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Evoqua Agrees to Acquire ProAct Services, Leading Provider of Environmental Treatment Solutions and Services

Wed, 20 Jun 2018 12:00 am EDT

PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Evoqua Water Technologies Corp. (NYSE: AQUA) today announced one of its wholly-owned subsidiaries has signed a definitive agreement to purchase ProAct Services Corporation (“ProAct Services”), a provider of on-site treatment services of contaminated water in all 50 states from private equity firm Hammond, Kennedy, Whitney & Company Inc. and members of management, for $132 million. Upon closing, ProAct Services will operate as a separate division within Evoqua’s Industrial Segment and will continue to be based in Ludington, Michigan. The transaction is expected to close upon receipt of required regulatory approvals and satisfaction of customary closing conditions.

ProAct Services, which has revenues of approximately $54 million and historical adjusted EBITDA of approximately $12 million (for the twelve months ended, March 31, 2018),1 provides an array of expanded offerings for Evoqua across its existing environmental solutions and enhances Evoqua’s service capabilities in mobile/temporary process water and wastewater treatment, hydrostatic water treatment, and coal ash pond remediation.

The company combines engineering expertise with in-field service technicians and a proprietary fleet of modular equipment. It provides customized, on-site groundwater and soil treatment solutions, hydrostatic water treatment and tank degassing solutions to customers including 24 / 7 oversight, maintenance and general operations of the systems. ProAct Services has approximately 180 employees, a nationwide service footprint and facilities in California, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, Virginia and Texas. Evoqua expects to achieve synergies following the close of the transaction.

“ProAct Services has a well-earned reputation for safety, exceptional service, and a commitment to customer satisfaction. The addition of their 900 mobile assets using remote-monitoring technology enhances Evoqua’s ability to be a ‘one-stop shop’ for customers that are looking for temporary and mobile water treatment solutions,” said Ron Keating, Evoqua Chief Executive Officer. “In addition, ProAct will expand our portfolio offerings as we service our industrial customers’ needs across a complete line of environmental solutions.”

“We look forward to welcoming the ProAct team to Evoqua and to growing together by delivering a broader set of solutions to our customers as the premier outsourced water services provider,” added Keating.

“We are enthusiastic to join the Evoqua team,” said ProAct Services’ CEO Gerard Smiddy. “Not only are our businesses complementary, but so is Evoqua’s commitment to safety, growth, and helping its customers and partners to succeed.”

Evoqua intends to finance the acquisition using an incremental $150 million first lien term loan. The funds will be used to support this transaction, as well as to replenish the internally funded purchases of two recent acquisitions, and for general corporate purposes. Pro forma net leverage is expected to be approximately 3.6x following the transaction and financing.

About Evoqua

Evoqua Water Technologies is a leading provider of mission critical water treatment solutions, offering services, systems and technologies to support its customers’ full water lifecycle needs. Evoqua Water Technologies has worked to protect water, the environment and its employees for more than 100 years, earning a reputation for quality, safety and reliability around the world. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Evoqua operates 160 locations in eight countries and, with over 200,000 installations and 87 service branches, is a leader in North American industrial, commercial and municipal water treatment, serving more than 38,000 customers worldwide.

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1 Such information provided by ProAct management.


About Evoqua Water Technologies

Evoqua Water Technologies is a leading provider of mission critical water and wastewater treatment solutions, offering a broad portfolio of products, services and expertise to support industrial, municipal and recreational customers who value water. Evoqua has worked to protect water, the environment and its employees for more than 100 years, earning a reputation for quality, safety and reliability around the world. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the company operates in more than 150 locations across nine countries. Serving more than 38,000 customers and 200,000 installations worldwide, our employees are united by a common purpose: Transforming Water. Enriching Life®.


DESOTEC, founded in 1990, is the leading European provider of mobile filtration solutions through a unique and circular service concept, which helps protect the planet by enabling clean water, air, and soil. DESOTEC's customer base is constantly growing thanks to a strong focus on 24/7 service and a commitment to design and deliver the best solution in close dialogue with the customer. Through in-depth expertise of industrial applications and continuous investment in mobile filters, reactivation capacity and well-positioned hubs, DESOTEC ensures that the industry can meet the increasing regulations for a better and cleaner environment. Private equity funds managed by Blackstone acquired DESOTEC in 2021. Further information is available at www.desotec.com.

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