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January 2015

Yellowstone Landscape Group, Inc.

The Investment

CIVC Partners, L.P. has partnered with management to acquire Yellowstone Landscape Group, Inc. (“Yellowstone” or the “Company”), a leading provider of commercial landscape maintenance and installation services. As part of the transaction, the Yellowstone management team and its current owner invested a portion of their proceeds alongside CIVC, demonstrating their commitment to Yellowstone’s strong growth prospects. CIVC provided the balance of the equity capital and has committed additional funds to support add-on acquisitions.

The Company

Yellowstone, through its subsidiaries Austin Outdoor and BIO, provides commercial landscape maintenance and installation services to over 1,500 homeowners’ associations, corporate office campuses, resorts, and municipalities throughout the Southeast United States and Texas. The Company offers a comprehensive suite of landscape maintenance services including mowing, detailing, irrigation, and turf management as well as arbor care, design and installation services. Yellowstone’s service breadth, unique design capabilities, superior information systems and experienced industry professionals enable it to deliver consistent, high quality landscaping services to sophisticated commercial and government clients with complex landscaping needs. The Company is headquartered in Bunnell, FL and has 16 branches across Texas, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina. For additional information on Yellowstone, visit www.yellowstonelandscape.com.

Value-Add Approach

The acquisition of Yellowstone builds on CIVC’s investment experience in the outsourced business services sector. CIVC was previously an investor in The Brickman Group, Ltd. (“Brickman”), partnering with the Brickman family, management, and other investors from January 1998 until December 2013. Over that time, Brickman grew from a regional commercial landscaping provider into the industry’s largest national platform. Other CIVC investments within outsourced business services have included Kellermeyer Building Services, Icon Identity Solutions, EN Engineering, PowerTeam Services and Track Utilities.

CIVC’s experience in the outsourced business services sector and the commercial landscaping industry specifically was a key differentiator for Yellowstone’s management team. CIVC will provide strategic guidance to management and will support an active acquisition strategy.

If you have an acquisition opportunity that you believe to be a strong candidate for Yellowstone, please contact John Compall (jcompall@civc.com) or Doug Potters (dpotters@civc.com).

CIVC Partners

CIVC Partners is a Chicago-based private equity firm with over 25 years of experience. The firm has invested $1.5 billion of equity capital in 57 platform transactions and dozens of add-on acquisitions since 1989. CIVC focuses on companies in the business services and financial services industries. Yellowstone represents the ninth platform investment within CIVC Partners Fund IV. More information on CIVC Partners and its portfolio companies can be found at www.civc.com.

 
 
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