PRIVATE EQUITY INVESTING
In Environmental Services Companies
Thu, Dec 12 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Treasure in the Trash –
Where PE Firms Are Finding Success
In Waste, Recycling, & Water Deals
Private Equity Investing
In Environmental Services Companies
M&A is stronger than ever in the water, waste, and recycling industries. According to one estimate, there were 75 deals in the first half of this year, up from 43 a year earlier.
Another report calculates that private equity firms — attracted by the sectors’ fragmented nature and recurring recession-resistant revenue– had already done more platform deals (nine) by July 2019 than they did all of 2018 (six).
This success is happening despite rollbacks in environmental regulation and China’s decision to no longer be the dumping ground for the world’s recycled waste, which has left municipalities and waste companies in the U.S. scrambling for alternatives. But experts say these recent developments offer an opportunity to invest in better solutions that depart from an unsustainable throwaway culture.
The fact is that there are vast opportunities to help municipalities, corporations, and consumers solve the world’s waste problems. And that won’t change, even if the specific opportunities evolve from recycling to offering alternatives to plastic or to turning waste into energy.
Meanwhile, PE is finding more and more opportunities to boost margins and valuations despite high deal prices. Tactics include consolidations, vertical integrations, and new technologies.
Here are the water, waste, and recycling subsectors that are attracting private equity interest —
- Climate change mitigation — Major impacts of climate change range from more severe hurricanes to more frequent wildfires. PE firms are investing in businesses that improve stormwater control or help with cleanup of property damage. For instance, look at how Warren Equity Partners recently bought StormTrap LLC of Romeoville, Ill., which makes concrete systems that store storm water runoff in underground chambers before releasing it at a controlled rate or harvesting it for reuse. And how Delos Capital recently sold commercial and large loss property restoration company Global Restoration Holdings to FirstService Corp. for $530 million.
- Fracking-related waste and wastewater remediation — Private equity firms aren’t just investing in fracking companies – they’re investing in the service providers who help these companies handle their wastewater. Take for example Pritzker Private Capital’s acquisition of Valicor Environmental Services, a leading provider of non-hazardous wastewater treatment services in North America.
- Hazardous Waste — In 2019, hazardous waste is projected to drive about half of total revenue in the waste treatment industry. PE firms are watching state-level regulation around electronic waste, as well as emerging legislation concerning per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) substances.
- Landfills — Waste Business Journal projects that by 2021 only 15 years of landfill capacity will remain. Landfills with lots of room remaining, especially if they have monopoly characteristics, are therefore attractive opportunities.
Thursday, December 12, 2019
8:00am – 5:00pm
Midtown Manhattan, NY
Register now to gain valuable insight as our panelists assess the outlook for the water, waste, & recycling sectors when you attend The Capital Roundtable’s all-day conference on Thursday, December 12, 2019, in New York City.
Three Key Reasons Why You Should Join Us
- Hear which waste and wastewater subsectors are attracting the most interest from private equity investors
- Learn how PE firms are improving portfolio company operations and margins with new technologies and such tactics as vertical integration
- Understand how climate change and sustainable investing are transforming the landscape
- When the outlook for recycling companies will improve
- How recycling companies are successfully renegotiating contracts with municipalities
- How new technologies, like better sorting tech and monomer recycling, may improve the economics of recycling
- Opportunities to invest in and improve water infrastructure as shortages grow
- Prospects for waste, recycling, and wastewater companies in an economic downturn
- How firms are changing their due diligence late in the economic cycle
- How to attract limited partners with ESG mandates
- The kind of transformational deals strategic buyers are looking for
- What are potential exits for fracking water companies
- Tactics for finding workers in a tight job market, including recruiting more women and young people
- Federal and state-level environmental regulations worth watching
- How water and waste companies are responding to new tariffs
- How recent corporate social responsibility initiatives like the Business Roundtable’s new statement on the purpose of a corporation impact waste and recycling companies
Recent Middle-Market Water, Waste, & Recycling Deals
- Kinderhook Industries acquired Avon, Ohio-based Chemtron, a hazardous and non-hazardous waste management provider, from CapitalWorks.
- Stella Environmental Holdings, backed by Hidden Harbor Capital Partners, acquired Dallas-based Jack Herod Trucking. Both companies provide transfer station management and municipal waste logistics services.
