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03.04.14 Altamont Capital Partners Invests In Celestite Holdings

Altamont Capital Partners Invests In Celestite Holdings

DALLAS and PALO ALTO, Calif., March 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Altamont Capital Partners (Altamont) today announced a majority equity investment into Celestite, a leading insurance managing general agency focused on the non-standard auto market. Led by founder Richard Asprey, who will remain CEO and a major shareholder in the company, Celestite has grown consistently through its multiple insurance programs since its founding in 2007.

Richard, commenting on the deal, said: "Our focus has always been on building a scalable business through the right people, systems and partners. We've been fortunate to work with some of the strongest names in the insurance and reinsurance markets, who have supported the company from its founding to today. As we look to the company's future growth opportunities, Altamont's deep experience and extensive network in the insurance industry make them a uniquely strong partner for us."

Keoni Schwartz, Managing Director at Altamont said: "Celestite's demonstrated ability to profitably grow its business, and that of its insurance partners, is highly differentiated. Celestite also has particularly strong relationships with its retail agents driven by the company's focus on solid underwriting and great customer service. We are excited to partner with Richard and his team to build on the company's successful history and to support them in capturing the numerous organic and inorganic growth opportunities ahead."

Jon Altman, Principal at Altamont added: "One of Celestite's greatest strengths is its senior leadership. Richard, along with the company's CFO, Bob Newton, and COO, Lauren Moore, have built a fantastic platform. We look forward to supporting them as they continue building the business. We are enthusiastic about Celestite's tremendous potential and excited to be part of the company's next stage of progress."

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Dowling Hales and Akin Gump served as Celestite's financial and legal advisors, respectively. Altamont was advised by Ropes & Gray.

About Altamont Capital Partners

Altamont Capital Partners is a private investment firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area with over $1 billion of capital under management. Altamont is focused on investing in middle market businesses where it can partner with leading management teams to help its portfolio companies reach their full potential. The firm's principals have significant experience building business success stories across a range of industries, including financial services, government services, consumer/retail, industrials, and healthcare.

About Celestite

Celestite Holdings, headquartered in Dallas, TX, operates multiple insurance programs in several Southwestern states. Celestite began writing non-standard auto policies in Texas with its initial program in 2007 and has since expanded to additional states and programs. The Company works on behalf of insurers and reinsurers to market, underwrite coverage, manage claims and administer virtually all traditional insurance company functions.

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01.21.14 Altamont Capital Partners Announces Leadership Promotions and Appointment of New Vice President

Altamont Capital Partners Announces Leadership Promotions and Appointment of New Vice President

Palo Alto, CA, January 21, 2014 — Altamont Capital Partners (Altamont) today announced that Steve Brownlie has been promoted to Managing Director. Steve has been with Altamont since the inception of the firm.

In addition, Jon Altman and Alex Rolfe, also members of the original Altamont team, were promoted to Principal, and Sam Gaynor and Kevin Mason to Vice President.

Melissa Kennedy has joined as a Vice President.

“Steve, Jon, Alex, Sam and Kevin have made extraordinary contributions to the firm and these promotions are richly deserved. We welcome Melissa to our team and look forward to working with her,” said Jesse Rogers, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Altamont Capital Partners.

The firm is coming off a successful 2013 with investments in DAKINE, Mervin Manufacturing Inc., Wunderlich Investment Corp., and the formation of Tall Tree Foods, an ACP specialty foods holding company.

About Altamont Capital Partners

Altamont Capital Partners is a private investment firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Altamont is focused on investing in middle market businesses where it can partner with leading management teams to help its portfolio companies reach their full potential. The Firm’s principals have significant experience building business success stories across a range of industries, including consumer/retail, financial services, business services, industrials and healthcare.

For further information:

Brunswick Group on behalf of Altamont
Aman Battish
415 671 7676
abattish@brunswickgroup.com
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07.01.13 Altamont Capital Acquires Richard’s Cajun Foods and Blue Ribbon Bacon & Sausage

Altamont Capital Acquires Richard’s Cajun Foods and Blue Ribbon Bacon & Sausage
First Acquisition by Newly Formed Packaged Food/Beverage Holding Company

Palo Alto, CA, Houston, TX, Lafayette, LA, July 1, 2013 — Altamont Capital Partners (Altamont) today announced the acquisition of Richard’s Cajun Foods, a leading manufacturer of authentic Cajun food products, and Blue Ribbon, a leading South East Texas bacon and sausage brand (together the “Companies”) from Atlantic Premium Brands (Atlantic). The acquisition includes the Carlton factory in New Braunfels, TX and the Richard’s factory in Church Point, LA.

