Keystone Capital, Inc. (“Keystone”) is pleased to announce that it has completed two new platform acquisitions during the fourth quarter of 2011. PEAK Technologies, Inc. (“PEAK”), an integrator of automated identification/data capture (“AIDC”) technologies into supply chain environments, was acquired on October 31, 2011 from an affiliate of Platinum Equity. Less than two months later, Keystone partnered with management to acquire Babcock Eagleton, a pipeline and transmission facilities engineering firm serving the energy industry, from Babcock International Group PLC and renamed the firm Eagleton Engineering, LLC (“Eagleton”).
“A common element in both transactions was the requirement for speed and certainty to closing,” noted Scott Gwilliam, Managing Director of Keystone Capital. “Keystone differentiated itself in both situations with a willingness to close in less than 45 days. We have a longstanding reputation of meeting such tight timelines, and the Eagleton and PEAK transactions only serve to reinforce that reputation.”
Terms of these transactions are not being disclosed. Senior debt financing for each transaction was provided by The Private Bank, and legal counsel was provided to Keystone by Kirkland & Ellis LLP.
Overview: Peak Technologies, Inc.
PEAK is a leading systems integrator of supply chain automation, inventory management, and mobility solutions. PEAK improves the flow of business for enterprises through delivery of innovative supply chain and mobility solutions by helping enterprises plan, design, implement, and maintain systems that ensure customers meet their desired business objectives. PEAK’s portfolio of solutions and services include business process consulting, SAP supply chain and mobility systems integration, mobile technology professional services, printing/media solutions, and life-cycle support services. PEAK offers both on-site and depot repair services to support AIDC technologies and forms handling equipment. The company’s customer base includes Fortune 500 multi-national organizations and mid-market companies across a diverse array of industries. PEAK is based in Columbia, Maryland and employs over 300 employees across North America. More information on PEAK can be found at www.peaktechnologies.com.
“We are thrilled to be a part of the Keystone family of companies,” remarked Ross Young, President & CEO of PEAK. “Keystone’s unique strategy will be well received by all of our business partners at PEAK, and we are looking forward to our continued growth.”
Overview: Eagleton Engineering, LLC
Eagleton is a full service engineering firm offering planning, design, and construction services for transportation systems and facilities used in natural gas and gas liquids, petrochemicals, carbon dioxide, other industrial gases and crude oil. Over the past 45 years, Eagleton has developed a leading reputation for designing and managing the construction of pipelines, terminals, compressor and pump stations, oil and gas production and processing facilities, slug catchers and two-phase flow systems. Eagleton employs approximately 115 employees, residing both at its Houston, Texas headquarters and in the field. More information on Eagleton can be found at www.eagletoninc.com.
“I speak for the entire Eagleton organization when I say that we are truly excited to become an independent firm again, and are looking forward to our renewed focus on growth in our core pipeline engineering business,” commented Duain Cagle, President of Eagleton. “We are confident Keystone is going to be a terrific partner for Eagleton.”
Jason Van Zant