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Levine Leichtman Capital Partners Acquires USA Water

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LOS ANGELES, February 22, 2024-- Levine Leichtman Capital Partners (“LLCP”), a Los Angeles-based private equity firm, announced today that it has acquired USA Water (the “Company”) from Warren Equity Partners in partnership with management. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Headquartered in Rosenberg, Texas, USA Water is a leading provider of operations and maintenance (“O&M”) services for water and wastewater systems across the Southeast United States. The Company’s non-discretionary services enable municipalities and utility districts to entrust their water infrastructure maintenance, asset management, and regulatory compliance needs to a professional partner of scale. USA Water’s industry-leading technical expertise and comprehensive service offering play a critical role in ensuring the integrity, safety, and reliability of clean, high-quality water access.

“We are delighted to partner with USA Water, one of the leading O&M providers of water infrastructure services,” said Matthew Rich, Partner at LLCP. “USA Water has built a stellar reputation due to its ‘customer first’ culture and best-in-class service capabilities, which have driven an incredibly loyal client base and a long-term track record of consistent growth. We are excited to work with Jeff and the USA Water team to broaden the Company’s service capabilities and geographic footprint through both organic initiatives and strategic acquisitions.”

USA Water will continue to be led by CEO Jeff Haley and the existing executive team, who will maintain significant equity ownership in the Company alongside LLCP.

“I am thrilled that USA Water is joining forces with LLCP as we embark on our next chapter of growth,” said Mr. Haley. “LLCP has an established track record as an excellent partner to management teams, and we are eager to leverage their deep industry knowledge and operational expertise in order to deliver more value to our customers through our essential services.”

Across its funds, LLCP has invested extensively in the technical and route-based services sectors, including Encore Fire Protection, Technical Safety Services, Trinity Consultants, In-Place Machining, and Select Exterminating.

LLCP was advised by Kirkland & Ellis LLP. USA Water was advised by Harris Williams and Holland & Knight LLP.

About Levine Leichtman Capital Partners

Levine Leichtman Capital Partners, LLC is a middle-market private equity firm with a 39-year track record of investing across various targeted sectors, including Franchising & Multi-unit, Business Services, Education & Training, and Engineered Products & Manufacturing. LLCP utilizes a differentiated Structured Private Equity investment strategy, combining debt and equity capital investments in portfolio companies. LLCP believes that by investing in a combination of debt and equity securities, it offers management teams growth capital in a highly tailored, flexible investment structure that can be a more attractive alternative than traditional private equity.

LLCP’s global team of dedicated investment professionals is led by ten partners who have worked at LLCP for an average of 19 years. Since inception, LLCP has managed approximately $14.2 billion of institutional capital across 15 investment funds and has invested in over 100 portfolio companies. LLCP currently manages $10.2 billion of assets and has offices in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Miami, London, Stockholm, The Hague and Frankfurt. For additional information, please visit www.llcp.com.

Contact:
Mark Semer
Gasthalter & Co.
(212) 257 4170
llcp@gasthalter.com

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