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SBP Holdings Completes Refinancing Transaction

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SBP Holdings Completes Refinancing Transaction

October 15, 2020

SBP Holding L.P. (“SBP” or the “Company”), a leading industrial distribution platform offering a diverse portfolio of highly engineered products and services to a broad range of customers and end markets, together with certain of its subsidiaries, is pleased to announce that it has completed a refinancing transaction co-led by Atlantic Park Strategic Capital Fund, L.P. (“Atlantic Park”) and The Carlyle Group’s Global Credit platform (“Carlyle”). Carlyle acted as administrative agent. Concurrent with the closing of the transaction, the Company also extended the maturity of its existing revolving credit facility to October 2025. Proceeds from the transaction will be used to fully refinance the Company’s existing indebtedness and provide the Company with capital to support future growth and acquisitions.

The Company was formed in 2012 in conjunction with Singer Equities’ acquisition of Bishop Lifting Products. Since 2012, SBP has completed over 25 acquisitions and has transformed into a national platform.

“We’re extremely excited to partner with Atlantic Park and Carlyle during this next chapter of growth,” said Michael Geist, Chief Financial Officer. “The facility supports our strong balance sheet and financial position. Importantly, the structure also provides additional flexibility and, with the further support of our majority owner AEA Investors, enables SBP to be well-positioned to continue executing our growth strategies as global economies recover.”

Jefferies LLC acted as sole financial advisor to SBP and Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP as its legal advisor. Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP and Kirkland & Ellis LLP served as legal advisors to Atlantic Park and Carlyle, respectively.

Financial details were not disclosed.

About SBP Holdings

Singer Equities, Bishop Lifting Products and Dakota Fluid Power are wholly owned subsidiaries of SBP Holdings, headquartered in Houston, TX and through its 92 locations provides industrial rubber, wire rope, rigging, fluid power products and services to a broad range of industrial markets throughout North America. More information can be obtained at www.sbpholdings.com, www.singerequities.com, www.lifting.com and www.dakotafluidpower.com.

About Atlantic Park

Atlantic Park is a strategic joint venture between General Atlantic, a global growth equity firm established 40 years ago, and Iron Park Capital Partners, a deeply experienced credit-focused asset manager. Atlantic Park provides capital solutions to address financing needs for high-quality companies seeking a trusted partner. Atlantic Park takes a broad industry focus and partners with companies spanning a number of sectors, including Consumer, Financial Services, Healthcare and Technology, with a focus on companies in the United States and Europe.

About The Carlyle Group

The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) is a global investment firm with deep industry expertise that deploys private capital across four business segments: Corporate Private Equity, Real Assets, Global Credit and Investment Solutions. With $221 billion of assets under management as of June 30, 2020, Carlyle’s purpose is to invest wisely and create value on behalf of its investors, portfolio companies and the communities in which we live and invest. The Carlyle Group employs more than 1,800 people in 31 offices across six continents. Further information is available at www.carlyle.com. Follow The Carlyle Group on Twitter @OneCarlyle.

Carlyle’s $50 billion Global Credit investment platform provides financing solutions that span the credit spectrum: liquid credit, illiquid credit and real assets credit. Since 1999, the group has provided creative solutions for borrowers and delivered attractive risk-adjusted returns for investors by drawing on the deep credit expertise and disciplined underwriting capabilities of our over 160 investment professionals and by leveraging the resources and industry expertise of Carlyle’s global network.

About AEA

AEA Investors LP was founded in 1968 by the Rockefeller, Mellon and Harriman family interests and S.G. Warburg & Co. as a private investment vehicle for a select group of industrial family offices with substantial assets. AEA has an extraordinary global network built over many years which includes leading industrial families, business executives and leaders; many of whom invest with AEA as active individual investors (“Participants”) and/or join its portfolio company boards or act in other advisory roles. Today, AEA’s approximately 80 investment professionals operate globally with offices in New York, Connecticut, London, Munich and Shanghai. The firm manages funds that have approximately $15 billion of invested and committed capital including the leveraged buyouts of middle market companies and small business companies and mezzanine and senior debt investments. AEA Private Equity invests across three sectors: value added industrials, consumer, and services.

 

COVID-19 Update

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THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF EVERYONE REMAINS OUR TOP PRIORITY.  

Like all of you, we are assessing the situation surrounding Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on our business and industry. Please be assured we are committed to maintaining our high level of service, while protecting the health of our employees, our customers and our community. We want to let you know that as of this date we have not had any significant disruption in our supply chain or our ability to service our customer’s requests, orders or shipments.

