as CEO European Operations for QEP based in the UK. Tony Lei has also been involved with QEP for over 20 years as a valued supplier to the ANZ Business and QEP's other businesses around the world.

QEP's Board of Directors appointed a Special Committee of independent and disinterested directors, to consider this transaction for approval by the Board of Directors. Cassel Salpeter & Co. LLC, a third party investment banking firm, is serving as financial advisor to the Special Committee for the transaction.

About QEP

Founded in 1979, Q.E.P. Co., Inc. is a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of a broad range of best-in-class flooring installation solutions for commercial and home improvement projects worldwide. QEP offers a comprehensive line of specialty installation tools, adhesives, and underlayment. QEP sells its products throughout the world to home improvement retail centers, and professional specialty distribution outlets, under brand names including QEP®, LASH®, ROBERTS®, Capitol®, Premix-Marbletite® (PMM), Brutus®, Homelux®, PRCI®, and Tomecanic®.

QEP is headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida with offices in Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Please visit our website at .

Forward-Looking Statements

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CONTACT:
Q.E.P. Co., Inc.
Enos Brown
Executive Vice President and
Chief Financial Officer
561-994-5550


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