Clairvest to sell CRS to Ashtead’s Sunbelt Rentals for $275 mln

Canadian private equity firm Clairvest Group has agreed to sell CRS Contractors Rental Supply LP, a provider of construction equipment rental and related merchandise, for $275 million plus a potential earn-out. The buyer is Sunbelt Rentals, a North American business affiliated with Ashtead Group plc, a U.K. industrial equipment rental provider. Clairvest, which invested in Kitchener, Ontario-based CRS in 2013, said its proceeds from the sale are expected to be about $31.7 million, compared to a recent carrying value of $28.8 million. The deal is expected to close in the weeks ahead. Founded in 2000, CRS is led by President and CEO Brad Muter.


Clairvest Agrees to Sell CRS

TORONTO, July 19, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Clairvest Group Inc. (TSX:CVG) (“CVG”), together with Clairvest Equity Partners IV Limited Partnership (“CEP IV”, collectively “Clairvest”), announced today that the unitholders of CRS Contractors Rental Supply Limited Partnership (“CRS”) have entered into an agreement to sell CRS to Sunbelt Rentals (“Sunbelt”), the North American business of Ashtead Group plc. The transaction price is C$275 million plus a potential earn out. CRS is Sunbelt’s first acquisition in Eastern Canada. CVG’s proceeds on the sale of CRS are expected to be approximately C$31.7 million, compared to the carrying value of C$28.8 million as at March 31, 2017.

The proposed transaction is expected to close in the coming weeks after satisfaction of certain regulatory approvals. While all parties involved have a strong desire to complete the sale, there can be no guarantee that the transaction will be completed, or if it is completed, that it will close within the anticipated time period.

Catalyst Strategic Advisors, LLC is acting as the exclusive strategic and financial advisor to CRS and its Board of Directors in this transaction.

About Clairvest

Clairvest Group Inc. is a private equity management firm that invests its own capital, and that of third parties through the Clairvest Equity Partners limited partnerships, in businesses that have the potential to generate superior returns. In addition to providing financing, Clairvest contributes strategic expertise and execution ability to support the growth and development of its investee partners. Clairvest realizes value through investment returns and the eventual disposition of its investments.

Contact Information Maria Klyuev Director, Investor Relations and Marketing Clairvest Group Inc. Tel: (416) 925-9270 Fax: (416) 925-5753

Photo courtesy of CRS Contractors Rental Supply LP