Richard’s (pronounced “Reeshards”), founded in 1981, has a portfolio of smoked sausages, ready-to-eat-meals and other traditional Cajun products sold in Louisiana, Texas and other Southeast states. Blue Ribbon, founded in 1948, has a long history as a beloved brand of bacon and sausage in the South East Texas market.

The Companies will form the basis of Tall Tree Foods Holdings Inc., a newly formed holding company led by Altamont’s operating partner Tim Bruer, previously a CEO for several specialty food companies, including Nonni’s Food Co., and prior to that a Vice-President/General Manager for Nestle’s Culinary Products Division. “These are two strong regional brands with the potential for growth in both their current markets and beyond,” commented Tim.

Commenting on the deal, Steve Brownlie, Principal at Altamont said: “Richard’s and Blue Ribbon have incredibly deep roots and a long history in the markets they serve. We are excited to build on the successful history and support the management team in capturing the numerous growth opportunities ahead. We are thrilled to begin our partnership with Tim as CEO, and look forward to building the Tall Tree Foods platform leveraging his experience and expertise.”

About Altamont Capital Partners

Altamont Capital Partners is a private investment firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area with approximately $500 million of capital under management. Altamont is focused on investing in middle market businesses where it can partner with leading management teams to help its portfolio companies reach their full potential. The firm’s principals have significant experience building business success stories across a range of industries, including government services, financial services, consumer/retail, industrials, and healthcare.

About Atlantic Premium Brands

Atlantic Premium Brands, Ltd. is a food holding company with a long history of acquiring, growing and divesting specialty meat, food and beverage businesses. Formerly a publicly traded company, the stock is now principally owned by a group of private investors.

For further information:

Brunswick Group on behalf of Altamont
Aman Battish
415 671 7676
abattish@brunswickgroup.com
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01.18.13 Tim Bruer joins Altamont Capital to pursue food & beverage investment opportunities

Tim Bruer joins Altamont Capital to pursue food & beverage investment opportunities

Palo Alto, CA, January 18, 2013 — Altamont Capital Partners (Altamont), the San Francisco Bay area-based middle market private equity firm, announced today that Tim Bruer has joined the firm as an Operating Partner. Mr. Bruer will focus primarily on investment opportunities in the food and beverage sectors. Altamont has a strong focus on these sectors and is excited to work with Mr. Bruer to build upon its recent investment in Tacala.

Jesse Rogers, Managing Director of Altamont, commented: “We are excited to welcome Tim to our team. We have known and worked with Tim over the years and we believe his extensive experience in the food and consumer sectors will present attractive investment opportunities that fit well with Altamont’s strategy. His industry expertise and network of relationships, together with his track record of success as an operator, will make him a valuable partner as we grow our presence in these sectors.”

Mr. Bruer has extensive operational and CEO experience with multiple food companies, including Genisoy Food Co. and Nonni’s Food Co., where he grew sales from $20 million to $155 million in four years. As Vice-President/General Manager for the Culinary Products Division of Nestle, Mr. Bruer led a turnaround from ($17 million) to $20 million of operating profit in two years. Mr. Bruer’s expertise extends to the infant products space, as his most recent role was CEO of ERGObaby Carrier Inc., a leading designer of baby carriers and accessories. Early in his career, Mr. Bruer was a Vice-President at Bain & Co., focusing on business strategy for consumer product companies, corporate acquisitions, post-merger integration, and supply chain management. He served on the Board of Directors for Del Monte Foods and Authentic Specialty Foods. Mr. Bruer holds an MBA in Marketing and Finance from the University of Chicago, and a BA in Economics from Stanford University.

Mr. Bruer added: “I am excited to join the great team at Altamont, many of whom I worked with in the past at Bain and later when I was at Nestle. Altamont has an outstanding record in pursuing and adding value to middle market investments, and I feel fortunate to join them in extending this effort to the food/consumer product sector.”

