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Compass Diversified Holdings Closes Acquisition of Clean Earth Holdings, Inc.

WESTPORT, Conn., Aug. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Compass Diversified Holdings (NYSE: CODI) ("CODI," "we," "our" or the "Company"), an owner of leading middle market businesses, announced the closing of the acquisition of Clean Earth Holdings, Inc. ("Clean Earth"), pursuant to an agreement it entered into on August 7, 2014.

The acquisition, which was completed for a purchase price of $253 million and funded through available cash on its balance sheet and a draw of $95 million on its revolving credit facility, is expected to provide approximately twenty-eight to thirty-two cents per share of cash flow accretion to CODI on a full year basis.

The purchase price for Clean Earth was based on a total enterprise value of $243 million and included $9.9 million of cash and working capital adjustments. Acquisition related costs were approximately $1.9 million. CODI's initial common equity ownership in Clean Earth as a result of this transaction is approximately 98% on a primary basis.  In addition to its equity investment in Clean Earth, CODI provided loans totaling $146.3 million to Clean Earth as part of the transaction.  Clean Earth's management invested alongside CODI and owns the remaining 2%.

Headquartered in Hatboro, Pennsylvania, Clean Earth provides environmental services for a variety of contaminated materials including soils, dredged material, hazardous waste and drill cuttings. The company analyzes, treats, documents and recycles waste streams generated in multiple end-markets such as power, construction, oil and gas, infrastructure, industrial and dredging. Treatment includes thermal desorption, dredged material stabilization, bioremediation, physical treatment/screening and chemical fixation. Before the company accepts contaminated materials, it identifies a third party "beneficial reuse" site such as commercial redevelopment or landfill capping where the materials will be sent after they are treated. In 2013, Clean Earth managed and treated 3.4 million tons of material, of which 98% was beneficially reused. The company holds the largest market share in the contaminated materials and dredged material management market and operates 12 permitted facilities in the Eastern U.S. For the year ended December 31, 2013, Clean Earth reported revenue of approximately $155.9 million.

Additional information on the acquisition will be available on the Company's current report on Form 8-K that will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission shortly.

About Compass Diversified Holdings ("CODI")
CODI owns and manages a diverse family of established North American middle market businesses. Each of its current subsidiaries is a leader in its niche market.

CODI maintains controlling ownership interests in each of its subsidiaries in order to maximize its ability to impact long term cash flow generation and value. The Company provides both debt and equity capital for its subsidiaries, contributing to their financial and operating flexibility. CODI utilizes the cash flows generated by its subsidiaries to invest in the long-term growth of the Company and to make cash distributions to its shareholders.

Our eight majority-owned subsidiaries are engaged in the following lines of business:

  • The manufacture of quick-turn, prototype and production rigid printed circuit boards (Advanced Circuits,;
  • The design and manufacture of promotionally priced upholstered furniture (American Furniture Manufacturing,;
  • The design and manufacture of medical therapeutic support surfaces and other wound treatment devices (Anodyne Medical Device, also doing business and known as Tridien Medical,;
  • The manufacture of engineered magnetic solutions for a wide range of specialty applications and end-markets (Arnold Magnetic Technologies,;
  • The design and manufacture of personal hydration products for outdoor, recreation and military use (CamelBak Products,;
  • Environmental services for a variety of contaminated materials including soils, dredged material, hazardous waste and drill cuttings (Clean Earth,;
  • The design and marketing of wearable baby carriers, strollers and related products (Ergobaby,; and
  • The design and manufacture of premium home and gun safes (Liberty Safe,

In addition, we own approximately 41% of the common stock of Fox Factory Holding Corp. ("FOX", Nasdaq: FOXF), a former subsidiary business that completed its initial public offering in August 2013. FOX,, designs and manufactures high-performance suspension products primarily for mountain bikes, side-by-side vehicles, on-road and off-road vehicles and trucks, all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles, specialty vehicles and applications, and motorcycles.

To find out more about Compass Diversified Holdings, please visit

This press release may contain certain forward-looking statements, including statements with regard to the future performance of the Company. Words such as "believes," "expects," "projects," and "future" or similar expressions, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to the inherent uncertainties in predicting future results and conditions. Certain factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in these forward-looking statements, and some of these factors are enumerated in the risk factor discussion in the Form 10-K filed by CODI with the Securities and Exchange Commission for the year ended December 31, 2013 and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. CODI undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

SOURCE Compass Diversified Holdings

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