We continue to carefully reviewed the local, state and federal directives and guidance related to the COVID-19 crisis.  At this time we remain an essential business that must continue its operations.  Our work is critical to ensure continuity of its service and support of essential infrastructure and essential businesses, including health care facilities, food and beverage processing facilities, hospitals, lab facilities, industrial facilities such as municipal water and wastewater treatment facilities that have critical reliance on safe, clean, reliable water.

Besides monitoring the situation, we are also taking the following active measures to reduce the impact to our customers:

  • We are following all recommended strategies issued by the CDC to keep our employees safe and healthy, including allowing employees to work from home whenever possible and rotating shifts to limit person-to-person contact.
  • We are asking our suppliers and customers to limit their visits to our facilities whenever possible as we are committed to maintaining a safe working environment for all of our employees.
  • We are in constant communication with our suppliers in China and Japan to ensure we react immediately to any disruption in our supply chain.
  • We remain readily available to help you address any specific concerns. Our Inside Sales and Outside Sales teams, Service Departments, Accounting and Shipping Departments are all functioning without disruption.
  • We will employ available technologies to provide remote assistance wherever possible.
  • We will remain proactive and update you as necessary.  Please send us an email or call us with any concerns or questions you may have.

In these unique times, our company and our Team joins with everyone to support our community and neighbors. We appreciate your business and understanding during this global health emergency.

SINGER EQUITIES ACQUIRES 4-STAR HOSE AND SUPPLY

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Singer Equities, Inc. has acquired 4-STAR Hose and Supply headquartered in Dallas, TX. 4-STAR Hose and Supply distributes and fabricates industrial hose, hydraulic hose, metal hose, composite hose, fittings, valves and pumps out of their locations in Dallas, Fort Worth, Midland, Pleasanton and Cleburne, Texas. The business was founded in 1983 and has been owned by Keith, Kelly and Brent Culhane since 1992. 4-STAR has 70 full-time employees and serves a diverse customer base in the oil/gas, steel, chemical and food, and beverage markets.

All three owners, who have been active in the business, will remain and the business will continue operating under the 4-STAR Hose and Supply name. “Keith, Kelly, Brent and their team have built a profitable business by providing exceptional service throughout Texas and the surrounding region”, stated Sam Petillo, President of Singer Equities. Kelly Culhane stated, “The team at 4-STAR Hose is excited to partner with Singer Equities. We’ll be able to leverage Singer’s scale and product offering to better serve our customers.” Brent Culhane added, “Being part of the Singer family will provide new growth opportunities for 4-STAR and our employees. The addition of our five locations will expand Singer’s footprint in Texas.”

Singer Equities, along with Bishop Lifting Products and Dakota Fluid Power, are wholly owned subsidiaries of SBP Holdings, headquartered in Houston, TX and through its 92 locations provides industrial rubber, wire rope, rigging, fluid power products and services to a broad range of industrial markets throughout North America. More information can be obtained at www.sbpholdings.com and www.singerequities.com.

Sam Petillo Begins Term as NAHAD President

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Sam Petillo Begins Term as NAHAD President

Sam Petillo, president of Singer Equities Inc., was recently elected to serve as president of NAHAD, the Association for Hose and Hose Accessories Distribution.

NAHAD is the only trade association dedicated to the hose industry, whose mission is to promote quality, safety, and profitability amongst leading manufacturers and distributors. Petillo assumes the presidency after serving multiple leadership roles with the association, including on the executive committee, the board of directors, and numerous committees.

“I am honored to be a part of NAHAD and to serve as president this year,” said Petillo. “I served on the NAHAD board both as a manufacturer and a distributor, and I feel I bring a unique perspective on the value NAHAD provides related to networking, education, and most importantly, our commitment to hose safety and the Hose Safety Institute.”

Bishop Lifting Has Completed the Acquisition of Woods Logging and Industrial Supply

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Houston, TX – February 1, 2019 — Bishop Lifting Products completed the acquisition of Woods Logging and Industrial Supply based out of Longview, Washington.   Since 1978, Woods Logging has specialized in servicing the logging, marine and construction industries with spooling services, rigging products, wire rope and hydraulic solutions.

“Today’s announcement is continued support of our company-wide goal of geographic and end market diversification,” said Harold King, President of Bishop Lifting.  He continued, “Woods Logging has a long history of professional sales and service within the area, making them a great addition to our team.”

Mick White, President of Woods Logging, states, “We’re excited to join the Bishop Lifting and SBP Holdings family of companies and its large national footprint of companies focused on rigging, rubber and fluid power products.”