About Altamont Capital Partners

Altamont Capital Partners is a private equity firm based in the San Francisco Bay area with $500 million in capital, focused on investing in change-intensive middle market businesses. The firm’s principals have significant experience building business success stories across a range of industries and transaction types. Altamont is particularly drawn to companies which are constrained for some reason from realizing their full potential. The firm seeks to work in partnership with management to implement strategic and operational change. Altamont is a generalist firm with deep experience in several verticals including business services, financial services, industrials, healthcare, consumer and retail.

For further information:

Brunswick Group on behalf of Altamont
Aman Battish
415 671 7676
abattish@brunswickgroup.com
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12.21.12 Altamont Capital Partners Acquires OMNIPLEX World Services Corporation

Altamont Capital Partners Acquires Omniplex World Services Corporation
Firm completes acquisition of a majority stake in leading government security and background investigations provider

Chantilly, VA and Palo Alto, CA, December 21, 2012 — OMNIPLEX World Services Corporation, a leading provider of government security and background investigations services, announced today that Altamont Capital Partners, a $500 million private equity firm, completed a majority investment in the company.

Julien Patterson, Founder and Chairman of OMNIPLEX said, “From our beginning in 1990 to date, every success that OMNIPLEX has achieved is directly attributable to the outstanding men and women who have brought their special skills, knowledge, and professionalism to our team. For that reason, we were focused on finding the right partner who understood and appreciated these exceptional men and women. Early in our discussions, Altamont showed an understanding of our unique business and unwavering commitment to maintaining our reputation for the highest quality service.”

Terri Wesselman, CEO and Co-Founder of OMNIPLEX added, “Altamont also brings significant operational and financial resources to OMNIPLEX that will help it to better serve its customers. We’re excited to have them as partners.”

OMNIPLEX is one of the largest providers of premium physical security support services and Federal background investigations to the US Government and commercial clients. OMNIPLEX’s customers rely on the background investigation support services it provides as a vital component in determining an individual’s security clearance approval, and they trust OMNIPLEX’s security professionals with protecting their most classified assets.

Commenting on the transaction, Randall Eason, Managing Director of Altamont said: “OMNIPLEX is one of the strongest companies we’ve seen within the government services sector. The mission critical nature of their services combined with their consistent track record has meant that, even in this period of fiscal conservatism, OMNIPLEX is facing growth opportunities.”

Casey Lynch, Managing Director of Altamont added, “We focus particularly on investing in companies with a strong and loyal customer base, and OMNIPLEX has a stellar track record in this area. We are excited to support OMNIPLEX as it invests for the future.”

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Bluestone Capital Partners served as OMNIPLEX’s financial advisor on the transaction.

About OMNIPLEX World Services Corporation

OMNIPLEX World Services Corporation is a privately held company based in Chantilly, Va. OMNIPLEX is a leader and innovator in delivering intelligence, investigative and security services to prestigious corporations and government agencies. A top-five company in its service markets, OMNIPLEX is guided by the corporate philosophy of “Right People. Right Values ®.”
www.omniplex.com

About Altamont Capital Partners

Altamont Capital Partners is a private investment firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area with approximately $500 million of capital under management. Altamont is focused on investing in middle market businesses where it can partner with leading management teams to help its portfolio companies reach their full potential. The firm’s principals have significant experience building business success stories across a range of industries, including government services, financial services, consumer/retail, industrials, and healthcare.

For further information:

OMNIPLEX World Services Corporation
James Moore 703 652 3146
jmoore@omniplex.com

Brunswick Group on behalf of Altamont
Aman Battish
415 671 7676
abattish@brunswickgroup.com
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12.20.12 Altamont Capital Partners Acquires Tacala LLC

Altamont Capital Partners Acquires Tacala LLC
Firm partners with management to grow leading quick-service restaurant franchisee

Palo Alto, CA and Birmingham, AL, December 20, 2012 — Altamont Capital Partners (Altamont) today announced that it has acquired Tacala, LLC and a related company, Boom Foods, LLC, in partnership with management. Tacala is one of the nation’s largest franchisees of Taco Bell, operating 162 stores in the Southeastern United States. Boom Foods is a leading Sonic, America’s Drive-In franchisee with 66 locations. Management will continue to look for opportunities to grow in both businesses through new store development and acquisitions.

