Investing behind infrastructure: Clearlake’s Janus unveils $1.9bn SPAC merger, Sun Capital-spinout Lincoln Road Global Management launches Landmark Paving

Clearlake-backed Janus International agrees to merge with Juniper Industrial Holdings and Sun Capital spinout Lincoln Road forms Landmark Paving.


Santa Monica’s Clearlake Capital is joining the flurry of private equity firms taking their portfolio companies public through the SPAC route.

Janus International, a manufacturer of building products and provider of solutions for the self-storage and industrial sectors, has agreed to merge with Juniper Industrial Holdings. Janus will be listed on the NYSE upon closing of the transaction, following which Clearlake – almost three years into its investment – will remain the largest shareholder.

Janus seems a logical pick for Juniper Industrial Holdings, a SPAC founded by experienced dealmakers and veterans of the industrials sector. Founders Roger Fradin and Brian Cook are the former CEO and global Head of M&A at Honeywell, respectively.

At closing, the SPAC merger is set to assign Janus a pro forma implied enterprise value of approximately $1.9 billion, or 11.9 times calendar year 2021 estimated adjusted EBITDA.

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Elsewhere, Sun Capital Partners spinout Lincoln Road Global Management has formed what marks the emerging manager’s second platform investment to date, finding opportunity to support the smaller-scale parking and infrastructure needs of major big-box retailers and other commercial businesses.

“[Landmark] is not focused on the larger infrastructure projects – it’s the parking lots and the local municipal jobs like school zones and the like,” said Lincoln Road managing partner Jeff Magny, who founded the Miami PE firm in 2015 after about nine years at Sun Capital. “The larger players don’t dip into our sandbox, so it allows for us to maintain our competitive standing.”

Lincoln Road’s investment in Republic Fire Protection, its inaugural platform, was made in July 2018.

“Similar to [Republic Fire Protection] being an early first mover, we saw a similar opportunity in the parking lot maintenance space,” Magny said. “There really isn’t any defined platform in the Southeast and the industry is ripe for consolidation with many mom-and-pops.”

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