Hoffman Estates, I.L., October 17, 2023 – Heritage-Crystal Clean, Inc. (“Crystal Clean” or the “Company”), a leading provider of parts cleaning, hazardous and non-hazardous waste services, used oil re-refining, antifreeze recycling, industrial and field services, and emergency and spill response services, today announced that an investment affiliate of J.F. Lehman & Company (“J.F. Lehman”) has completed its previously announced acquisition of the Company.
“We are excited to begin our partnership with Crystal Clean’s leadership team and build on the Company’s strong foundation as a clear category leader and unparalleled provider of environmental and waste disposal services. We have long admired Crystal Clean’s reputation of providing high-quality services to its diversified, blue-chip customer base, as well as the financial and operational excellence the team has established,” said Glenn Shor, Partner at J.F. Lehman & Company. “We look forward to working together to best position Crystal Clean for sustainable, long-term success as a private company.”
“Our longstanding mission has been to deliver best-in-class, environmentally sustainable solutions to our customers and we believe our partnership with J.F. Lehman puts us in the best position to continue to do so,” said Crystal Clean’s President and CEO, Brian Recatto. “We appreciate the support from both the Crystal Clean and J.F. Lehman teams and are looking forward to the next chapter of growth in concert and partnership with J.F. Lehman.”
Pursuant to the terms of the transaction announced on July 19, 2023, J.F. Lehman acquired all of the outstanding shares of Crystal Clean stock. Crystal Clean shareholders are entitled to receive $45.50 in cash for each share of Crystal Clean (HCCI) common stock owned. As a result of the transaction completion, Crystal Clean’s common stock no longer trades on the NASDAQ stock exchange.
Debt financing in support of the transaction was provided by Jefferies Finance LLC, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, and PSP Investments Credit USA LLC.
William Blair & Company served as financial advisor to Crystal Clean, Stifel delivered a fairness opinion to Crystal Clean with respect to the transaction, and McDermott Will & Emery LLP served as legal counsel to Crystal Clean. Houlihan Lokey, Inc. acted as lead financial advisor to J.F. Lehman, and Jefferies LLC also served as financial advisor to J.F. Lehman. Shearman & Sterling LLP and Jones Day served as legal counsel to J.F. Lehman.
About Heritage-Crystal Clean, Inc.
Heritage-Crystal Clean, Inc. provides parts cleaning, used oil re-refining, hazardous and non-hazardous waste disposal, emergency and spill response, and industrial and field services to vehicle maintenance businesses, manufacturers and other industrial businesses, as well as utilities and governmental entities. Our service programs include parts cleaning, regulated containerized and bulk waste management, used oil collection and re-refining, wastewater vacuum, emergency and spill response, industrial and field services, waste antifreeze collection, recycling and product sales. These services help our customers manage their used chemicals and liquid and solid wastes, while also helping to minimize their regulatory burdens. Through our used oil re-refining program, during fiscal 2022, were cycled approximately 66 million gallons of used oil into high quality lubricating base oil, and we are a supplier to firms that produce and market finished lubricants. Through our antifreeze program during fiscal 2022 we recycled approximately 4.5 million gallons of spent antifreeze which was used to produce a full line of virgin-quality antifreeze products. Through our parts cleaning program during fiscal 2022 we recycled 2.3 million gallons of used solvent into virgin-quality solvent to be used again by our customers. In addition, we sold 0.6 million gallons of used solvent into the reuse market. Through our containerized waste program during fiscal 2022 we collected approximately 22 thousand tons of regulated waste which was sent for energy recovery. Through our wastewater vacuum services program during fiscal 2022 we treated approximately 84 million gallons of wastewater. Crystal Clean is headquartered in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, and operates through 105 branch and industrial services locations serving approximately 104,000 customer locations.
About J.F. Lehman & Company
J.F. Lehman & Company is a leading private equity investment firm focused on the aerospace, defense, maritime and environmental sectors. This investment strategy reflects the firm’s deep experience in and commitment to these sectors since the firm’s founding three decades ago. Headquartered in New York, NY, the firm currently has approximately $4.5 billion of assets under management. To learn more, please visit www.jflpartners.com.
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