Brookfield Business Partners to Invest in BrandSafway

Partnership with Clayton, Dubilier & Rice to Support Long-Term Growth of a Global Infrastructure Services Leader

Hamilton, BERMUDA

BROOKFIELD, NEWS, Sept. 30, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Brookfield Business Partners L.P. (NYSE:BBU) (TSX:BBU.UN) ("Brookfield Business Partners"), together with its institutional partners (collectively “Brookfield”), and Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (“CD&R”) today announced a definitive agreement for Brookfield to acquire half of CD&R’s ownership interest in Brand Industrial Services (“BrandSafway” or “Company”). As a result of the investment, Brookfield and funds managed by CD&R will each own approximately 45% of the Company. BrandSafway management will continue to own a minority interest in the business. 

BrandSafway is a leading provider of infrastructure services to industrial and commercial facilities on a global basis. The Company delivers scaffolding and other work access solutions, forming and shoring equipment, and numerous specialty industrial services to more than 30,000 customers in more than 30 countries worldwide. Its solutions support a wide range of global infrastructure ranging from refineries and petrochemical plants, to commercial buildings, bridges, hydroelectric dams, and other power facilities.

“BrandSafway has established itself as a high-quality, highly cash generative infrastructure services business benefiting from significant competitive advantages, including a leading market position, customer-centric culture, and a reputation for safety and innovation,” says Cyrus Madon, CEO, Brookfield Business Partners. “Brookfield has a long history partnering with BrandSafway across our various operating platforms. We are very excited about the opportunity to work with Company leadership and our partners at CD&R to continue growing the business.”

“BrandSafway has undergone a true transformation since our initial investment in 2013, growing from $3 billion in revenue focused primarily on industrial end-markets in North America to a leading global provider of specialty services for a wide range of infrastructure with more than $5 billion in revenue,” said Nate Sleeper, CD&R Partner. “We are excited to partner with Brookfield, who brings significant value to the Company through its extensive portfolio of infrastructure and real estate assets. BrandSafway has significant runway for growth, both organically and inorganically, and we look forward to supporting management in continuing to execute on their strategic vision for the business.”

“Our entire leadership team is excited about the opportunity to work with CD&R and Brookfield to continue to drive value creation over time,” said Bill Hayes, President and CEO of BrandSafway. “CD&R has been critical to our success in creating the leading access and industrial services player – and now Brookfield brings additional resources, expertise, and insights to continue our global growth. Brookfield knows the customers, regions, and end markets we serve – this partnership will be compelling for both our employees and customers.”

Investment Highlights:

  • Leading market position. BrandSafway is the market leader in North America and has the broadest service offering in the industry.
  • Clear competitive differentiation. The Company has earned a reputation as a leader in safety, innovation, productivity and engineering and continually invests to further enhance the value of its service offering to customers.
  • Diversified business model. BrandSafway has a resilient business model as a result of its highly-diversified end markets, geographic exposure and customer base.
  • Stable end market demand. There is significant, highly-recurring demand for its services, with
    the vast majority of revenues derived from serving the ongoing maintenance requirements of its global customer base. Stable customer demand combined with BrandSafway’s high return on capital allows the business to generate consistent free cash flow through economic cycles.
  • Opportunities for growth and margin expansion. BrandSafway is well-positioned to capitalize on operational improvement opportunities and strategic growth initiatives.


Brookfield’s investment will be funded with approximately $1.3 billion of equity. Brookfield Business Partners intends to fund approximately $400 million, with the balance being funded by institutional partners. Prior to or following closing, a portion of Brookfield Business Partners' commitment may be syndicated to other institutional investors.

Transaction Process

The transaction is subject to customary approvals and is anticipated to occur in the first quarter of 2020.


Debevoise & Plimpton LLP is acting as legal advisor to CD&R in the transaction.

Brookfield Business Partners is a business services and industrials company focused on owning and operating high-quality businesses that benefit from barriers to entry and/or low production costs. Brookfield Business Partners is listed on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges. Important information may be disseminated exclusively via the website; investors should consult the site to access this information.

Brookfield Business Partners is the flagship listed business services and industrials company of Brookfield Asset Management Inc. (NYSE: BAM)(TSX: BAM.A), a leading global alternative asset manager with more than $385 billion of assets under management. For more information, please visit our website at

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice is a private investment firm with a strategy predicated on producing financial returns by building stronger, more profitable businesses. Since inception, CD&R has managed the investment of $28 billion in 86 businesses representing a broad range of industries with an aggregate transaction value of more than $130 billion. The Firm has offices in New York and London. For more information, please visit

With a commitment to safety as its foremost value, BrandSafway provides the broadest range of solutions with the greatest depth of expertise to the industrial, commercial and infrastructure markets. Through a network of 330 strategic locations across 30 countries and more than 38,000 employees, BrandSafway delivers a full range of forming, shoring, scaffolding, work access and industrial service solutions. BrandSafway supports maintenance and refurbishment projects as well as new construction and expansion plans with unmatched service from expert local labor and management. Today’s BrandSafway is At Work For You™ — leveraging innovation and economies of scale to increase safety and productivity, while remaining nimble and responsive. For more information about BrandSafway, visit

For Brookfield: 

Claire Holland
Brookfield Business Partners
Tel: +1 416 369 8236

For CD&R:

Dan Jacobs
Clayton Dubilier & Rice
Tel: +1 212 407 5218
Investor Relations

Alan Fleming
Brookfield Business Partners
Tel: +1 416 645 2736

For BrandSafway:

Karla Cuculi


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