The businesses will be led by Tim Morrison and Joey Pierson, who will continue as Tacala’s President and CFO, respectively. Don Ghareeb, who founded the business with Dick Reese in 1989, will remain an active board member and advisor to the companies. “I am extremely proud of the business and legacy my partners and I have built over the last 24 years. My co-managing partner, Elizabeth Ghareeb, has also been instrumental in the companies’ success,” Don commented. He added: “I’m very confident in our management team and believe that Altamont is the right capital partner for Tacala’s continued growth.”

Echoing that sentiment, Randall Eason, Managing Director of Altamont said: “We are thrilled to partner with Tim, Joey and the rest of the management team. Don has created a world class organization and that was a big part of our attraction to the company. We look forward to the opportunity to contribute to the terrific platform they have built.”

Steve Brownlie, Principal of Altamont, added: “Tacala’s growth and success are testaments to both the strength of the Taco Bell brand and to the talent of the Tacala management team.”

Based in Birmingham, AL, Tacala operates Taco Bell restaurants in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, and North Carolina with a significant presence in each of its local markets. Boom operates Sonic restaurants in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia.

Trinity Capital, Paul Hastings LLP, and Burr & Forman LLP advised Tacala while Ropes & Gray LLP advised and represented Altamont.

About Tacala LLC and Boom Foods LLC

Tacala is a leading Taco Bell quick service restaurant franchisee based in Birmingham, AL. Boom Foods is a leading Sonic, America’s Drive-In franchisee based in Birmingham, AL.
www.Tacala.com

About Altamont Capital Partners

Altamont Capital Partners is a private investment firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area with approximately $500 million of capital under management. Altamont is focused on investing in middle market businesses where it can partner with leading management teams to help its portfolio companies reach their full potential. The firm’s principals have significant experience building business success stories across a range of industries, including financial services, consumer/retail, industrials, healthcare and business services.

For further information:

Tacala, LLC
Tim Morrison
Joey Pierson
205 443 9600

Brunswick Group on behalf of Altamont
Aman Battish
415 671 7676
abattish@brunswickgroup.com
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12.17.12 Altamont Capital Partners Acquires Cascade Windows

Altamont Capital Partners Acquires Cascade Windows
Firm completes recapitalization of leading window manufacturer in the Western U.S.

Spokane, WA, December 17, 2012 — Cascade Windows, a leading Western U.S. window manufacturer, announced that Altamont Capital Partners, a $500 million private equity firm, acquired the company as part of a restructuring with existing lenders and equity holders. Altamont’s ownership will enable Cascade to enhance its leadership position and provide resources to pursue growth opportunities in the market.

“We’re excited to partner with Altamont. Altamont’s operational focus and expertise in building middle-market companies will be invaluable to us as we look to grow the company. This transaction also significantly improves our balance sheet, allowing us the flexibility to better serve our customers,” said Randy Emerson, CEO of Cascade.

With manufacturing facilities in Spokane, WA, Portland, OR, and Salt Lake City, UT, Cascade is one of the largest producers of vinyl windows in the Western U.S. The company serves both new construction and repair & remodel markets with high-quality products, exceptional service and affordable pricing.

Commenting on the transaction, Randall Eason, Managing Director of Altamont said: “Cascade is one of the top window manufacturer platforms in the Western U.S., with a longstanding reputation of providing great products to its customers. Randy and his team have done an excellent job of managing the business over the last several years in a difficult operating environment - this recapitalization will position the company to better serve its customers going forward. We are excited to support the company’s next stage of growth as the sector rebounds from an unprecedented downturn.”

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Duff & Phelps served as Cascade’s financial advisor on the transaction.

About Cascade Windows

Cascade Windows is headquartered in Spokane, WA and serves over 1400 partner customers across the Western US and Canada. Cascade manufactures a complete line of custom vinyl windows and patio doors for virtually any application. Energy efficiency and value are the cornerstones of Cascade’s offering. Whether building a high-end custom home or replacing windows in a 1920’s bungalow, Cascade is the window of choice for contractors and homeowners.
www.cascadewindows.com

About Altamont Capital Partners

Altamont Capital Partners is a private investment firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area with approximately $500 million of capital under management. Altamont is focused on investing in middle-market businesses where it can partner with leading management teams to help its portfolio companies reach their full potential. The firm’s principals have significant experience building business success stories across a range of industries, including financial services, consumer/retail, industrials, healthcare and business services.

