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Compass Diversified Holdings Acquires CamelBak Products, LLC

WESTPORT, Conn., Aug. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Compass Diversified Holdings (NYSE: CODI) ("CODI" or the "Company"), an owner of leading middle market businesses, announced today that it acquired a controlling interest in CamelBak Products, LLC ("CamelBak") on August 24, 2011.  

Based in Petaluma, California and founded in 1989, CamelBak invented the hands-free hydration category and is the global leader in personal hydration gear. The company offers a complete line of technical hydration packs, reusable BPA-free water bottles, performance hydration accessories, specialized military gloves and performance accessories for outdoor, recreation and military use. CamelBak's reputation as an innovator of best-in-class personal hydration products has enabled the company to establish preferred partnerships with leading national retailers, sporting goods stores, independent and chain specialty retailers and the U.S. military. Through its global distribution network, CamelBak products are available in more than 50 countries worldwide. For the year ended December 31, 2010, CamelBak reported revenue of approximately $122.2 million.

The purchase price of $257.5 million for the membership interests of CamelBak is based on a total enterprise value of $245.0 million and included $12.5 million of cash and working capital adjustments. The acquisition was consummated through a majority-owned subsidiary, CamelBak Acquisition Corp.  This structure will allow CODI to amortize a substantial portion of the purchase price for tax purposes.  CODI funded the acquisition through drawings on its Revolving Credit Facility, as well as through funds provided by a private placement of 1.575 million of its common shares at the closing market price of $12.50 per share on August 23, 2011, to CGI Magyar Holdings LLC ("CMH") , its largest shareholder.  An affiliate of CMH also purchased $45.0 million of convertible preferred stock in CamelBak Acquisition Corp.  Acquisition related costs were approximately $4.2 million.

CODI's initial common equity ownership in CamelBak Acquisition Corp. is approximately 89.9%.  In addition to its equity investment in CamelBak Acquisition Corp., CODI provided loans totaling $145.2 million to CamelBak as part of the transaction. CamelBak's management team and a lender in CODI's Revolving Credit Facility also invested in the transaction alongside CODI.

Commenting on the acquisition, Alan Offenberg, CEO of CODI, said, "We are pleased to further expand our family of niche market leaders with the acquisition of CamelBak. This company possesses the critical characteristics that we seek in all of our subsidiaries, including market leadership, strong operating history and cash flow levels, proven management and compelling growth opportunities. CamelBak is an industry pioneer with strong brand recognition as the premier innovator of personal hydration products, offering superior performance as well as important health and environmental benefits. We expect to capitalize on the company's strong market position, as well as favorable macro trends, including the growing demand for improved everyday hydration. We believe CamelBak will continue to evolve its leading product and innovation platform and strengthen its relationships with top retailers and the military, thereby increasing consumer penetration levels globally. We look forward to working with CamelBak to continue to accelerate their growth."

Mr. Offenberg added, "We expect the acquisition of CamelBak to provide our owners with fifteen to twenty cents per share of cash flow accretion on a full year basis. This acquisition increases the number of businesses we own to nine and further enhances our ability to provide attractive cash distributions and create significant value for our owners."

Sally McCoy, Chief Executive Officer of CamelBak, will continue to serve in the same capacity at the company. Ms. McCoy commented, "CamelBak's mission is to continuously reinvent and forever change the way people hydrate and perform. CODI's acquisition of CamelBak provides an exciting opportunity to further that mission. We are eager to leverage the unique strengths of CODI's financing structure and history of working with established middle market companies to build upon our track record of success in providing advanced hydration solutions for customers on a worldwide basis."

Additional information on the acquisition will be available on the Company's current report on Form 8-K that will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission later today.

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