Blackstone Signs Deal to Purchase Gates from Onex & CPP

Apr 04, 2014

Contact: Tom Reeve


DENVER, Colo. Private equity funds managed by Blackstone today entered into a definitive purchase agreement with affiliates of Onex Corporation and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board to acquire all of the equity interests in Pinafore Holdings B.V., the parent company of Gates Corporation (“Gates”). The transaction is expected to close later this year and is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.

The aggregate consideration payable in the transaction will be approximately $5.4 billion (subject to certain customary adjustments). Gates is a leading global manufacturer of power transmission belts and fluid power products that are highly engineered and critical components, used in diverse industrial and automotive applications. Gates derives a majority of its sales from replacement markets around the world.

Goldman, Sachs & Co., BofA Merrill Lynch and Citi served as financial advisors to Gates. Latham & Watkins LLP served as legal counsel to Gates.

Morgan Stanley, Barclays, XMS Capital and Deutsche Bank served as financial advisors to Blackstone. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP served as legal counsel to Blackstone. Blackstone has secured committed debt financing to be arranged by Credit Suisse, Citibank, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank and UBS.

About Gates

Gates is the world’s leading manufacturer of power transmission belts and a premier global manufacturer of fluid power products. Our highly engineered products are critical components used in diverse industrial and automotive applications where the cost of failure is very high relative to the cost of our products. We provide a differentiated value proposition to our customers by offering a complete portfolio of premium product and service solutions for both replacement and first-fit applications across our targeted end markets, which encompass process and specialty, construction, agriculture, energy, transportation and automotive. We sell our products globally under the Gates brand, which is recognized by distributors, original equipment manufacturers and installers as the premium brand for quality and technological innovation, a reputation which we have built for over a century since our founding in 1911. Further information is available at

About Blackstone

Blackstone is one of the world’s leading investment and advisory firms. We seek to create positive economic impact and long-term value for our investors, the companies we invest in, the companies we advise and the broader global economy. We do this through the commitment of our extraordinary people and flexible capital. Our asset management businesses include investment vehicles focused on private equity, real estate, hedge fund solutions, non-investment grade credit, secondary funds, and multi asset class exposures falling outside of other funds’ mandates. Blackstone also provides various financial advisory services, including financial and strategic advisory, restructuring and reorganization advisory and fund placement services. Further information is available Follow Blackstone on Twitter @Blackstone.

Forward-Looking Statements

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For Blackstone: Christine Anderson

For Gates: Tom Reeve

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