Rhône Capital to Sell a Controlling Interest in Arizona Chemical to American Securities, LLC

Rhône Capital has entered into a definitive agreement to sell a controlling interest in Arizona Chemical to American Securities, a New York-based private equity firm. Terms of the agreement have not been disclosed.

The transaction, subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions, is expected to close in the fourth quarter of this year. Rhône, along with other current investors and the management team, will retain 25 percent of the company’s ownership and will continue to participate in its growth and development through pro rata representation on Arizona Chemical’s board of directors.

“American Securities has a strong history of providing the leadership and resources necessary to ensure that the businesses that are part of their portfolio continue to achieve success,” explained Kees Verhaar, President & CEO of Arizona Chemical. “We look forward to continuing to grow our business and strengthen our customer relationships under their leadership.”

American Securities’ portfolio includes General Chemical, MECS, and Fairmount Minerals in the chemical (or related) markets, along with a variety of other successful companies in a wide range of industries.
About Arizona Chemical
Arizona Chemical (www.arizonachemical.com) is the world’s leading biorefiner of pine chemicals for the adhesives, inks and coatings, lubricants, fuel additives, mining and oleochemicals markets. With more than 1,000 employees and state-of-the-art refineries in six countries on both sides of the Atlantic, Arizona Chemical provides sustainable raw materials to hundreds of companies and, in-turn, to millions of consumers all around the world. The company has headquarters offices in the U.S. in Jacksonville, Fla., and in the EU in Almere, the Netherlands.

Media Contact: David Cowfer, Vice President – Human Resources & Communications
(904) 928-8860  david.cowfer@azchem.com

About American Securties
Headquartered in New York with an office in Shanghai, American Securities LLC is a U.S. middle-market private equity firm that invests in market-leading companies in North America with annual revenues generally ranging between $100 million to $1 billion.  Investments are funded from more than $6 billion of committed capital. The firm traces its roots to the family office founded in 1947 by William Rosenwald to invest and manage his share of his family’s Sears, Roebuck & Co. fortune. More information on American Securities LLC can be found at www.american-securities.com.

Media Contact: Anne Board, Director of External Relations
(212) 476-4967 or aboard@american-securities.com

About Rhône Capital
Rhône was founded in 1996 and has offices in New York, London and Paris. Rhône focuses on middle-market private equity investments in businesses with pan-European or trans-Atlantic presence or growth prospects. Rhône’s investment philosophy includes the development of strong, strategic partnerships with the management of portfolio companies in which it invests. Rhône currently has investments in a diversified portfolio of companies.

Media Contacts:
David Wynne-Morgan, Pelham Bell Pottinger
DWynne-morgan@pelhambellpottinger.co.uk, +44 20 7861 3144

Victoria Geoghegan, Pelham Bell Pottinger
VGeoghegan@pelhambellpottinger.co.uk, +44 20 7861 3925

Charlie Harrison, Pelham Bell Pottinger
Charrison@pelhambellpottinger.co.uk, +44 20 7861 3125