BUFFALO GROVE, Ill. — US LBM announced the signing of a definitive agreement for Bain Capital Private Equity to acquire a majority stake in the company. US LBM will continue to operate under the leadership of President and CEO L.T. Gibson and the current management team. Financial terms of the private transaction were not disclosed.
Founded in 2009 with 16 locations in three states, US LBM has grown to be a leading national distributor of specialty building materials operating more than 250 locations. The company's operating model combines the advantages of its national scale and central team of industry experts with the high service levels, local expertise, entrepreneurial culture and customer relationships of its 37 operating divisions. Since US LBM's founding, it has grown through acquisitions and has opened more than 30 greenfield locations, including six this year.
"We have grown tremendously over the past 11 years, and with Kelso's support we were able to accelerate our acquisition strategy that has positioned us for continued growth," said Gibson. "US LBM's national platform, local go-to-market strategy, relationships with top suppliers, and record of successful integrations continues to make us an acquirer of choice in the building materials industry. We look forward to working with Bain Capital Private Equity and leveraging their experience of helping industrial companies scale and attract additional partners."
Bain Capital Private Equity has a long history of investments in industrial businesses and is one of the most active investors in the sector in the U.S. and globally. The firm's global experience across the industrial distribution and building materials sectors includes investments in a wide range of businesses including HD Supply Holdings Inc., Imperial Dade, Dealer Tire LLC, Consolis SAS, Ibstock PLC, and MKM Building Supplies.
"L.T. and his team have built an impressive, enduring business with a winning model that combines the advantages of national scale with a strong local market strategy," said Stephen Thomas, a managing director at Bain Capital Private Equity. "We believe US LBM is poised for continued growth and expansion as a leading national building materials distributor. We are excited by the opportunity to work with this talented team and to further grow their integrated platform while maintaining the company's unique culture, people-first mindset and commitment to superior customer service."
Kelso & Co. has been the company's investment partner since August 2015.
The transaction is expected to close in December 2020 and is subject to customary closing conditions, including requisite regulatory approvals. Debt financing for the transaction is being led by Barclays and will comprise of a new asset based revolving credit facility and a combination of other new debt financing.
Barclays is serving as financial advisor, Debevoise & Plimpton as legal counsel, and Ernst & Young as accounting advisor to Kelso and US LBM. Kirkland and Ellis LLP is serving as legal counsel, and PwC as accounting advisor to Bain Capital Private Equity.