AEA Investors Aquires TricorBraun

ST. LOUIS and NEW YORK, November 30, 2016

AEA Investors LP, a leading global private investment firm focused on private equity and debt investments in the middle market, announced that it has acquired TricorBraun Holdings, Inc. (TricorBraun), one of the largest distributors of glass and plastic rigid packaging in North America from CHS Capital (CHS).

“I couldn’t be more excited about this partnership,” said Keith Strope, President and CEO of TricorBraun. “Culturally, philosophically and strategically, our two companies are very strongly aligned. We both believe that first and foremost relationships are what matter—personally and professionally. All good relationships rely on both parties bringing something that the other needs. Something new. Something different. Something that insures mutual growth. This partnership will not only bring success to everyone involved—partners, customers, suppliers and employees alike—I believe it will positively impact the entire rigid packaging industry. But as excited as I am about the future, I would be remiss if I didn’t express how grateful I am to CHS and all the help and support they supplied to get us to this point.”

Thomas Pryma, Partner at AEA said, “We believe TricorBraun is an excellent company operating in a highly attractive industry segment. They are well-positioned to make a significant impact in the rigid packaging market by continuing to offer their customers and supplier partners an impressive array of capabilities. We have enjoyed a long relationship with the TricorBraun leadership and are extremely excited to partner with them. We look forward to helping them continue their growth both organically and through strategic acquisitions.

David Hawkins, Partner at CHS said, “TricorBraun has always been the most innovative company in the rigid packaging industry. Their track record of strong growth and profitability is a testament to their leadership. Keith Strope and his team have built an impressive company. We’re very proud of what we’ve accomplished with them and I know they will continue to be the industry leader.”

About TricorBraun

Founded in 1902, TricorBraun is the home for many firsts in rigid packaging distribution. TricorBraun began an industry consolidation with a series of strategic acquisitions in the mid 1990’s. TricorBraun was the first to incorporate advanced design and engineering capabilities into the packaging supply process.

About AEA Investors

AEA Investors LP was founded in 1968 by the Rockefeller, Mellon and Harriman family interests and S.G. Warburg & Co. as a private investment vehicle for a select group of industrial family offices with substantial assets. AEA’s active individual investors (the “Participants”) include an extraordinary network of more than 75 of the world’s leading industrial families, business executives, and former government leaders.