Ares, Ontario Teachers To Buy CPG International

Target: CPG International Inc

Price: As much as $1.5 billion

Sponsors: Ares Management LLC, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

Seller: AEA Investors LP

Financial Advisers: Target: Barclays, Deutsche Bank Securities Inc; Sponsors: JPMorgan Securities, UBS Investment Bank

Legal Counsel: Target: Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP; Sponsors: Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Building products makers, like CPG, have not seen the same growth that homebuilders have enjoyed in the past two years as they faced a labor shortage and a lack of financing options. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but people familiar with the matter told Reuters in July that Ares was one of several private equity bidders and CPG could fetch as much as $1.5 billion.

CPG, owned by private equity firm AEA Investors LP, makes building supplies such as outdoor decking, porch boards and plastic restroom partitions for the residential and commercial markets.

Ares and Ontario Teachers’ will own an equal stake in CPG, with the company’s management retaining a minority stake. Scranton, Pennsylvania-based CPG, which has more than $500 million in annual revenue, filed for an initial public offering in 2011 but it never went ahead.

A sale to a private equity firm might be a better option for CPG given recent weakness in the stocks of housing companies. Real estate investment trust American Homes 4 Rent priced its IPO in July at the low end of its expected price range.

Ontario Teachers’ and peers such as the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec have been among the world’s most active dealmakers recently, with major bets on real estate, natural resources and infrastructure.