For further information:

Cascade Windows
800 442 8544
marketing@cascadewindows.com

Brunswick Group on behalf of Altamont
Aman Battish
415 671 7676
abattish@brunswickgroup.com
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07.24.12Altamont Capital Partners Acquires Specialty Pharmacy Divisions of Modern HEALTHcare and Acquires A-Med Specialty Pharmacy Division

Altamont Capital Partners Acquires Specialty Pharmacy Divisions of Modern HEALTHcare and Acquires A-Med Specialty Pharmacy Division
Firm completes simultaneous carve-outs of ModernHEALTH Specialty Pharmacy and specialty pharmacy operations of A-Med Healthcare.

Palo Alto, CA, July 24, 2012 — Altamont Capital Partners (Altamont) today announced that it has provided capital to support the carve-out of the specialty pharmacy operations of Modern HEALTHcare, Inc. The new company, called ModernHEALTH Specialty Pharmacy, has also simultaneously acquired the specialty pharmacy operations of A-Med Healthcare.

“Over the years we have built a substantial specialty pharmacy business at Modern including BioFusion, a leader in the specialty infusion market. Continuing to build these businesses as an independent platform with a strong financial partner will allow us to better serve our patients and capitalize on the substantial growth opportunities we see in the marketplace. Altamont was the best partner for us given their deep industry knowledge and strong capability for handling complex transactions,” said Richard Katz, CEO of ModernHEALTH Specialty Pharmacy.

Commenting on the transaction, Casey Lynch, Managing Director of Altamont said:
“Rick and the team at Modern and BioFusion have done an exceptional job working with physicians, payors and manufacturers to generate great outcomes for patients. This has led to strong growth and an outstanding reputation in the market. This type of high quality care is also clearly reflected at A-Med, making the two businesses a natural combination. We are excited to continue to build this company over the coming years both organically and through additional add-on acquisitions.”

The new ModernHEALTH Specialty will be based in Monrovia, CA. The Company will serve the needs of over six thousand patients in fifteen states. The Company will focus on specialty infusion, particularly IVIG therapy, as well as specialty pharmaceutical therapies with high service needs such as HIV, Cystic Fibrosis, Transplant, Hepatitis C and Multiple Sclerosis among others.

Keoni Schwartz, Managing Director of Altamont, added:
“The specialty pharmacy market offers a lot of opportunity for a company that can combine both scale and high-touch service. We are thrilled to support the Modern team.”

Larry Thacker, CEO of A-Med Healthcare commented:
“The combination of Modern and A-Med creates an outstanding provider for patients with high service needs such as Transplant Patients and those affected by HIV, CF and MS. This is a great outcome for our employees, physician partners and patients.”

William Blair & Company, LLC and Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP, advised and represented Modern on the transaction while Ropes & Gray LLP advised and represented Altamont.

About Modern Health Specialty

Modern Health Specialty Pharmacy is a leading specialty pharmacy based in Monrovia California. The Company serves patients with complex pharmaceutical therapies including HIV, Cystic Fibrosis, Transplant, Hepatitis C, Multiple Sclerosis among others. The Company’s BioFusion division is a national leader in IVIG infusion therapy.
www.modernhealthinc.com

About Altamont Capital Partners

Altamont Capital Partners is a private investment firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area with approximately $500 million of capital under management. Altamont is focused on investing in middle market businesses where it can partner with leading management teams to help its portfolio companies reach their full potential. The firm’s principals have significant experience building business success stories across a range of industries, including financial services, consumer/retail, industrials, healthcare and business services.

For further information:

Sherri Cherman
ModernHEALTH Specialty Pharmacy
626 932 1603
scherman@modernhealthinc.com

Brunswick Group on behalf of Altamont
Carol Roos
415 671 7676
croos@brunswickgroup.com
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09.14.11Altamont Capital Partners backs McLarens Young International to merge with Airclaims

Altamont Capital Partners backs McLarens Young International to merge with Airclaims
Investment firm provides capital to global insurance loss adjuster to merge with aviation claims industry leader

Palo Alto, CA, September 14, 2011 — Altamont Capital Partners (Altamont) today announced that it has provided capital to support McLarens Young International (MYI), a global insurance loss adjuster, in its merger with Airclaims, the loss adjusting leader in the aviation industry.

