Compass Group to buy Foam Fabricators for $247.5 mln

The Compass Group has agreed to acquire Scottsdale, Arizona-based Foam Fabricators, a maker of custom molded protective foam solutions and OEM components. The purchase price is $247.5 million.


WESTPORT, Conn., Jan. 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Compass Diversified Holdings (NYSE: CODI) (“CODI” or the “Company”), an owner of leading middle market businesses, announced that on January 18, 2018, it entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Foam Fabricators, Inc. (“Foam Fabricators”) from its owner Warren “Budd” Florkiewicz for a purchase price of $247.5 million (excluding working capital and certain other adjustments upon closing). The acquisition is expected to close within the next 45 days, subject to customary closing conditions. Wells Fargo Securities served as exclusive financial advisor to Foam Fabricators.

Headquartered in Scottsdale, AZ, Foam Fabricators is a leading designer and manufacturer of custom molded protective foam solutions and OEM components made from expanded polymers such as expanded polystyrene (EPS) and expanded polypropylene (EPP). Founded in 1957, the company operates 13 state-of-the-art molding and fabricating facilities across North America. Foam Fabricators provides products to a variety of end-markets, including appliances and electronics, pharmaceuticals, health and wellness, automotive, building products and others. For the trailing twelve months ended November 30, 2017, the company reported net revenue of approximately $126 million and EBITDA of approximately $30 million. CODI expects to fund the purchase price through a draw on its revolving credit facility.

“We are pleased to start the year with an attractive platform acquisition, growing our family of niche leading businesses to ten,” said Alan Offenberg, CEO of Compass Diversified Holdings. “This platform acquisition will be immediately accretive and will enable us to continue growing our cash flow and provide attractive and stable distributions.” Elias Sabo, CODI’s CEO-elect, stated, “Foam Fabricators possesses the key characteristics that we look for in all our subsidiaries: a strong management team; a diversified customer base; strong free cash flow; and attractive growth prospects. We look forward to working with them to capitalize on the growing demand in many of their end-markets.”

James K. Hughes, President of Foam Fabricators, will assume the role of Chief Executive Officer and continue leading the company. Mr. Hughes commented, “We are excited to partner with Compass Diversified Holdings as we enter the next phase of Foam Fabricators’ growth. CODI provides the financial stability and experience to allow us to continue to meet the needs of our customers, employees and stakeholders. We are eager to leverage CODI’s financial resources and proven expertise in growing middle market companies to build upon our 60-year history. I would also like to thank Budd Florkiewicz for his leadership of the company over the last three decades.”

Additional information on the acquisition will be available on the Company’s current report on Form 8-K that will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

About Compass Diversified Holdings (“CODI”)
CODI owns and manages a diverse family of established North American middle market businesses. Each of its current subsidiaries is a leader in its niche market.

CODI maintains controlling ownership interests in each of its subsidiaries in order to maximize its ability to impact long term cash flow generation and value. The Company provides both debt and equity capital for its subsidiaries, contributing to their financial and operating flexibility. CODI utilizes the cash flows generated by its subsidiaries to invest in the long-term growth of the Company and to make cash distributions to its shareholders.