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KPS Special Situations Funds to Sell Wire Rope Corporation of America to Fox Paine Capital Fund III

Nov 08, 2006

New York, NY (November 9, 2006) -- KPS Special Situations Funds (“KPS”) announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its portfolio company, Wire Rope Corporation of America, Inc. (“WRCA”), to Fox Paine Capital Fund III, L.P. (“Fox Paine”). Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

The transaction represents the fourth sale of a portfolio company by KPS this year, and the eighth liquidity event involving an investment of KPS Special Situations Fund II.

David Shapiro, a Managing Principal of KPS, stated, “Our investment in WRCA is a textbook example of the KPS strategy at work. During the three years of our ownership, WRCA completed a stunning turnaround. We are proud to have been the catalyst for the transformation of WRCA into a growing, profitable company with a global footprint and leadership position in its industry. We thank Ira Glazer, WRCA’s Chief Executive Officer, the company’s management team and all of its employees for their hard work and dedication. The value created at WRCA since our original acquisition is the result of their collective efforts.”

Mr. Glazer added, “KPS deserves an enormous amount of credit for being one of the few investors in the world to recognize the potential value of our business three years ago. We are grateful to them for providing our team with the blueprint, capital and other resources necessary to first execute our turnaround and then to expand through our 2005 acquisition of Aceros Camesa in Mexico and our recent joint venture in China.”

Mr. Shapiro concluded, “The sale to Fox Paine represents the next logical step in the evolution of WRCA now that the company is positioned for growth. Fox Paine has a proven track record of growing businesses, especially internationally. We are confident that under Fox Paine’s ownership WRCA will have a very bright future.”

Jefferies & Company, Inc. acted as the financial advisor to WRCA.

The transaction is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2006.

About Wire Rope Corporation of America

Wire Rope Corporation of America, Inc., based in St. Joseph, Missouri, is the largest manufacturer of wire rope and electromechanical cable in the Western Hemisphere. Through domestic and global manufacturing, it distributes wire rope and fabricated products worldwide. WRCA is the only major wire rope manufacturer in the world to be API certified, QPL Qualified, and ISO-9001:2000 registered. The company operates seven manufacturing facilities in the United States and Mexico.

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 $11.4 billion of assets under management (as of March 31, 2020).  For over two 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 $8.4 billion, operate 150 manufacturing facilities in 26 countries, and have approximately 23,000 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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