“We chose Altamont as a partner because of their deep knowledge of our industry and shared vision of our strategy. It was important for us to work with a firm that understands our business and that will play an active role in our growth,” said Vern Chalfant, MYI’s Chief Executive Officer. “I have known the principals of Altamont for years and am excited to have them as a partner.”

Altamont is a $500 million private equity fund focused on investing with strong management teams in industry-leading businesses and helping them realize their full potential. MYI is the firm’s third investment from its inaugural investment fund.

Commenting on the transaction, Keoni Schwartz, Managing Director of Altamont said:

“MYI is one of a few truly global providers in the loss adjusting industry, and is known particularly for the high quality of its adjusters and their ability to handle a broad range of claims. Similarly, Airclaims is recognized within the aviation industry for its high quality services and technical expertise. We believe the two companies are a natural fit and will enhance each other’s brands.”

Casey Lynch, Managing Director of Altamont, added: “We are seeing that underwriters, brokers, and self-insured companies increasingly prefer a consistent, streamlined global loss adjusting solution. MYI is benefitting from this shift, and merging with Airclaims enables MYI to provide an even more comprehensive set of services to an expanded customer base.”

Schwartz concluded: “Vern Chalfant and his executive team have built an excellent business with a recognized reputation for quality. We are excited to help them continue to grow, both organically and through acquisition.”

About McLarens Young International

McLarens Young International (MYI) performs claims management, loss adjusting, pre-risk and damage surveying, and auditing services for companies throughout the world. Specific areas of expertise include Property, Casualty, Technical Services, Transportation, Crime & Specie, Claims Management, and Audit. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, MYI has offices around the world. MYI’s global footprint enables it to provide streamlined consistent service to global customers, while at the same time delivering local expertise and responsive service. MYI is the only global, employee-owned loss adjusting firm in the world. MYI’s adjusters have an average of over 20 years of claims experience, and this experience is a key part of how MYI has built its reputation for high quality loss adjusting services.
www.mclarensyoung.com

About Airclaims

Airclaims is the world’s leading provider of aviation claims, risk and asset management services to the global aviation industry. Airclaims’ experienced aviation professionals deliver an unparalleled service, providing seamless, comprehensive and independent solutions to the aviation insurance market, aircraft operators, lessors, and financial institutions. With offices around the world, Airclaims has the global reach and local presence necessary to rapidly respond to its clients’ needs.
www.airclaims.com

About Altamont Capital Partners

Altamont Capital Partners is a private investment firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area with approximately $500 million of capital under management. Altamont is focused on investing in middle market businesses where it can partner with leading management teams to help its portfolio companies reach their full potential. The firm’s principals have significant experience building business success stories across a range of industries, including financial services, consumer/retail, industrials, healthcare and business services.

For further information:

Chris Smith
McLarens Young International
305 751 3841
Chris.smith@mclarensyoung.com

Brunswick Group on behalf of Altamont
Carol Roos
415 671 7676
croos@brunswickgroup.com
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06.09.11Altamont Capital Partners invests in The Robert Allen Group

Altamont Capital Partners invests in The Robert Allen Group
Investment firm partners with management to grow leading designer fabric business

New York and Palo Alto, CA, June 9, 2011 — The Robert Allen Group, the New York City-based, leading designer and marketer of decorative fabrics and furnishings, and private equity firm Altamont Capital Partners (Altamont) today announced that The Robert Allen Group has received an equity investment from Altamont.

“We are highly enthusiastic about the combination of strategic guidance and financial backing that Altamont offers our business,” said Robert Allen’s Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Jeff Cordover. The Cordover family maintains a significant ongoing equity ownership stake in the business.

Altamont is a $500 million private equity fund focused on investing in industry-leading businesses and helping them realize their full potential. Robert Allen is the firm’s second investment from its inaugural investment fund.

“Robert Allen is a market leader with premium brands and a long history of innovation in the designer fabric industry,“ said Steve Brownlie, Principal of Altamont. “We believe that the additional capital will allow the Company to expand both organically and through acquisitions, and we look forward to supporting the existing management team in their pursuit of the many opportunities the industry presents.“

Robert Allen will continue to provide world class service, support and products to the country’s leading interior design professionals and commercial customers.

“This investment will allow us to build on our success as the preeminent resource to the trade,” said Cordover. “We are proud of Robert Allen’s long history of innovation and look forward to continuing to build upon that legacy.”

