WL Ross Holding Corp has closed its previously announced buy of Texas-based chemicals and plastics distributor Nexeo Solutions Holdings LLC from TPG. As previously reported by Reuters, the value of the deal was $1.67 billion. Lazard served as M&A adviser to WLRH while Jefferies LLC was financial adviser to Nexeo Solutions and TPG, which will retain a minority stake in Nexeo. Also, Nexeo will begin trading June 10, 2016 on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbols “NXEO,” “NXEOU” and “NXEOW.”
NEW YORK and THE WOODLANDS, Texas, June 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — WL Ross Holding Corp. (NASDAQ: WLRH) announced today the completion of its acquisition of Nexeo Solutions Holdings, LLC (“Nexeo Solutions”). In connection with the closing, WLRH has changed its name to Nexeo Solutions, Inc. and expects to trade on The NASDAQ Capital Market under the ticker symbols NXEO, NXEOU, and NXEOW starting June 10, 2016.
“We are excited to have completed our acquisition of Nexeo Solutions,” said Wilbur L. Ross, Jr., Chairman of WLRH. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with the management team and TPG to realize Nexeo Solutions’ full potential as a world-class distribution platform and create significant value for our shareholders.”
“We are proud to bring Nexeo Solutions to the public market and accelerate our growth towards market leadership,” said David Bradley, President and CEO of Nexeo Solutions. “By expanding our ownership structure with Wilbur Ross, Jr. and team, we are diligently positioning the platform for continued growth for our customers, suppliers and shareholders.”
“Nexeo has transformed significantly over the past five years, and we look forward to a continued relationship with the company and our new partners at WL Ross & Co. as Nexeo enters the next phase of its growth and evolution,” said Christopher Yip of TPG.Nadim Qureshi, Managing Director of WL Ross & Co. LLC, added, “As a publicly traded company, we believe that Nexeo Solutions is ideally positioned to grow its market share and roll up the fragmented chemicals and plastics distribution space. We look forward to working with the management team and TPG to capitalize on these growth prospects.”
Lazard acted as sole M&A advisor, and Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., Credit Suisse and Bank of America Merrill Lynch acted as equity capital markets advisors to WLRH. Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP provided legal counsel to WLRH. Jefferies LLC was financial advisor to Nexeo Solutions and TPG, and Vinson & Elkins LLP acted as counsel to TPG and Nexeo Solutions.
WL Ross Holding Corp. was a Special Purpose Acquisition Company sponsored by WL Ross Sponsor LLC, an affiliate of WL Ross & Co. LLC, for the purpose of effecting a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses or assets. WL Ross Holding Corp. completed its initial public offering in June 2014, raising approximately $500 million in cash proceeds. WL Ross Holding Corp.’s officers and certain of its directors are affiliated with WL Ross & Co. LLC. Founded in 2000, WL Ross & Co. LLC is a global value oriented private equity firm which seeks niche opportunities in markets where it believes its knowledge, insight and experience offers an advantage in assessing and cultivating new investment opportunities.
About Nexeo Solutions
Nexeo Solutions is a large global chemical and plastics distributor with a centralized business model. With operations worldwide, Nexeo Solutions offers over 23,000 products used in a broad cross-section of industries, including chemicals manufacturing, oil and gas, paints and coatings, automotive, healthcare and personal care. Nexeo Solutions distributes these products in North America, EMEA, and Asia. The company provides broad logistics capabilities, in-depth market knowledge, dedicated technical expertise and Environmental Services. As a private company employing approximately 2,450 employees, Nexeo Solutions connects a network of over 1,300 suppliers with a diverse base of more than 27,500 customers. Learn more at www.nexeosolutions.com.
TPG is a leading global private investment firm founded in 1992 with over $70 billion of assets under management and offices in San Francisco, Fort Worth, Austin, Dallas, Houston, New York, Beijing, Hong Kong, London, Luxembourg, Melbourne, Moscow, Mumbai, São Paulo, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo. TPG’s investment platforms are across a wide range of asset classes including private equity, growth venture, real estate, credit and public equity. TPG aims to build dynamic products and options for its investors while also instituting discipline and operational excellence across the investment strategy and performance of their portfolio. Since the start of 2014, TPG has raised more than $18.6 billion for its investment funds and has launched six new products including Pace Holdings, TPG Real Estate Finance Trust (TRT) and TSL Europe. For more information visit www.tpg.com.