Liberty Sold to ECP

Liberty Tyre

Global investment firm The Carlyle Group announced on April 1st, that it has agreed to sell Liberty Tire Recycling to ECP, an investor with a decades‐long reputation in the environmental and sustainable solutions sector. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the second quarter of 2021.

Liberty Tire Changes Ownership

Liberty is a premier provider of tyre recycling services in North America. With a network of more than 25 processing plants and flexible collection service offerings nationwide, the Company saves more than 190 million tyres per year from the waste stream, recycling approximately three billion pounds of rubber for innovative, sustainable materials and products.

Carlyle Strategic Partners IV, an investment fund managed by Carlyle, led a recapitalisation transaction to become the Company’s majority equity sponsor in December 2017.

Evan Middleton, co‐head of North America for Carlyle Strategic Partners said, “Carlyle’s investment thesis for Liberty centred on the company’s attractive growth characteristics and the ability to create a national provider operating at the nexus of beneficial reuse and sustainable materials production. We are confident that Liberty will continue to create value in an exciting market under the ownership of ECP.”

Tyler Reeder, Managing Partner of ECP said, “Liberty occupies a key position in the recycling industry and is part of a vital sustainability supply chain in North America. As consumers and manufacturers commit to greener and more sustainable products and practices, Liberty’s ability to provide sustainable materials and solutions for a growing number of applications will only make the Company a stronger and more sought‐after partner.”

Liberty Tire Recycling CEO Thomas Womble said, “Under Carlyle’s leadership, Liberty transformed into a national company with strong assets, broad capabilities, and innovative products. We are excited to partner with ECP as we continue our growth trajectory and increase our capacity to recycle tyres into a wide range of beneficial, eco‐friendly products.”

Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

Houlihan Lokey is serving as the lead financial advisor, BMO Capital Markets is serving as co‐financial advisor and Latham & Watkins is serving as legal advisor to Liberty Tire Recycling. Kirkland & Ellis LLP is serving as legal advisor to ECP.

About the author

Ewan has been editor of Retreading Business since 2006 and of Tyre & Rubber Recycling since the magazine was founded. During this period he has become an expert on the global tyre recycling sector. He has many years' experience as an automotive journalist including a period at Tyres & Accessories.



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