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Silica Holdings Acquires Texas Sand Plant


Silica Holdings Inc.announced that it has signed a stock purchase agreement to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Cadre Services Inc., a leading regional sand mining company based in Voca, Texas, for approximately $98 million in cash.

Closing is expected by the end of the month. Cadre operates a single frac sand mine and plant, with recently expanded annual capacity of about 800,000 tpy of Premium Hickory sand. The fully automated, state-of-the-art facility, which became operational in 2011, has more than 65 years of high-quality reserves. Cadre's regional location allows it to service customers in the fast growing Permian Basin on both a contract and a spot basis, with about 40 percent of revenue derived from customers under take-or-pay contracts.

Bryan Shinn, president and chief executive officer of U.S. Silica, said, "This accretive acquisition aligns with our strategy to increase market share by expanding our footprint and product offerings in one of the fastest growing basins in the country. The addition of the Cadre team and their outstanding operational and logistics capabilities allows us to provide our customers with a high quality, regionally-produced product which effectively meets the demands of many Permian oil and gas wells."

The purchase price of $98 million – less the net present value of approximately $14 million in deferred tax assets – results in $84 million of net consideration. Adjusted LTM EBITDA of $11.1 million represents a purchase price multiple of 7.6 times. Projected 2015 Adjusted EBITDA of approximately $18 million after synergies and the benefit of a full year of sales from the March capacity expansion represents a purchase price multiple of 4.7 times. This would result in Adjusted EPS accretion of $0.11 to $0.13 per share in 2015.