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COVID-19: Statement

March 16, 2020

RE: Pestell Minerals and Ingredients’ (Pestell Nutrition) Statement Concerning Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The wellbeing of our employees, customers, and suppliers are of the utmost importance to us. With the growing impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) we are committed to providing you up-to-date information and support while maintaining our commitment to a safe work environment.

As a valued partner, we would like to share the steps we are taking to ensure the safety of you and our community.

  • Our Management Team is monitoring, communicating and adjusting our plans and responses daily. We are fully equipped to ensure the ongoing operation of our business to the best of our ability.  Currently, the risk to our operations remains low but we continue to monitor.
  • We have a heightened focus on ensuring our workplace is a safe and sanitary environment.
  • We are implementing temporary procedures such as cancelling all in-person meetings with customers and suppliers, this includes both on-site and off-site, cancelling all business travel, and limiting visitors to our facilities to essential services and drivers. For these visitors, we will be implementing a safe check-in procedure.

As your business needs change through these uncertain times, do not hesitate to communicate those with us and be assured we will adhere to your requirements.

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Pestell Nutrition Acquires Origination O2D

Pestell Nutrition Acquires Origination O2D

Acquisition expands Pestell Nutrition’s footprint, logistical capabilities and product portfolio

Chicago, IL, January 7, 2020 – Wind Point Partners (“Wind Point”) and portfolio company Pestell Nutrition (“PN” or the “Company”) are pleased to announce that on December 20, 2019 PN acquired Origination O2D (“O2D”). O2D, founded in 1945 and headquartered in Maplewood, MN, operates as a value‐added distributor of animal feed ingredients and branded proprietary feed products across the Midwest and broader U.S.
The acquisition of O2D is highly strategic for PN, supporting numerous facets of the Company’s value creation and growth plan. O2D represents PN’s first U.S.-based acquisition and therefore an important step for the Company to pursue growth opportunities in the world’s largest animal feed market. In addition, O2D offers significant logistical advantages, with distribution capabilities across rail, river, and truck, creating opportunities to augment PN’s supply chain and improve its cost basis. O2D also augments PN’s existing product portfolio by adding branded proprietary products with actionable opportunities for continued customer penetration, cross sales, and international distribution.Jerry Vergeer, Pestell Nutrition CEO, commented, “O2D is a perfect fit with Pestell Nutrition. The acquisition helps us continue our strategic vision of building the leading provider of animal nutrition solutions and products across the U.S. and Canada. We believe O2D is poised for continued growth and look forward to partnering with the O2D team to further expand our combined business.”

Paul Peterson, Managing Director at Wind Point Partners, stated, “We are excited about the acquisition of O2D. The combined business provides compelling growth opportunities with a broader proprietary product portfolio as well as a more expansive geographic footprint. O2D will be an integral component in achieving our future initiatives, particularly as it relates to optimizing our product and sales mix as well as further penetrating the U.S. market.”

The acquisition of O2D continues Wind Point’s long history of partnering and working with entrepreneur-and family-owned businesses. O2D is the third acquisition for PN since Wind Point’s original investment in June 2018, following the August 2019 acquisition of Pro Ag products, a leading Canadian distributor of branded feed additive products, and the November 2019 acquisition of Premier Ag Resources, a value‐added distributor of specialty pet food ingredients and feed additives.

John Fallin, O2D’s CEO, commented, “We look forward to the combination of Pestell Nutrition and O2D as this transaction unlocks numerous opportunities to grow the platform and better serve our combined customer base. We believe Pestell Nutrition is the right fit for O2D and the formation of this partnership represents a meaningful step forward for the business and our entire team as we enter the next phase of growth.”
BMO Sponsor Finance led the debt financing for the transaction. Kirkland & Ellis LLP served as legal counsel to PN.

