Arsenal Capital Partners has closed its previously announced sale of Newnan, Georgia-based Elite Comfort Solutions Inc to Leggett & Platt for $1.25 billion. Elite Comfort provides specialized foam technology mainly for the bedding and furniture industries.
NEW YORK, January 16, 2019 – Arsenal Capital Partners (“Arsenal”), a leading private equity firm that invests in middle-market specialty industrials and healthcare services companies, today announced that it has completed the previously announced sale of Elite Comfort Solutions, Inc. (“ECS” or the “Company”), to Leggett & Platt (NSYE: LEG) for $1.25 billion. Leggett & Platt is the leading U.S. manufacturer of bedding components, adjustable beds, bedding industry machinery, automotive seat components, furniture components, flooring underlayment, and high-carbon drawn steel wire.
ECS is a leader in proprietary specialized foam technology primarily for the bedding and furniture industries. With 16 facilities across the U.S., ECS operates a vertically integrated model, producing specialty foam, developing many of the chemicals and additives used in foam production, and manufacturing private-label finished products. These innovative specialty foam products include finished mattresses sold through both traditional and online channels, mattress components, mattress toppers and pillows, and furniture foams.
John Televantos, a Senior Partner of Arsenal, said, “We are pleased with the sale of ECS to Leggett & Platt, a company that is committed to supporting the bedding industry for the long term. Leggett & Platt is the ideal home for the ECS business and its employees.” Tim Zappala, a Senior Partner of Arsenal, added, ”We see a significant opportunity for ECS to leverage Leggett & Platt’s reputation and infrastructure and drive continued growth in the bedding and furniture markets.”
”We thank the talented management team of ECS for executing on the vision to build the leading innovative company serving the bedding industry and offering solutions to help the industry grow,” said Roy Seroussi, an Investment Partner of Arsenal.
Chris Chrisafides, CEO of ECS, said, ”We are grateful to Arsenal for its strategic foresight in creating ECS and the Arsenal team’s significant experience in the polyurethanes sector. We look forward to continuing the company’s trajectory of innovation and growth under the Leggett & Platt organization.”
About Elite Comfort Solutions
Headquartered in Newnan, Georgia, Elite Comfort Solutions has a national network of 16 facilities throughout the U.S. With its broad and deep industry position, ECS is uniquely qualified to provide e-commerce, retail and OEM customers the most advanced technology solutions in polyurethane foam today. For more information, visit www.elitecomfortsolutions.com
About Arsenal Capital Partners
Established in 2000, Arsenal is a leading private equity firm that specializes in investments in middle-market specialty industrials and healthcare services companies. Since inception, Arsenal has raised institutional equity investment funds of approximately $3 billion. Arsenal invests in industry sectors in which the firm has significant prior knowledge and experience and seeks companies typically in the range of $100 – $500 million of initial enterprise value. The firm works with management teams to build strategically important companies with leading market positions, high growth, and high value-add. For more information, visit www.arsenalcapital.com.