Tim Zappala, a Partner who co-heads Arsenal’s Specialty Industrials group, said, “We are very pleased to have worked with CEO Ted Clark and his management. During our partnership we successfully established Royal as a leading player in niche, high growth end markets with a particular emphasis on the substitution of traditional mechanical fasteners towards adhesives and sealants technologies which improve reliability and performance and provide a cost-effective solution to Royal’s global customers.”
Arsenal acquired Royal in late 2010 and concurrently combined it with Para-Chem Southern. The Company then completed eight strategic acquisitions, including ADCO Global, Inc., a leading global provider of specialty sealants, tapes and adhesives. The successful execution of Royal’s strategy created a top ten global supplier of adhesives and sealants with sales in excess of $600 million annually.
“As with most Arsenal investments in Specialty Industrials the foundation for this investment was started many years ago with our initial interest in this high growth sector. Through identifying the right platform and partnering with a strong management team we built a unique asset. This transaction represents another successful exit for Arsenal, producing strong returns for Arsenal and its investors,” added John Televantos a Partner who co-heads Arsenal’s Specialty Industrials group.
Ted Clark, CEO of Royal, said, “We greatly appreciate Arsenal’s significant support of the management team, employees and customers throughout the last five years in the execution of our organic growth and acquisition strategy. Arsenal's deep understanding of the industry and their commitment to the investment contributed to the remarkable outcome achieved by the Company. The new partnership with American Securities will allow us to continue Royal’s growth trajectory and we look forward to the next phase of the Company’s evolution.”
The sale of Royal continues Arsenal’s success in the Specialty Industrials sector and follows firm’s 2014 sale of Charter Brokerage, a leading non-asset based third party logistics provider to the petroleum and chemical industries. Arsenal actively invests across a number of segments within the Specialty Industrials sector, which include among others high performance coatings, health and nutritional ingredients, and chemicals enabling the production and distribution of oil and gas. Since 2008, Arsenal has completed 11 platform investments and 31 add-on acquisitions in the Specialty Industrials sector.
Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC and The Valence Group acted as financial advisors and DLA Piper LLP acted as legal advisor to Arsenal and Royal. KeyBanc Capital Markets acted as financial advisor and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP served as legal counsel to American Securities.