About Pestell Nutrition Inc.
Pestell Nutrition, headquartered in New Hamburg, Ontario, is a leading distributor of minerals & feed ingredients, feed additives, and specialty pet food ingredients to a diverse customer base of pre mixers, feed mills, pet food companies, and other end users within the animal nutrition and pet food sectors across Canada and the U.S. The Company maintains 16 warehouses throughout North America, supporting distribution capabilities. Additional information about Pestell Nutrition can be found at www.pestellminerals.com.

About Wind Point Partners
Wind Point Partners is a Chicago-based private equity investment firm with approximately $3 billion in assets under management. Wind Point focuses on partnering with top caliber management teams to acquire well-positioned middle market businesses where it can establish a clear path to value creation. The firm targets investments in the consumer products, industrial products, and business services sectors. Wind Point is currently investing out of Wind Point Partners IX, a fund that was initiated in 2010. For more information, please visit www.windpointpartners.com.

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Pestell Nutrition Acquires Premier Ag Resources

Pestell Nutrition Acquires Premier Ag Resources

Acquisition expands Pestell Nutrition’s geographic presence and product portfolio, adding specialty pet food ingredients

Chicago, IL, November 25, 2019 – Wind Point Partners (“Wind Point”) and portfolio company, Pestell Nutrition (“PN” or the “Company”), are pleased to announce today that PN has acquired Premier Ag Resources (“PAR”). PAR, founded in 1992 and headquartered in London, Ontario, operates as a value‐added distributor of specialty pet food ingredients and feed additives across Canada and the U.S.

The acquisition of PAR is complementary to PN, which also distributes a portfolio of feed ingredients, additives and related products, as the combination provides the opportunity for both companies to leverage their product offerings and cross-sell their respective customer bases. Furthermore, PAR represents an opportunity for PN to continue to penetrate the value‐added specialty pet food ingredients and feed additives segments, a key strategic growth area for the Company. Post-integration, management will focus on optimizing PAR’s offerings and operations in an ongoing effort to establish the combined business as the preeminent distributor of animal nutrition and specialty pet food ingredients across North America.

Jerry Vergeer, Pestell Nutrition CEO, commented, “PAR is a great company with a diverse product portfolio and strong customer base across both the specialty pet food ingredient and animal feed additive sectors. When combined with Pestell Nutrition, we further strengthen our product offering to our customers and expand our geographic reach. The management and team at Premier Ag Resources have done an outstanding job of growing this great company over the past 27 years and we look forward to working with them to build on that success.”
Paul Peterson, Managing Director with Wind Point Partners, stated, “PAR is a highly strategic add-on and supports numerous aspects of Wind Point’s value creation plan. This acquisition is another example of how the Pestell Nutrition team is executing on our strategy to become a more diversified and value-added distributor across the animal nutrition industry. We’re very excited about this partnership and are looking forward to the opportunities ahead.”

The acquisition of PAR continues Wind Point’s long history of partnering and working with entrepreneur-owned businesses. This marks the second acquisition for PN since Wind Point’s original investment in June 2018. In August of 2019, PN acquired Pro Ag products, a leading Canadian distributor of branded feed additive products.

Jim Finn and Dave Hensel, PAR’s co-founders, commented, “The transition of PAR’s ownership to Pestell Nutrition represents a transformative milestone for the business. Pestell Nutrition’s resources and industry expertise will accelerate the trajectory at PAR, facilitating long-term, sustainable growth. We are excited about PAR’s future as part of Pestell Nutrition.”
BMO Sponsor Finance led the debt financing for the transaction. Kirkland & Ellis LLP served as legal counsel to Pestell Nutrition.

About Pestell Nutrition Inc.
Pestell Nutrition, headquartered in New Hamburg, Ontario, is a leading distributor of minerals & feed ingredients, feed additives, and specialty pet food ingredients to a diverse customer base of pre mixers, feed mills, pet food companies, and other end users within the animal nutrition and pet food sectors across Canada and the U.S. The Company maintains 16 warehouses throughout North America, supporting distribution capabilities. Additional information about Pestell Nutrition can be found at www.pestellminerals.com.