This growth will allow Bishop Lifting to continue to expand its national footprint to the Pacific Northwest. From on-site inspections to rigging services and wire rope delivery to marine terminals, Woods Logging provides high performance wire rope for cranes, as well as, wire rope and chain slings for the Logging, Maritime and Construction industries.

Bishop Lifting Products, along with Singer Equities and Dakota Fluid Power, are wholly owned subsidiaries of SBP Holdings, headquartered in Houston, TX and through its 86 locations provides industrial rubber, wire rope, rigging, fluid power products and services to a broad range of industrial markets throughout North America. More information can be obtained at www.sbpholdings.com, www.lifting.com, www.singerequities.com, and www.dakotafluidpower.com

SINGER EQUITIES ACQUIRES QUALITY CONVEYOR SOLUTIONS

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February 1, 2019

SINGER EQUITIES ACQUIRES QUALITY CONVEYOR SOLUTIONS

Singer Equities, Inc. has acquired Quality Conveyor Solutions, LLC (QCS) headquartered in Roanoke, VA.  QCS provides conveyor belt, accessories and field services including installation and mobile maintenance out of their locations in Roanoke, Covington & Richmond, VA, Baltimore, MD, Rocky Mount, NC, and Kingsport, TN.  QCS serves multiple markets including aggregate, pulp and paper, power generation and cement.

The business, founded in 2016, will continue operating under the QCS name.  Owners Aaron Atwell, Bill Bettridge, Junior Purdue, Doug Stanley and Geoff Emery will continue in their key management roles.  Aaron Atwell will be Vice President and General Manager of QCS and merge operations with Virginia Carolina Belting, a division of Singer Equities based in Salem, VA.

Sam Petillo, President of Singer Equities, said “Aaron, Bill and their 37 employees have significantly grown the business in a short period of time.  We are excited to add their knowledge base and conveyor service experience to the Singer family.”  Aaron Atwell said “Unifying QCS and VCB, combined with Singer’s conveyor services out of RW Connection in Lancaster, PA will make us the strongest belt service company in the mid-Atlantic Region.”  Bill Bettridge, VP Mid-Atlantic Region added, “Singer provides us the right cultural fit and support to fuel our expansion in the region and beyond”.

Singer Equities, along with Bishop Lifting Products and Dakota Fluid Power, are wholly owned subsidiaries of SBP Holdings, headquartered in Houston, TX and through its 86 locations provides industrial rubber, wire rope, rigging, fluid power products and services to a broad range of industrial markets throughout North America. More information can be obtained at www.sbpholdings.com and www.singerequities.com.

Bishop Lifting Products Acquires Safeway Slings USA

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HOUSTON – (April 2, 2018) — Bishop Lifting has acquired Safeway Sling USA, a sling fabrication company headquartered in Greendale, Wisconsin. Safeway Sling USA is a manufacturer of 100% USA made nylon and polyester lifting slings as well as wire rope slings, chain slings, and tie-down assemblies that meet all WSTDA standards.

Safeway Sling USA, Inc. has a proven record of excellence in designing and fabricating 100% USA made lifting slings for 40 years and has gained recognition as the “Gold Standard” for overhead lifting slings.Harold King, President of Bishop Lifting Products, stated that “we are excited with the addition of Safeway Sling to our family of companies. Safeway Sling has a proven track record in our industry of supplying the highest quality synthetic slings with the highest level of service. They will make a great addition to our team.”

Sue Szymczak, President of Safeway Sling USA, added that “We feel that BLP is the ideal fit to carry on our legacy of excellence.”Along with manufacturing synthetic and metal lifting slings, Safeway provides certifying/recertifying services of overhead lifting assemblies with in-house ASTM E-4 calibrated testing capabilities. Bishop Lifting operates 70 test beds throughout their 21 locations with pull test capacities ranging from 100K-1500K metric tons.Bishop Lifting Products, along with Singer Equities, are wholly owned subsidiaries of SBP Holdings. Bishop Lifting is engaged in the fabrication, distribution and rental of wire rope, sling and rigging products and services. Singer Equities specializes in industrial hose, hydraulic hose, conveyor belt and gasket material fabrication and services.

The combined entity has 61 locations throughout North America with over 1080 employees.More information can be found at www.sbpholdings.com, www.safewaysling.com, and www.lifting.com.

SBP Holdings Announces Formal Creation of SBP OnGuard™ Foundation

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We are pleased to announce the formal creation of our SBP OnGuard™ Foundation which would provide funding to designated  associates in the event of a declared natural disaster with contributions and distributions compliant under 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  The process would allow all contributions to go to individuals affected without income tax consequences and allow donors to deduct contributions for tax purposes.

