Oak Hill Sells Primus in $900M Deal

Oak Hill Capital Partners will sell Primus International to Precision Castparts Corp. for $900 Million, the firm announced. Bellevue, Washington-based Primus is a manufacturer of aerospace components. Oak Hill Capital bought the company in 2006. The deal is expected to close during the third quarter.

PRESS RELEASE
Oak Hill Capital Partners today announced that it has signed an agreement to sell Primus International (“Primus”), a global manufacturer of aerospace components, to Precision Castparts Corp. for $900 Million.

Headquartered in Bellevue, Washington, Primus is a leading supplier of highly engineered metallic and composite parts, kits and assemblies to the aerospace industry, serving many of the world’s most recognizable aerospace companies. With facilities in North America, Asia and Europe, Primus’ strong manufacturing capabilities enable it to grow its relationships with leading customers globally.

“Since our acquisition of Primus in 2006, we have worked closely with Jim Hoover, CEO of Primus, and the entire management team to grow the company into a premier aerospace supplier. By investing in new capabilities, technologies and a unique global manufacturing operation, we have successfully built Primus into a strategic supplier for the world’s best aerospace companies. We at Oak Hill Capital are pleased with the value we have built over the past five years to the significant benefit of the company, its customers, its employees and our investors,” said Michael J. Warren, a Principal of Oak Hill Capital.

Jim Hoover said, “We are very proud of everything we have achieved with Oak Hill Capital in the last five years. We successfully navigated a severe recession, completed three strategic acquisitions and added great talent to our management team.” Mr. Hoover continued, “Working closely with the Oak Hill Capital team, we expanded our manufacturing capabilities, implemented meaningful financial and operational changes, grew relationships with existing customers and won the confidence of new strategic customers. We have positioned Primus for significant future growth which we expect to build on under PCC’s ownership.”

The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2011.

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison acted as legal advisor to Oak Hill Capital.

About Oak Hill Capital Partners:
Oak Hill Capital Partners is a private equity firm with more than $8 billion of committed capital from leading entrepreneurs, endowments, foundations, corporations, pension funds and global financial institutions. Robert M. Bass is the lead investor. Over a period of more than 24 years, the professionals at Oak Hill Capital Partners and its predecessors have invested in more than 60 significant private equity transactions. Oak Hill Capital Partners is one of several Oak Hill partnerships, each of which has a dedicated and independent management team.