- Ironwood Capital sold Lewis Clark Recycling & Disposal LLC, a Harrisburg, Illinois solid waste management company, to Waste Connections.
- Gold Medal Group, a portfolio company of Kinderhook Industries, acquired Earthtech Contracting, a New Jersey provider of recycling services to residential and commercial customers. It was Gold Medal’s sixth add-on.
- Arsenal Capital Partners agreed to buy Little Rock, Arkansas-based Revolution, a provider of sustainable, closed-loop plastic products serving the agricultural, consumer, and industrial markets. Revolution markets plastic solutions for the agricultural sector, which it then recovers, cleans and processes into a post-consumer resin.
- Atar Capital-backed Recycling & Waste Solutions agreed to acquire Sustainable Solutions Group, a Woodstock, Georgia-backed company that develops comprehensive waste reduction programs for commercial clients that include some of the nation’s largest brands.
- Wind Point Partners sold Valicor Environmental Services, a provider of non-hazardous wastewater treatment services in North America, to Pritzker Private Capital.
- Compass Group sold Clean Earth Inc., a specialty waste processing company, for about $625 million to Harsco Corp., and expects to realize a gain of about $200 million on the sale.
Scott Sergeant is a managing director in Houlihan Lokey’s Business Services Group and leads the firm’s Environmental Services practice. Over the past several years, he has transacted with a large number of leading environmental services companies and high-quality financial sponsors that have invested in the sector. He is based in the firm’s New York office.
Previously, he was a member of the firm’s mergers & acquisitions group, focusing almost exclusively on M&A transactions.
This Capital Roundtable conference in midtown, New York City, is all-business, all-targeted, all-designed to be a completely focused day of practical information and revealing insights about water, waste, and recycling companies. You’ll gain valuable insights from —
- Three informative panel discussions
- Two revealing keynote presentations
- Real-world perspectives from company investors
- Industry outlooks from noted sector experts
- War stories and lessons learned from experienced hands
- Scott Sergeant, Managing Director, Houlihan Lokey
- Burt Alimansky, Chairman & CEO, The Capital Roundtable
Preliminary Speaker List
- Max V. Alper, Partner, PPC Enterprises LLC
- Andrew M. Freeman, Managing Director, Fremont Macanta LLC
- Disha Mehta, Senior Vice President, Houlihan Lokey
- Duncan Murdoch, Chief Investment Officer, Boxwood Merger Corp.
- Dickson Suit, Managing Director, Ironwood Capital
7:30am – 8:30am
Networking & Registration & Breakfast
8:30am – 9:00am
Welcoming Remarks & Audience Self-Introductions
9:00am – 9:30am
Conference Chair’s Introduction —
- Scott Sergeant, Managing Director, Houlihan Lokey
9:30am – 10:30am
First Panel —
The PE M&A Surge in Environmental Services – What Factors Are Driving Recent Activity?
10:30am – 11:15am
Networking & Coffee
11:15am – 12:00pm
Morning Conversation —
From Liquid Waste to Fracking to Stormwater Management – Where Are the New Investment Opportunities in Water
12:00pm – 12:30pm
Morning Keynote —
- John Shegerian, Executive Chairman, ERI
12:30pm – 1:30pm
Networking & Luncheon
1:30pm – 2:30pm
Second Panel —
Commodity Prices & the China Plastics Ban – How Has the Calculus Changed for Investors in Recycling Companies
2:30pm – 2:45pm
Networking & Dessert
2:45pm – 3:30pm
Afternoon Conversation —
How the Paradigm Shift of “Waste as a Resource” Is Attracting More Women to Careers in the Space
3:30pm – 4:30pm
Third Panel —
Emerging Waste Streams & Regulations Creating More Opportunities – What Investors Need to Know About PFAS, IMO 2020 & Coal Ash
Networking & Adjournment
Space at this conference is limited, so register as soon as possible to assure yourself a seat. To avoid disappointment, please contact Chris Agar today to confirm your attendance at 212-832-7300 ext. 0 or email@example.com.
Please note that Capital Roundtable limits the number of registrants from a single firm to three.
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Hydrus Technology Holdings Pty
Magna Imperio Systems
New Energy Capital Partners
New Orleans Business Alliance
NewWorld Capital Group
Orion Energy Partners
Poudre Valley Capital
Ridgemont Equity Partners
Sciens Capital Management
Sewickley Capital Partners
Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners
Summer Street Capital Partners
Veolia North America
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