Genstar To Exit Woods Equipment After 7 Years

Genstar Capital said Wednesday that it is selling Woods Equipment Co. to Blount International. The deal is valued at about $185 million. Oregon, Ill.-based Woods Equipment  makes attachments for agricultural and construction applications and distributes tractor parts. Genstar, a San Francisco PE firm, acquired Woods Equipment in June 2004.

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Genstar Capital, LLC, a middle market private equity firm that focuses on investments in selected segments of the life sciences, healthcare, financial services, software, and industrial technology industries, today announced the signing of a definitive agreement with Blount International, Inc. (NYSE: BLT) to sell its portfolio company Woods Equipment Company, a leading manufacturer of attachments for agricultural and construction applications and the largest independent distributor of tractor parts.  The transaction is valued at approximately $185 million.

Woods Equipment Company, headquartered in Oregon, IL, is a leading full-line manufacturer of high-quality attachments and implements, as well as a leading distributor of aftermarket parts.  The company serves the agriculture, grounds care, and construction industries, as well as providing after market parts. Woods serves a dealer network of agricultural, landscape, and construction professionals with products marketed under the brand names Woods®, Alitec®, Central Fabricators®, Gannon®, Wain-Roy®, WoodsCare™, and TISCO®.

Rob S. Rutledge, a Genstar Vice President who heads the firm’s Industrial Technology vertical, said, “The sale of Woods is a good example of how Genstar applies its differentiated strategy in the middle market to effectuate change and build industry-leading businesses. Working with the Woods’ management team and our operating executives, Michael Hurt and Ed Carpenter, the company implemented strategic initiatives such as product re-engineering, distribution expansion and key management additions and promotions to drive growth and improve its market position. Woods is now very well positioned for continued success as a key part of Blount.”

Bill Marcum, CEO of Woods, said, “Because of the support and commitment of our partners at Genstar we were able to focus on our business and commit new capital to projects that will enable us to offer innovative technology innovations that will make Woods even stronger going forward.  We thank Genstar for their support and partnership.”

The transaction is subject to the expiration or termination of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Act waiting period and is expected to close in the third quarter.

About Genstar Capital, LLC
Genstar Capital (www.gencap.com) is a leading private equity firm that has been actively investing in high quality companies for more than 20 years. Based in San Francisco, Genstar works in partnership with its management teams and its network of operating executives and strategic advisors to transform its portfolio companies into industry-leading businesses. Genstar has more than US$3 billion of committed capital under management and targets investments focused on selected sectors within the life science, healthcare services, software and software services, financial services, and industrial technology industries.