In an effort to keep administration expenses to a minimum and meeting all non-profit, non-stock corporation mandates, our company will accrue for funding into the account and in the event of such a declared natural disaster, fund the account and open the Foundation for outside contributions to be made and promptly distributed to those in need.

The outpouring of support for our associates adversely affected by Hurricane Harvey in Houston provided the impetus for this SBP OnGuard™ Foundation.

Thank you very much for the support of those in need.

 

Sincerely,

Donald S. Fritzinger

SINGER EQUITIES ACQUIRES SMITH INDUSTRIAL RUBBER & PLASTICS INC.

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February 1, 2018 — Singer Equities, Inc. has acquired Smith Industrial Rubber & Plastics Inc. headquartered in Rockford, Illinois. Smith Industrial is a distributor and fabricator of hydraulic hose and fittings, conveyor belting, industrial hose, sheet rubber and die cut parts from plastic and rubber. The business was founded in the 1940s as a division of Smith Oil Corp. who was a dominant distributor of petroleum, rubber products and select automotive parts through most of the 20th century in the Rock River valley. Current owners Scott Greenfield and Tom Rudnicki were originally salesmen for Smith Industrial Rubber. Tom Rudnicki will remain as General Manager and will continue operating under the Smith Industrial Rubber and Plastics name.
“Scott Greenfield, Tom Rudnicki and their team have built a reputable rubber distribution business over the past 30 years and have earned that through their value-add product offerings and dedication to customer service”, stated Sam Petillo, President of Singer Equities. Adding, “We are very excited and proud to have Smith Industrial Rubber & Plastics join the Singer Equities team and expand our geographic footprint into Illinois. The addition of Smith Industrial further diversifies our customer base.” Rudnicki said, “Through this partnership with Singer we maintain our name, identity and business model that enabled Smith’s growth over the past 75 years. We plan to leverage Singer’s strength in the rubber industry to hasten the pace of our growth in the Midwest.”

Singer Equities, along with Bishop Lifting Products, are wholly owned subsidiaries of SBP Holdings. Singer Equities specializes in industrial hose, hydraulic hose, conveyor belt and gasket material fabrication and services. Bishop Lifting is engaged in the fabrication, distribution and rental of wire rope and rigging products and services. The combined entity has 58 locations throughout North America with over 1050 employees. More information can be obtained at www.sbpholdings.com and www.singerequities.com.

PRC Industrial Supply Acquires ACE Conveyor Services

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Portland, ME: PRC Industrial Supply, headquartered in Portland ME, today announced a deal with ACE  Conveyor Services of Belgrade, ME to acquire all of its assets and hire its entire staff effective immediately.  The move comes after negotiations between the two companies over the past few months.  Vice President and GM of PRC, Kevin Easler, says it was mutual respect that made this deal possible.  “As customers across New England are increasingly coming to PRC for their conveyor belt requirements, we realized we needed more help,” he said. “Tom and his crew are hard working and well respected throughout New England. Tom and I both realized by joining forces we could achieve our shared mission for continued long term growth as well as provide long term growth opportunities for our co-workers. ”

Hudson, President and founder of ACE Conveyor Services, was equally pleased with the outcome of the negotiations.  “I built my company over the past 20 years from the ground up, and trained many vulcanizing technicians over the years,” he said.  “We’ve stayed small, and that has made us nimble and very efficient at what we do, but it has come at the cost of growing to a sustainable level.” As part of the deal, Hudson, who has over 35 years in the industrial rubber business, will help facilitate PRC’s long term growth strategy as well as become a sales and service rep. for PRC. Tom will be reaching out to all of his customers in the coming days to answer any questions they may have.

PRC Industrial Supply, established in 1895 formerly known as Portland Rubber Company, is a sales and service company, specializing in conveyor belt, industrial hose and fluid power components. With 3 locations and 28 employees, the company offers a full range of services including on-site conveyor belt installations, Industrial Hose as well as in-house repairs of hydraulic pumps, motors, valves, and cylinders. PRC Industrial Supply has locations in Portland and Bangor, ME., and Burlington, MA. (dba Stewart Hunt).

PRC Industrial Supply is a wholly owned subsidiary of Singer Equities and SBP Holdings, headquartered in Houston, TX and through its 58 locations provides industrial rubber and wire rope and rigging products and services to a broad range of industrial end markets throughout the United States and Canada.

More information can be obtained at www.prcindustrial.com , www.sbpholdings.com , and www.singerequities.com

 

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