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Riverside's European Communications Platform Grows November 19, 2008

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Type:
Add-on acquisition for platform Sage Holdings, LLC

Key Stats:
31st Acquisition of 2008
207th Acquisition Overall

Fund Family:
Riverside Europe Fund III (“REF III”)

Capital Precision, Ltd. (www.capitalprecision.com)

Headquartered in London, UK with an additional office in New York, New York

  • Leading global provider of capital markets intelligence, specializing in global shareholder identification and institutional targeting and fund tracking for investor relations and corporate transacting
  • Clients include over 200 of the largest corporations and their advisors throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East, as well as Asia and Latin America

Of Note:
Capital Precision is the fourth company within Riverside platform Sage Holdings, LLC, the leading transatlantic stakeholder management and financial communications firm. Formed in 2007, Sage made its first acquisition, M: Communications, in February 2008, followed by D.F. King & Co. also in February 2008, and Hallvarsson & Halvarsson in October 2008.

Quotes:
Kai Köppen, Riverside Partner

“Riverside was drawn to Capital Precision due to its strength in a niche industry that complements the existing Sage Holdings family of businesses. Capital Precision is a leader in shareholder identification which has great potential due to companies’ heightened desire to understand the makeup of their shareholders, particularly public companies.”

Oliver Niedermaier, President and CEO of Sage Holdings

“Capital Precision is a logical strategic fit for Sage Holdings, as it adds a core service and a highly regarded firm that allows Sage to offer unique solutions for investor relations planning and capital market activity. This transaction also comes at a time of successful inter-company collaboration in several areas, with proven demand from Capital Precision’s clients for high-end consultation services.”

Mark Simms, CEO of Capital Precision

“We are very excited about the opportunity to be a part of Sage and Riverside. Capital Precision is focused on expanding into emerging markets and this partnership brings us immediate access to new markets via a family of businesses devoted to the same agenda, momentum and results-oriented culture.”

Riverside Team:
Kai Köppen, Partner; Peter Schaberger, Associate Partner; Erik Holmsen, Vice President; and Justin Kent, Associate.

The Riverside Company (www.riversidecompany.com or www.riversideeurope.com)

The Riverside Company is the largest global private equity firm focused on the smaller end of the middle market (“SEMM”) and is one of the industry’s most experienced leveraged buyout investors. Riverside invests in premier SEMM companies valued up to $150 million and partners with strong management teams to build companies through acquisitions and value-added growth. Since its founding in 1988, the firm has invested in 207 transactions with a total enterprise value of $4.4 billion. Riverside’s current portfolio in North America, Europe and Asia consists of 68 companies with combined annual sales of $3.2 billion, EBITDA of $517 million and more than 14,000 employees. Riverside offers certainty to close and can complete acquisitions in as little as 45 days, thanks to its more than $2 billion of capital under management, over 180 professionals in 18 offices (Atlanta, Brussels, Budapest, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Eindhoven, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Madrid, Munich, New York, Prague, San Francisco, Seoul, Stockholm, Tokyo and Warsaw), and long-standing relationships with partner lenders. Six of the firm’s nine mature vintages are currently top quartile, and Riverside’s investors include the world’s leading pension funds, endowments, funds-of-funds, insurance companies and banks.

Sage Holdings, LLC (www.sageholdings.com)

Sage Holdings is the leading transatlantic stakeholder management and financial communications firm. Formed in 2007, with backing from The Riverside Company, Sage companies include leading proxy solicitation company D.F. King (www.dfking.com), Europe’s fastest growing financial communications consultancy M:Communications (www.mcomgroup.com), Hallvarsson & Halvarsson, the top-ranked Scandinavian communications firm (www.halvarsson.com) and Wall Street investor and media relations consultancy Broadgate Consultants, LLC (www.broadgate.com). Sage Holdings employs over 900 professionals, with offices in New York, London, Dubai, Munich and Stockholm.

Capital Precision, Ltd. (www.capitalprecision.com)

Capital Precision Ltd. is a markets intelligence specialist based in London, England with an additional office in New York, New York. Capital Precision is one of the most experienced firms in the industry with a unique methodology enabling the organization to deliver the key elements required for the provision of successful capital markets intelligence with unrivalled speed and efficiency. The core to Capital Precision’s offering is the accurate and up-to-date identification of share ownership in investor relations, corporate transactions and regulatory disclosure obligations.