The Motley Fool

Bunnings just made an acquisition, is the Wesfarmers share price a buy?

Bunnings has just made an acquisition, does that make the Wesfarmers Ltd (ASX: WES) share price a buy?

According to reporting by the Australian Financial Review, Australia’s leading hardware business has taken over Adelaide Tools as a way to expand in the specialist tool sector.

Adelaide Tools has five retail stores in Adelaide and also runs Oaklands Mower Centre. Some of the things it sells are things like drills, circular saws, orbital sanders and air compressors.

Bunnings wants to service more of the tradesman market. The AFR quoted Bunnings managing director Mike Schneider “The business will continue to operate as Adelaide Tools and will give Bunnings insight into the dynamics of the trade specialist market”.

This acquisition clearly isn’t material to Wesfarmers or even to Bunnings. But it could be a sign of things to come. It may mean more of Bunnings is dedicated to service trades people or there could be other tools-based acquisitions to come from Bunnings.  

Bunnings is already an excellent business, it might be one of the very best retail businesses in the whole of Australia. It makes a lot of sense to go into specialist tools because there are clear existing synergies with the rest of Bunnings’ offering.

Foolish takeaway

Wesfarmers is trading at 23x FY20’s estimated earnings with a projected forward grossed-up dividend yield of 5.3%. Wesfarmers is one of my preferred blue chips, but I think there are even better options for long-term dividends.

NEW. The Motley Fool AU Releases Five Cheap and Good Stocks to Buy for 2020 and beyond!….

Our experts here at The Motley Fool Australia have just released a fantastic report, detailing 5 dirt cheap shares that you can buy in 2020.

One stock is an Australian internet darling with a rock solid reputation and an exciting new business line that promises years (or even decades) of growth… while trading at an ultra-low price…

Another is a diversified conglomerate trading over 40% off its high, all while offering a fully franked dividend yield over 3%...

Plus 3 more cheap bets that could position you to profit over the next 12 months!

See for yourself now. Simply click here or the link below to scoop up your FREE copy and discover all 5 shares. But you will want to hurry – this free report is available for a brief time only.

CLICK HERE FOR YOUR FREE REPORT!

Motley Fool contributor Tristan Harrison has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool Australia owns shares of and has recommended Wesfarmers Limited. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Scott Phillips.