Baird's Investment Banking Group is pleased to announce the following transaction:

July 2021
U-POL Holdings Limited
Sale to Axalta Coatings Systems
Baird served as a exclusive financial advisor to U-POL Holdings Limited on this transaction

U-POL Holdings Limited (“U-POL” or the “Company”), a portfolio company of Graphite Capital (“Graphite”), has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Axalta Coatings Systems (“Axalta”) for a consideration of £428 million. The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2021, subject to clearance under applicable antitrust law and other customary closing requirements.

U-POL is a leading manufacturer of repair and refinish coatings used primarily for automotive refinish and other protective applications. The Company manufactures products in two segments: (1) automotive refinish products that include fillers, putties, coatings, aerosols and related accessories and (2) tough protective coatings for a range of applications including pick-up truck bedliners. U-POL is headquartered in Wellingborough in the United Kingdom and sells its products in over 100 countries.

Graphite is a specialist provider of private equity finance to mid-market companies. Graphite focuses on management buy-outs and also invests in development capital opportunities. It backs companies with enterprise values of £30 million to £175 million. Graphite is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

Axalta is a global leader in the coatings industry, providing customers with innovative, colorful, beautiful and sustainable coatings solutions. From light vehicles, commercial vehicles and refinish applications to electric motors, building facades and other industrial applications, Axalta’s coatings are designed to prevent corrosion, increase productivity and enhance durability. Axalta is headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

For additional information about this transaction, please contact:

Alex Ballantine +44-20-7667-8242
Nick Sealy +44-20-7667-8370
Jon Fitzsimmons +1-414-298-2460
Adam Czaia +1-414-298-7358
Vinay Ghai +44-20-7667-8225
Tom Vercillo +44-20-7667-8536