The Business Narrative: Partnering Transaction

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The EQT X fund and Orangeburg, S.C.-based Zeus Company, Inc., jointly announced they have entered into an agreement for EQT to acquire Zeus from the Tourville family.

 

Financial terms weren’t disclosed.

 

Founded in 1966, Zeus is a pioneer in the design, development, and extrusion of fluoropolymer tubing for medical devices and select industrial applications.

 

EQT also announced that John Groetelaars, former CEO of Hillrom and EQT Industrial Advisor, will be Zeus’ executive chairman upon closing of the transaction.

 

For more than 50 years, Zeus has delivered innovative and mission-critical components that improve the efficacy and performance of highly complex catheters, which are used in life saving, minimally invasive medical procedures, among other applications.

 

The company is headquartered in Orangeburg, S.C., with eight facilities across the United States and one in Letterkenny, Ireland.

 

Zeus serves over 300 customers in more than 100 countries, including leading medical device manufacturers, contract device manufacturing organizations, academic institutions, and industrial customers across aerospace, semiconductors, and automotive, among other industries.  

 

Officials said that as populations age and chronic conditions become more prevalent, increasing demand for precision, high-performance catheters to support therapeutic areas including structural heart, peripheral and neurovascular interventions, is expected to continue fueling Zeus’ growth.

 

EQT will support Zeus with investments in additional capacity, R&D, and operational excellence, to support the rapidly growing medical fields that leverage minimally invasive technologies, the officials said.

 

Ethan Waxman, partner within EQT Private Equity’s Advisory Team, said, “EQT has tracked the medical device component industry closely for several years, and we believe Zeus is uniquely positioned within the end markets it serves due to its unmatched material science and process expertise.”

 

Waxman added, “We are excited to partner with the Company and invest in its next phase of growth, its employees, and the communities it serves, while maintaining Frank Tourville Sr.’s values and commitment to excellence, which are shared by EQT.”

 

Said Steve Peterson, president and CEO of Zeus: “This acquisition accelerates that momentum and growth by supporting future expansion, new product innovation, process improvements, technological transformation, and enhanced capabilities.”

 

The transaction is expected to close in Q1 2024, subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.

 

Piper Sandler Companies acted as financial advisor to EQT Private Equity and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP provided legal counsel. Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC acted as financial advisor to Zeus and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP provided legal counsel.

 

The Private Credit business within Goldman Sachs Asset Management will serve as the Administrative Agent and lead lender in the Senior Secured financing to support the transaction.

 

Zeus employs over 2,400 people worldwide with facilities in Aiken, Columbia, Gaston, Orangeburg, and St. Matthews, South Carolina; Branchburg, New Jersey; Chattanooga, Tennessee; San Jose, California; Arden Hills, Minnesota; Guangzhou, China; and Letterkenny, Ireland.

 

EQT owns portfolio companies and assets in Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Americas.


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