About Wind Point Partners
Wind Point Partners is a Chicago-based private equity investment firm with approximately $3 billion in assets under management. Wind Point focuses on partnering with top caliber management teams to acquire well-positioned middle market businesses where it can establish a clear path to value creation. The firm targets investments in the consumer products, industrial products, and business services sectors. Wind Point is currently investing out of Wind Point Partners IX, a fund that was initiated in 2010. For more information, please visit www.windpointpartners.com.

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Wind Point Partners Announces Formation Of Pestell Nutrition And Targeted PetCare

Wind Point Partners Announces Formation of Pestell Nutrition and Targeted PetCare

Wind Point formally separates Pestell Group into two independent portfolio companies

New Hamburg, Ontario, November 25, 2019 – Wind Point Partners (“Wind Point”) and Pestell Group (“Pestell”) are pleased to announce the formation of Pestell Nutrition (“PN”) and Targeted PetCare (“TPC”). PN and TPC will now operate as two independent businesses, having previously operated under parent company Pestell Group, a business acquired by Wind Point in June 2018.

PN is a leading distributor of high-value nutritional additives and ingredients for the animal nutrition and pet food industries across Canada and the U.S. Since June 2018, PN has completed the acquisitions of Pro-Ag Products (“Pro-Ag”), Verus Animal Nutrition (“Verus”) and Premier Ag Resources (“PAR”). Pro-Ag is a distributor of feed ingredients, feed additives and animal health products. Verus provides performance animal nutrition products supported by in-house technical expertise. And PAR operates as a value‐added distributor of specialty pet food ingredients and feed additives across Canada and the U.S.

TPC is a full-line manufacturer of animal litter and bedding products, and a co-manufacturer of dental pet treats. Since June 2018, TPC has completed the acquisitions of BPV Environmental (“BPV”), Targeted Pet Treats (“TPT”) and VersaPet. BPV is a leading manufacturer of alternative, paper-based animal litter, small animal bedding, and lawn and garden products. TPT is a leading co-manufacturer of dental treats and long-lasting chews for pets. And both Pestell Pet Products (“PET”) and VersaPet are manufacturers of private label and branded cat litter products.

Paul Peterson, Wind Point Managing Director, commented, “Over the past year, the evolution of PN and TPC has been substantial.  A central part of our original thesis was to thoughtfully separate Pestell Group into two portfolio companies, and robust M&A activity at both businesses has accelerated that opportunity. We look forward to further growth and success for PN and TPC alongside our CEO partners, Jerry Vergeer and Matt Miller.”

Jerry Vergeer, PN CEO, stated, “We are excited about PN operating as a standalone entity and what it means for our customers. We continue to believe that PN can capitalize on compelling growth opportunities in Nutrition and Health while expanding our geographic footprint across the U.S. and Canada.”

Matt Miller, TPC CEO, noted, “The transformation of TPC since June 2018 has been remarkable. Since joining, we have more than quadrupled pet revenues across organic growth and strategic acquisitions. Our team is proud of the unique value proposition we’ve built which has allowed us to be the preferred partner with so many of our customers.”

Wind Point closed on the original Pestell Group transaction in June 2018, acquiring the business from serial entrepreneur Don Pestell who founded the business in 1972. Upon Wind Point’s original acquisition, Pestell was comprised of two business units, Pestell Minerals & Ingredients (“PMI”) and Pestell Pet Products, with both operating via one location in New Hamburg, Ontario.

BMO Sponsor Finance led the debt financing for the PN transaction. Antares Capital and Maranon Capital led the debt financing for the TPC transaction. Kirkland & Ellis LLP served as legal counsel to Wind Point, and BKD, LLP provided transaction advisory services in connection with the transaction. 

