THL Capital-Backed Nortek “Analyzing Capital Structure”

NTK Holdings Inc. (Nortek), a Providence, R.I.-based maker of ventilation, air conditioning and heating products, said that it is analyzing its capital structure “in light of current economic conditions.” It has retained both Blackstone Group and Weil, Gotshal & Manges as advisors. THL Partners acquired NTK from Kelso & Co. in 2004, and held a 66.48% equity stake as of late 2007, when NTK canceled a proposed $690 million IPO.


NTK Holdings, Inc. (“NTK Holdings”) and Nortek, Inc. (“Nortek”) announced today that they are analyzing their capital structures in light of current economic conditions and, to assist in that process, the Blackstone Group and Weil, Gotshal & Manges have been retained as advisors. Our advisors will be contacting bondholders and debt holders as appropriate.

Richard L. Bready, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, “In consideration of the current economic environment, our businesses are performing well and we remain focused on operating as efficiently as possible and executing our strategic business plans.”

NTK Holdings*, the parent company of Nortek Holdings* and Nortek*, is a leading diversified global manufacturer of innovative, branded residential and commercial ventilation, HVAC and home technology convenience and security products. NTK Holdings and Nortek offer a broad array of products including: range hoods, bath fans, indoor air quality systems, medicine cabinets and central vacuums, heating and air conditioning systems, and home technology offerings, including audio, video, access control, security and other products.

*As used herein, the terms “NTK Holdings,” “Nortek Holdings” or “Nortek” refers to NTK Holdings, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, unless the context indicates otherwise. These terms are used for convenience only and are not intended as a precise description of any of the separate corporations, each of which manages its own affairs.