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KPS Capital Partners Completes Acquisition of Olin Corporation's Metals Business, Forms Global Brass and Copper, Inc.

Nov 20, 2007

John Walker Named Chief Executive Officer

New York, NY (November 20, 2007) -- KPS Capital Partners, LP (“KPS”) announced today that it completed its previously announced acquisition of the worldwide metals business of Olin Corporation (NYSE: OLN) through a newly formed company, Global Brass and Copper, Inc. (“GBC”), for $400 million of cash consideration and a customary working capital adjustment.

KPS also announced that Mr. John H. Walker was named Chief Executive Officer of GBC. Mr. Walker was previously Chief Executive Officer of The Boler Company and Weirton Steel Corp., and President of flat-rolled products at Kaiser Aluminum. He serves on the boards of directors of UAL Corporation, the parent company of United Airlines, and Delphi Corporation.

GBC operates manufacturing facilities in East Alton, Illinois; Montpelier and Bryan, Ohio; Waterbury, Connecticut; and Cuba, Missouri. It also operates joint ventures in Japan and China, sales and customer support offices in Japan, China, and Singapore, and the A.J. Oster metals service center and distribution business. GBC and its subsidiaries will sell products under the Olin Metals, Olin Brass and Chase Brass brand names.

Michael Psaros, a Managing Partner of KPS, said, “KPS looks forward to creating the leading company in the global brass and copper industries by leveraging GBC’s strong market position, global scale, unequaled intellectual property, differentiated technology and unique high-performance alloy products. We expect that GBC will thrive as a more focused, independent enterprise under John Walker’s leadership.”

Mr. Walker added, “This is the beginning of an exciting new era for GBC as a standalone company. We intend to invest significant capital and resources into research and development to expand the company’s formidable competitive advantage, leverage our global franchise to capitalize on the growth of our products worldwide and continue to provide our customers with innovative products and superior customer service. KPS has provided GBC with the resources for success and long-term growth, and I look forward to leading a very talented and committed workforce into the future.”

Financing for the acquisition was provided by Wachovia Bank NA, acting as Agent, and General Electric Capital Corporation and CIT, which acted as Co-Lead Arrangers, in connection with a $575 million senior secured credit facility, and KPS Capital Finance Management LLC, which acted as Agent in connection with a $70 million senior secured term loan. Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP acted as legal counsel to KPS and GBC.

About Global Brass and Copper, Inc.

Global Brass and Copper, Inc. is the leading manufacturer and distributor of copper and copper-alloy sheet, strip, plate, foil, rod and fabricated components in the North America and one of the largest in the world. The Company, which generated over $2.1 billion in revenue in 2006, employs over 2,000 employees, and operates manufacturing facilities in East Alton, Illinois; Montpelier and Bryan, Ohio; Waterbury, Connecticut; and Cuba, Missouri, and operates joint ventures in Japan and China. The company also operates A.J. Oster, the leading service center and distributor of brass and copper products in North America. GBC and its subsidiaries sell products under the Olin Metals, Olin Brass, and Chase Brass brand names.

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 $11.5 billion of assets under management (as of October 15, 2019).  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 $8.3 billion, operate 134 manufacturing facilities in 26 countries, and have approximately 28,000 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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