Stifel Nicolaus Weisel served as Robert Allen’s financial advisor on the transaction.

About Robert Allen

The Robert Allen Group is the nation's leading designer and marketer of decorative fabrics and furnishings to the interior design trade. The Company sells its products under the Beacon Hill, Robert Allen, Robert Allen Contract and Robert Allen @ Home brands. The Company has showroom locations throughout the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, and an extensive worldwide agent showroom network. For customer service in the U.S., please call 800-333-3777.
www.robertallendesign.com

About Altamont Capital Partners

Altamont Capital Partners is a private investment firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area with approximately $500 million of capital under management. Altamont is focused on investing in middle market businesses where it can partner with leading management teams to help its portfolio companies reach their full potential. The firm’s principals have significant experience building business success stories across a range of industries, including financial services, consumer/retail, industrials, healthcare and business services.

For further information:

Jolie Cross Cohen
The Robert Allen Group
212.576.9115
jcross@robertallendesign.com

Brunswick Group on behalf of Altamont
Carol Roos
415 671 7480 (o)
415 309 1341 (c)
croos@brunswickgroup.com
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05.03.11Altamont Capital Partners acquires J.D. Byrider

ALTAMONT CAPITAL PARTNERS ACQUIRES J.D. BYRIDER
Investment firm partners with management to grow leading automotive franchise

Indianapolis, IN and Palo Alto, CA, May 3, 2011 — J.D. Byrider, the Indianapolis-based leading used car sales and finance business, announced today that it has been acquired by private equity firm Altamont Capital Partners (Altamont). Stephens Inc. served as J.D. Byrider’s financial advisor on the transaction.

With a long-term investment horizon, Altamont will provide strategic direction, experienced resources and additional capital to support the company’s growth and franchisee expansion initiatives. The acquisition of J.D. Byrider is Altamont’s first investment from its $500 million inaugural fund, which closed late last year. The firm is focused on acquiring and building middle-market businesses across a range of industries.

J.D. Byrider’s current President of Franchising Steven E. Wedding will assume the role of CEO, and the J.D. Byrider executive team will remain in place. James F. DeVoe, Jr. will remain a member of the board of directors and will serve as a consultant to the company.

“This is a milestone day for J.D. Byrider,” said Wedding. “As a result of nurturing the J.D. Byrider brand over 20 years, our company is and has always been the leader of the used car sales and finance industry. We have a unique franchising model, and our proprietary Discover System is the industry’s premier software. With this transaction, J.D. Byrider will be able to fully capitalize on existing business opportunities, including a large and fragmented market, and an expanding customer base. The investment will also allow J.D. Byrider to expand franchise-owned stores, add company-owned locations, pursue acquisitions and create additional opportunities for employee advancement.”

“This is an opportunity to bring innovation, sharper strategic focus and new capital to a business that is ripe for growth,” said Keoni Schwartz, Managing Director of Altamont. “We are enthusiastic about the opportunity to partner with Steve and his team to continue the work and make the investments required to help the company realize its full potential.”

The company expects expansion to occur in several markets, and those interested in acquiring a franchise are encouraged to visit franchise.jdbyrider.com.

“Our business model is proven,” said Wedding. “We’re eager to team with new franchisees who recognize a tremendous opportunity to join our growing system.”

About J.D. Byrider

Founded in 1989 by the late James F. DeVoe, Sr., J.D. Byrider is the nation’s leading used car sales and finance enterprise. The company was founded to serve customers with special auto financing needs and to ensure that they receive the same quality service in every J.D. Byrider dealership. With nearly 900,000 consumers matched to quality, affordable vehicles, the company continues its focus on reliability and customer satisfaction. Headquartered near Indianapolis in Carmel, Ind., J.D. Byrider consists of 127 franchised- and company-owned dealerships in 29 states. Visit www.jdbyrider.com to learn more.

About Altamont Capital Partners

Altamont Capital Partners is a private investment firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area with approximately $500 million of capital under management. Altamont is focused on investing in middle market businesses where it can partner with leading management teams to help its portfolio companies reach their full potential. The firm’s principals have significant experience building business success stories across a range of industries, including financial services, consumer/retail, industrials, healthcare and business services.