About Pestell Nutrition

Pestell Nutrition is a leading distributor of minerals & feed ingredients, feed additives, and specialty pet food ingredients to a diverse customer base of pre mixers, feed mills, pet food companies, and other end users within the animal nutrition and pet food sectors across Canada and the U.S. The Company maintains 16 warehouses throughout North America, supporting distribution capabilities. Additional information about Pestell Nutrition can be found at www.pestellminerals.com.

About Targeted PetCare

Targeted PetCare is a full-line manufacturer of animal litter and bedding products and a co-manufacturer of dental pet treats. TPC is headquartered in Ontario, Canada and operates four manufacturing facilities across the US and Canada. Additional information about TPC’s operating companies can be found at www.pestell.com, www.bpvenvironmental.com, www.targetedpettreats.com, and www.versapet.com.

About Wind Point Partners

Wind Point Partners is a Chicago-based private equity investment firm with approximately $3 billion in assets under management. Wind Point focuses on partnering with top caliber management teams to acquire well-positioned middle market businesses where it can establish a clear path to value creation. The firm targets investments in the consumer products, industrial products, and business services sectors. Wind Point is currently investing out of Wind Point Partners IX, a fund that was initiated in 2019. For more information, please visit www.windpointpartners.com.

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Fred’s Pink Truck

Help Fred raise awareness during Breast Cancer Awareness Month:

  1. Take a photo of Fred’s Pink Transport Truck
  2. Share the photo as a post on your Twitter, Facebook or Instagram page
  3. Tag @PestellMinerals
  4. Use the hashtag #FredsPinkTruck
  5. Thank you for your support!

Official Guidelines

Pestell will donate $5 for every unique photo of Fred’s Pink Transport Truck shared on your Twitter, Instagram or Facebook Timeline where @PestellMinerals is tagged. For bonus entries: An additional $1 will be donated if multiple social channels are used to share the same photo. Note: Your Instagram account and Facebook post MUST BE PUBLIC. If your account/post is Private Pestell will not be notified of your post.
Image submissions are limited to one per day and must be posted by November 1st, 2019 at 12:00am. All donations will be made to Kelly Shires Breast Cancer Snow Run For Fun Trust. To learn more about this foundation or to donate directly, please visit their website: www.kellyshiresfoundation.org

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Pestell Group Acquires Pro-Ag Products & Verus Animal Nutrition

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Pestell Group Acquires Pro‐Ag Products & Verus Animal Nutrition

Acquisition further expands Pestell’s geographic presence and product portfolio across feed ingredients, feed additives, and animal nutrition products

Chicago, IL, August 8, 2019 – Wind Point Partners (“Wind Point”) and portfolio company Pestell Group (“Pestell” or the “Company”) are pleased to announce today that Pestell has acquired Pro‐Ag Products (“Pro‐Ag”) and Verus Animal Nutrition (“Verus”) through its Pestell Minerals & Ingredients (“PMI”) business unit.

Pro‐Ag is a distributor of feed ingredients, feed additives, and animal health products. Verus provides performance animal nutrition products supported by in‐house technical expertise. Both businesses are headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and operate as one entity serving the North American feed ingredients and animal nutrition industries.

The acquisition of Pro‐Ag and Verus is strategic to Pestell’s PMI business unit, which also distributes feed ingredients, as the combination provides the opportunity for both companies to leverage their product portfolios and cross‐sell to their respective customer bases. Pro‐Ag and Verus have a strong feed additives portfolio which complements PMI’s existing minerals and feed ingredients product offering. In addition, the acquisition expands PMI’s geographic presence further West in Canada.

Jerry Vergeer, PMI CEO, commented, “We are excited about the acquisition of Pro‐Ag and Verus and what it means for our customers. The combined business provides compelling growth opportunities with a broader product portfolio as well as a more expansive geographic footprint across all of Canada. Pro‐Ag and Verus will be integral components in achieving our future initiatives, particularly as it relates to enhancing our presence in feed additives and feed ingredients throughout North America.”

