Rhône Capital Completes UTEX Buy

Rhône Capital has completed its acquisition of UTEX Industries Inc., buying the company from Audax Group. Houston-based UTEX is a designer and manufacturer of specialty sealing solutions for oil and gas drilling. Audax acquired UTEX in May 2007. Financial terms of the deal were not released.

Audax Group (“Audax”) announced it has completed the sale of UTEX Industries, Inc. (“UTEX”) to Rhône Capital. Based in Houston, Texas, UTEX is a leading designer and manufacturer of highly engineered specialty sealing solutions and downhole consumables used for oil and gas drilling, completion and production, in addition to water management and mining. Audax, together with management, acquired UTEX in
May 2007 and executed a growth strategy focused on operational improvements, new product introductions, and the successful sourcing and integration of CAM Specialty Products and DuraQuest, which broadened UTEX’ product lines and customer base.

Geoffrey S. Rehnert, Co-CEO of Audax Group, said “Mike Balas and his management team did a terrific job working with us to build the company. We drove above-market revenue growth by entry into new end markets and product launches, and expanded margins through pricing optimization and implementation of lean manufacturing initiatives. We wish Mike and his team continued success.”

Lazard Middle Market LLC and Simmons & Company International advised UTEX. Kirkland & Ellis LLP advised Audax Group.

Audax Group, founded in 1999, is a leading investor in small cap and lower-middle market companies. With offices in Boston and New York, Audax manages in excess of $4.3 billion of equity, mezzanine debt, and senior loan capital. For more information visit the Audax Group website www.audaxgroup.com :