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TriMas to sell its Lamons business to First Reserve

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TriMas has announced that TriMas Company, LLC has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Lamons business to First Reserve, a private equity firm focused on energy investing, for US$135 million in cash, subject to customary working capital and purchase price adjustments.

“A key part of TriMas’ overarching strategy is to reposition our portfolio of businesses by investing in innovation and programmatic M&A to accelerate long-term growth, predominantly in our Packaging and Aerospace segments”, said Thomas Amato, President and CEO of TriMas. “Our Lamons management team has completed a remarkable turnaround over the past few years, streamlining its manufacturing and distribution footprint, and improving operational throughput, which in turn, has resulted in higher sales and operating performance. As Lamons moves into the next phase of growth and development, we believe this business will benefit from First Reserve’s focus and expertise in energy-related end markets. I am pleased that we have secured a buyer for which Lamons will be an ideal fit.”

Lamons is a leading provider of industrial sealing and fastener solutions used in mission-critical, high-consequence applications in the petrochemical, petroleum refining, midstream energy transportation, upstream oil and gas, metropolitan water and wastewater management end markets. Lamons, currently part of TriMas’ Specialty Products segment, generated approximately US$186 million in net sales for the 12 months ended 30 September 2019. TriMas will report Lamons’ results of operations as discontinued operations beginning in the 4Q19.

Gary Reaves and Neil Wizel, Managing Directors at First Reserve, commented, “First Reserve’s investment in Lamons represents a compelling opportunity to draw on our experience in both executing corporate carve-out transactions and in acquiring energy-related industrial equipment and services companies. We believe Lamons is well-positioned to benefit from favourable long-term macro and secular trends, particularly an increasing industry focus on environmental, social and governance principles and preventative maintenance spending. We are excited to partner with Lamons’ management to grow the business and to deliver its sealing solutions to a diversified set of energy and industrial end markets.”

The closing is expected to occur by the end of the 1Q20, and remains subject to customary regulatory approvals and closing conditions. BofA Securities is serving as financial advisor and has led the sale process, while Jones Day is serving as outside legal counsel for TriMas. Current Capital is serving as financial advisor to First Reserve and Vinson & Elkins is serving as its outside legal counsel. TriMas will discuss additional details related to this transaction on its 3Q19 earnings conference call today, 4 November 2019.

“We would like to thank the Lamons team for its contributions to TriMas and its leadership throughout the sale process. We are extremely proud of the great work our broader team has done to strengthen and improve its brand, and we remain committed to delivering the highest level of service to Lamons’ customers during this transition”, concluded Amato.

Read the article online at: https://www.hydrocarbonengineering.com/petrochemicals/05112019/trimas-to-sell-its-lamons-business-to-first-reserve/

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