Paul Peterson, Managing Director with Wind Point Partners, stated, “Pro‐Ag and Verus are very strategic acquisitions that we are thrilled to have as part of the PMI business. We expect these acquisitions to help us create additional avenues for growth as we focus on maximizing our geographic reach, generating cross selling opportunities, and augmenting the existing product portfolio.”

The acquisition of Pro‐Ag and Verus continues Wind Point’s long history of partnering and working with entrepreneur‐owned businesses. This marks the first add‐on acquisition for Pestell Group’s PMI business unit since Wind Point’s original acquisition of Pestell Group in June 2018.

Doug Beckie, President of Pro‐Ag, commented, “We look forward to combining our businesses with Pestell Minerals & Ingredients to offer a broader portfolio of nutritional products to our feed industry customers. We believe Pestell is the right fit for Pro‐Ag and the formation of this partnership represents a meaningful step forward for the business and our entire team as we enter the next phase of growth.”

Pestell Group is comprised of two distinct business units, Targeted PetCare (“TPC”) and Pestell Minerals & Ingredients (“PMI”). Jerry Vergeer, an experienced executive within the animal nutrition industry, joined PMI as CEO in 2019. In cooperation with Jerry and management, Wind Point will seek to continue expanding the PMI platform through a combination of organic growth and complementary acquisitions.

Antares Capital, BMO Sponsor Finance and PennantPark led the debt financing for the transaction. McMillan LLP and Kirkland & Ellis LLP served as legal counsel to Pestell.

About Pestell Group

Pestell Group is comprised of two distinct business units, which includes Pestell Minerals and Ingredients (“PMI”) and Targeted PetCare (“TPC”). PMI is a leading distributor of nutritional minerals and ingredients for the feed industry. TPC is a full‐line manufacturer of animal litter and bedding products and a comanufacturer of dental pet treats. Pestell Group is headquartered in Ontario, Canada, with both business units sharing warehousing and manufacturing space. Pestell Group also maintains 15 third party warehouses across North America for its animal feed products business. Additional information about Pestell Group can be found at www.pestell.com. 

About Wind Point Partners

Wind Point Partners is a Chicago‐based private equity investment firm with approximately $2 billion in assets under management. Wind Point focuses on partnering with top caliber management teams to acquire well‐positioned middle market businesses where it can establish a clear path to value creation. The firm targets investments in the consumer products, industrial products, and business services sectors. Wind Point is currently investing out of Wind Point Partners VIII, a $985 million fund that was initiated in 2016. For more information, please visit www.windpointpartners.com

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Wind Point Partners Acquires Pestell Group

Media Contact:
Ron Liberman, Wind Point Partners
Phone: 312-255-4812
Email: rliberman@wppartners.com

WIND POINT PARTNERS ACQUIRES PESTELL GROUP

Wind Point acquires leading animal feed ingredients distributor and cat litter manufacturer

Chicago, IL, June 1, 2018 – Wind Point Partners, a leading Chicago-based private equity firm, has partnered with experienced Consumer Packaged Goods executive Matt Miller to acquire Pestell Group (“Pestell” or the “Company”). Pestell Group, comprised of two distinct business units, includes Pestell Minerals and Ingredients (“PMI”) and Pestell Pet Products (“PET”). PMI is a leading distributor of animal feed minerals and ingredients for a wide variety of livestock. PET is a full-line manufacturer of cat litter and small animal bedding products.

After a decade of experience in the animal feed industry, serial entrepreneur Don Pestell founded PMI in 1972, distributing five feed ingredients to local feed dealers from a leased building in Ontario, Canada. Driven by a culture of product innovation, quality and customer service, PMI experienced early success. In 1980, Don Pestell expanded PMI by purchasing land to construct an office and warehouse at the Company’s present location in New Hamburg, Ontario, located West of Toronto in the center of Ontario’s agricultural industry. Don subsequently founded PET in 1990 with the launch of Easy Clean branded cat litter, once again utilizing quality and innovation to expand PET’s product offering and customer base.

