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KPS Capital Partners Portfolio Company, North American Breweries, Completes Acquisition of Labatt USA

Mar 13, 2009

Richard Lozyniak Names Chief Executive Officer

New York, NY (March 13, 2009) -- KPS Capital Partners, LP ("KPS") today announced that its portfolio company, North American Breweries, Inc., a national platform for investments and growth in the beer and malt beverage industries, has completed its previously announced acquisition of Labatt USA from a subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch InBev (Euronext: ABI). Completion of the transaction, financial terms of which were not disclosed, follows approval by the United States Department of Justice.

In addition to Labatt USA, North American Breweries owns all of the assets of High Falls Brewing Company, LLC and a perpetual license for the Seagram’s Cooler Escapes and Seagram’s Smooth brands.

KPS also announced that Richard Lozyniak was named Chief Executive Officer of North American Breweries. Mr. Lozyniak has served as Chief Executive Officer of two KPS portfolio companies. Most recently he was CEO of Bristol Compressors, Inc., and he previously was CEO of Blue Ridge Paper Products, Inc., prior to its successful sale. Mr. Lozyniak served in various positions with General Electric for fifteen years prior to joining Blue Ridge Paper.

Raquel Vargas Palmer, a Partner of KPS, said, "The Labatt USA acquisition completes the foundation of the North American Breweries platform. My partners and I are very pleased that Rich Lozyniak will serve as CEO of the new company, following two exceptional tenures with other KPS portfolio companies. We are confident that Rich and the North American Breweries management team will enhance the company’s value through acquisitions and many other exciting initiatives that drive organic growth of the company and its brands." Mr. Lozyniak said, "I am delighted to once again have the opportunity to lead a KPS company in an industry that is in need of a strong and independent player. North American begins with great assets and brands, significant consumer loyalty, a solid balance sheet and access to additional capital for growth. I look forward to working with James Pendegraft and the North American Breweries team, and all of our stakeholders to capitalize on the many attractive opportunities before us."

About North American Breweries, Inc.

North American Breweries is a national platform for investments and growth in the beer and malt beverage industries. Formed in 2009, North American Breweries owns High Falls Brewing Company, one of the largest and oldest continually operating breweries in the United States, and is the exclusive marketer and seller of Labatt brand beer and Seagram's Coolers in the United States. The company’s brands include the complete line of Labatt beers, including the flagship pilsner Labatt Blue and Labatt Blue Light; the Genesee line and the Dundee Ales & Lagers family, which includes the Original Honey Brown Lager; and Seagram’s Cooler Escapes and Seagram’s Smooth. It is also America's exclusive distributor of several imports, including Steinlager from New Zealand, Toohey's New from Australia, Thwaites from the U.K. and Imperial from Costa Rica; and a manufacturer of beer and other alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages under contracts on behalf of other companies. North American Breweries is a portfolio company of KPS Capital Partners, LP.

About KPS Capital Partners

KPS, through its affiliated management entities, is the manager of the KPS Special Situations Funds, a family of investment funds with over $12.3 billion of assets under management (as of December 31, 2020).  For nearly three decades, the Partners of KPS have worked exclusively to realize significant capital appreciation by making controlling equity investments in manufacturing and industrial companies across a diverse array of industries, including basic materials, branded consumer, healthcare and luxury products, automotive parts, capital equipment and general manufacturing.  KPS creates value for its investors by working constructively with talented management teams to make businesses better, and generates investment returns by structurally improving the strategic position, competitiveness and profitability of its portfolio companies, rather than primarily relying on financial leverage. The KPS Funds’ portfolio companies have aggregate annual revenues of approximately $10.6 billion, operate 159 manufacturing facilities in 22 countries, and have approximately 34,000 employees, directly and through joint ventures worldwide. The KPS investment strategy and portfolio companies are described in detail at www.kpsfund.com.

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