Lakeshore Recycling Systems is Created Through Merger

Lakeshore Waste Services and Recycling Systems have merged into Lakeshore Recycling Systems. Tensile Capital Management provided the equity financing and Comerica Bank provided the debt financing required for the transaction. Livingstone acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Lakeshore and RSI. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

PRESS RELEASE

Livingstone, the leading independent, international investment banking firm, is pleased to announce the merger of Lakeshore Waste Services, LLC (“Lakeshore”) and Recycling Systems, Inc. (“RSI”) into Lakeshore Recycling Systems LLC (“Lakeshore Recycling”, “LRS”, or the “Company”). Tensile Capital Management LLC (“Tensile”) provided the equity financing and Comerica Bank (“Comerica”) provided the debt financing required for the transaction. Livingstone acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Lakeshore and RSI. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

LRS, which has its primary operations in greater Chicagoland, will be a diversified waste services company providing commercial, residential, recycling and roll-off waste collection services to commercial and municipal customers. The Company also owns and operates the largest material recovery facility in Illinois, processing nearly one million tons of waste material annually. As the Company’s name suggests, Lakeshore Recycling will have a heavy emphasis on waste material management, including recycling, beneficial reuse and landfill diversion.

Josh Connell, CEO of Lakeshore said, “Tensile and Comerica are the ideal partners capable of providing not only the capital, but also the experience necessary to grow our business in the massive, rapidly-evolving Chicago waste industry. We are confident that our people and our assets, coupled with the expertise and capital from our new partners, will allow us to rapidly expand from our combined position as a top three independent in Chicagoland.”

“Livingstone provided expert guidance throughout the complicated merger transaction and facilitated a competitive marketing process to provide RSI and Lakeshore shareholders a variety of attractive financing alternatives to consummate the merger,” added Jerry Golf, RSI President. “RSI is pleased to be joining forces with Lakeshore.”

“The merger of Lakeshore and RSI creates a formidable player in the Chicago waste market,” commented Tensile Managing Partner Doug Dossey. “The Company’s recent success in the municipal markets, including a steadily growing relationship with the City of Chicago, bodes well for its long-term growth trajectory and creates an ongoing need for the type of flexible capital that Tensile can provide.”

Livingstone Partner Steve Miles added, “We are thrilled to have helped forge the relationship between Lakeshore and RSI and secure growth capital to accelerate LRS’ platform expansion. We believe the creation of LRS is illustrative of the types of transactions smaller independents in the waste management industry must pursue in the face of an increasingly consolidated and capital-intensive marketplace.”

The merger of Lakeshore and RSI follows other recent notable Livingstone transactions involving Chicago businesses including OAD Orthopaedics, Goose Island Beer Co., Trio Video, Genuine Scooters and ATI Physical Therapy.

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For more information contact:

Stephen Miles
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M: 312.961.3392
miles@livingstonepartners.com

Karl Freimuth
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M: 312.718.0800
freimuth@livingstonepartners.com

Tom Lesch
P: 312.670.5931
M: 847.702.4276
lesch@livingstonepartners.com