Today, PMI is one of the largest distributors of animal feed minerals, ingredients and additives in Canada, offering hundreds of distinct products. PMI supplies hundreds of customers throughout Canada and the United States through its own dedicated warehouses and internal fleet, as well as 3rd party warehouses and logistics providers. PET is a full-line manufacturer of cat litter and small animal bedding products serving customers in Canada and the United States. The business produces a wide range of clumping, alternative and traditional litter products and sells through both branded and private label channels. Both PMI and PET operate out of shared warehousing and manufacturing space in New Hamburg, Ontario.

Paul Peterson, Managing Director at Wind Point, commented, “Pestell has an outstanding reputation and track record spanning 45 years. We are excited about the organic growth potential of the business as well as the opportunity to expand through acquisition. We look forward to working closely with the Pestell team and Matt Miller to build upon the strong platform that Don Pestell built over multiple decades.”

Matt Miller, a seasoned Consumer Packaged Goods executive, has joined the Company as CEO. Miller most recently served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Big Heart Pet Brands, a producer, distributor and marketer of branded pet products for the U.S. and Canadian retail market. Miller transitioned to this role from Del Monte’s Consumer Products Division after its sale to Del Monte Pacific Limited in 2014.

Miller commented, “I am extremely excited to join Pestell and work with the team to drive further growth across both businesses. Given the Company’s strong track record on product quality and service, we are committed to remaining an outstanding supplier to our customers. And as we look to grow, we expect to expand our product offering and footprint both organically and through acquisitions.”

PMI President Peter Brunelle and PET President Bob Hemingway will remain in their respective roles leading the day-to-day management of their divisions. Randy Coulombe will remain in the role of Vice President of Finance. Brunelle, Hemingway and Coulombe have played key leadership roles within Pestell and will work closely with Wind Point and Matt Miller to guide the Company through its next phase of growth.

Don Pestell stated, “This marks the beginning of a new and exciting chapter for Pestell. The team at Wind Point has a great history of working with entrepreneur and family-owned businesses. The combination of experience between Wind Point and Matt Miller, along with Peter, Bob, Randy and the rest of the Pestell team, has me very excited for what lies ahead. Our wonderful employees and valued customers are in terrific hands.”

Debt financing for the transaction was provided by Antares Capital and BMO Sponsor Finance. Kirkland & Ellis LLP served as legal counsel to Wind Point, and BKD, LLP provided transaction advisory services in connection with the transaction.

About Pestell Group
Pestell Group distributes animal feed mineral and ingredient products throughout the United States and Canada. The company also manufactures branded and private label cat litter and animal bedding products through a separate business unit. Pestell is headquartered in Ontario, where its two business units share warehousing and manufacturing space, and maintains 15 third-party warehouses across North America for its animal feed products business.

About Wind Point Partners
Wind Point Partners is a leading Chicago-based private equity investment firm with just over $2 billion in assets under management. Wind Point focuses on partnering with top caliber management teams to acquire well-positioned middle market businesses where it can establish a clear path to value creation. The firm targets investments in the consumer products, industrial products, and business services sectors. Wind Point is currently investing out of Wind Point Partners VIII, a $985 million fund that was initiated in 2016.

Additional information about Wind Point is available at www.windpointpartners.com.

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Canadian Dairy XPO 2018 – Hall 2, Booth 44

We are pleased to announce that will be exhibiting & sponsoring again at this years Canadian Dairy XPO in Stratford, Ontario on April 4th – 5th. Stop by and visit with us in Hall 2, at Booth 44!

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Pestell Minerals & Ingredients is a 2018 Winner of the Canada’s Best Managed Companies Program

The 2018 Best Managed program award winners are amongst the best-in-class of Canadian owned and managed companies with revenues over $15 million demonstrating strategy, capability and commitment to achieve sustainable growth.

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Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show 2017

We are excited to announce that we will be exhibiting at the country’s largest outdoor agricultural trade show – Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show in Woodstock, Ontario on September 12th – 14th, 2017.

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