November 22, 2017
American Securities Announces Agreement to Sell SeaStar Solutions to Dometic Group
American Securities LLC, a leading U.S. private equity firm, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell SeaStar Solutions ("SeaStar" or the "Company") to Dometic Group (STO: DOM) ("Dometic") for $875 million. Dometic is a global market leader in branded solutions for mobile living in the areas of Climate, Hygiene & Sanitation, and Food & Beverage. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2017, and is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.
SeaStar is a leading, global provider of vessel control, fuel systems and system integration to the marine industry. The Company is the market leader in its key product areas with strong market shares. SeaStar today operates some of the strongest brands in the market, such as SeaStar, xtreme, MOELLER, Optimus, and Sierra. The Sierra aftermarket platform is the world's largest independent marine aftermarket parts supplier. SeaStar is based in Litchfield, IL, operates 8 facilities, and employs approximately 1,250 people.
"We are proud of our commitment to research and development, which has allowed us to regularly launch new and innovative products," said Yvan Cote, President and CEO of SeaStar. "During our nearly four-year partnership with American Securities, they have been a valuable resource in achieving our growth objectives. We look forward to our next chapter of growth with Dometic."
Scott Wolff, a Managing Director of American Securities, commented, "We are proud to have supported Yvan and the talented SeaStar management team to drive organic growth and execute strategic acquisitions during our partnership."
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP acted as legal advisor, and RBC Capital Markets and Baird acted as financial advisors to SeaStar.