HOUSTON, TEXAS (May 31, 2012) – The Sterling Group, a middle market private equity firm based in Houston, Texas, today announced that they have finalized the sale of Roofing Supply Group, LLC (“RSG”) to funds managed by Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, LLC (“CD&R”). RSG is the fourth largest distributor of roofing supplies and related materials in the United States, with 59 locations in 24 states. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
RSG has grown significantly in recent years, driven by strategic and operational initiatives undertaken by The Sterling Group in partnership with management. Since Sterling acquired RSG from its founders in 2006, EBITDA increased by more than 50% despite a record decline in housing starts that has yet to rebound.
“The investment in RSG exemplifies Sterling’s investment philosophy and operational approach,” said Kevin Garland, a Partner at The Sterling Group. “For thirty years, Sterling has focused on partnering with management to drive strategic initiatives and grow businesses for all shareholders, regardless of market cycles. We have worked closely with management to make dramatic improvements to RSG’s procurement, sales, pricing and to expand the company’s network into strategic markets. The result has been what we believe to be outstanding financial performance in the face of difficult end market conditions.”
Mike Farrell, CEO of RSG, said, “RSG has always had an excellent culture and best in class customer service efforts, but it was the resources and partnership with the Sterling team that enabled us to achieve new levels of success with the business. We look forward to continued growth under our new ownership.”
RSG was a portfolio company of Sterling Group Partners II, a fund controlled by The Sterling Group, L.P.
About The Sterling Group, L.P.
Founded in 1982, The Sterling Group is a private equity investment firm that targets controlling interests in basic manufacturing, distribution and industrial services companies. Typical enterprise values of these companies range from $100 million to $500 million. Sterling has sponsored the buyout of 41 platform companies and numerous add-on acquisitions for a total transaction value of approximately $9.5 billion. Currently, Sterling has $1.2 billion of committed capital under management. Current portfolio companies include North American Energy Partners, CST Industries, Universal Fiber Systems, Velcon Filters, Express, B&G Crane Service, Saxco International, Stackpole International and Liqui-Box.
About Roofing Supply Group
Founded in 1981 and based in Dallas, TX, Roofing Supply Group is one of the largest wholesale distributors of roofing supplies and related materials in the United States. Through its network of 59 branches in 24 states, RSG provides one-step distribution services from roofing product manufacturers to roofing contractors and homebuilders. Each branch carries a complete line of roofing products for residential and commercial roofing, including composition asphalt shingles, underlayment, and associated ancillary products. For more information, please visit http://www.roofingsupplygroup.com.
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