For further information:

Borshoff on behalf of J.D. Byrider
Chad Mertz
317.631.6400
chad.mertz@borshoff.biz

Brunswick Group on behalf of Altamont
Carol Roos
415 671 7480 (o)
415 309 1341 (c)
croos@brunswickgroup.com
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02.15.11Lionel Conacher joins Altamont Capital to pursue Canadian investment opportunities

Lionel Conacher joins Altamont Capital to pursue Canadian investment opportunities

Palo Alto, CA, February 15, 2011 — Altamont Capital Partners (Altamont), the San Francisco Bay area-based middle market private equity firm, announced today that Lionel Conacher has joined the firm as a Senior Advisor. Mr. Conacher will focus primarily on investment opportunities in Canada.

Jesse Rogers, Managing Director of Altamont, commented: “We are thrilled to welcome Lionel to our team. His combination of operating experience, complementary industry expertise, local market knowledge and extensive relationship network will help us immensely in extending our reach into the Canadian business community. We believe the region presents significant opportunities for our investment strategy.”

Mr. Conacher grew up in and spent the bulk of his professional career in Canada. Most recently he was President and Chief Operating Officer of Thomas Weisel Partners (TWP), the San Francisco-headquartered investment bank. He joined TWP in 2008 from Westwind Partners, a boutique institutional investment bank based in Toronto, which he co-founded in 2002 and led as President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Conacher grew Westwind, which focused on the energy, mining, and TMT sectors, to $100 million in revenue and 100 people and led the sale of the firm to TWP in 2007. Previously, Mr. Conacher worked for Citigroup, Hees International Bancorp (now Brookfield Asset Management) and First Marathon Securities (now National Bank Financial).

Mr. Conacher added: “I feel fortunate to join this premier group of investors. The Altamont team has an outstanding track record of successfully pursuing complicated and change-intensive middle market investment opportunities. I’m confident that together we offer a unique blend of skills and experience and that we will find numerous attractive opportunities to invest with Canadian businesses.”

About Altamont Capital Partners

Altamont Capital Partners is a private equity firm based in the San Francisco Bay area with $500 million in capital, focused on investing in change-intensive middle market businesses. The firm’s principals have significant experience building business success stories across a range of industries and transaction types. Altamont is particularly drawn to companies which are constrained for some reason from realizing their full potential. The firm seeks to work in partnership with management to implement strategic and operational change. Altamont is a generalist firm with deep experience in several verticals including business services, financial services, industrials, healthcare, consumer and retail.

For further information:

Brunswick Group on behalf of Altamont
Carol Roos
415 671 7480 (o)
415 309 1341 (c)
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01.27.11Altamont Capital Partners closes first fund with $500 million

Altamont Capital Partners closes first fund with $500 million

Palo Alto, CA, January 27th, 2011 — Altamont Capital Partners (Altamont), a private equity firm based in Palo Alto, today announced that it has successfully closed its first fund with $500 million of capital, with approximately 10% coming from the General Partner and its affiliates. Altamont was formed in 2010 by private equity veterans Jesse Rogers, Randall Eason and Keoni Schwartz. The fund will invest in change-intensive, middle market businesses across a range of industries, specifically seeking more complex situations where Altamont can partner with management to implement strategic and operational change. The fund will target investments between $10-75 million in equity, primarily for control positions.

Altamont’s Managing Directors, Jesse Rogers, Randall Eason, and Keoni Schwartz, who previously worked together at Golden Gate Capital and Bain & Company, have a successful track record employing this investment strategy.

Commenting on the announcement, Jesse Rogers, Altamont Managing Director said: “We are thrilled to launch Altamont and feel fortunate that our inaugural fund has the support of a premier group of investors drawn from around the world. We are excited about our team and about the opportunities we see in the market.”

Rogers continued: “We are particularly drawn to companies that are constrained from realizing their full potential, and we have significant experience working with management teams to build success stories across a range of industries and transaction types. Our returns are driven much more by helping build and improve businesses than by financial engineering. We are flexible, and have freedom to quickly tailor creative, customized solutions which best fit the unique needs of complicated transactions. We pride ourselves on our ability to address these complexities, which are often difficult to analyze, and require substantial time and resources.

With patient capital enabled by a longer than average fund life, we believe Altamont is uniquely equipped to work with management teams and business owners.”

For further information:

Brunswick Group on behalf of Altamont
Carol Roos
415 671 7480 (o)
415 309 1341 (c)
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