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Tom Gores Platinum Equity to acquire PNA Group

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Platinum Equity announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire PNA Group, Inc., a leading processor and distributor of steel products with annual revenue of approximately $1.2 billion. The seller is TUI AG, the largest travel and tourism company in Europe, which has been divesting non-core industrial holdings in order to focus on its core tourism and shipping sectors.

“We are very enthusiastic about the steel and steel services sector”

PNA Group processes steel and distributes it to fabricators, manufacturers and distributors, primarily in the United States. The company comprises three independent business units:

-- Feralloy, headquartered in Chicago, which provides hot-rolled coiled steel, galvanized and other rolled steel, and hot-rolled pickle;

-- Delta Steel, headquartered in Houston, which provides steel structural beams, channels, tubes, plates and hot-rolled coiled steel;

-- Infra-Metals, headquartered in Atlanta, which provides steel structural products.

Platinum Equity Chairman and CEO Tom Gores views PNA Group as a strong platform for growth in the steel services industry, said Jacob Kotzubei, senior vice president for mergers and acquisitions at Platinum.

"We are very enthusiastic about the steel and steel services sector," Mr. Kotzubei said. "Platinum's transition and operations expertise will help ensure a smooth separation of PNA Group from TUI, and we are excited to work with the management teams at each of the three business units to build enterprise value through both organic growth initiatives and potential add-on acquisitions."

The acquisition of PNA Group, which is subject to regulatory approval and normal closing conditions, will significantly increase Platinum's operations in the steel and steel services sector. In December 2005, the firm acquired ESM Group Inc., which provides a variety of products and services to the steel production industry, including desulphurization and secondary metallurgy services, caster segment maintenance, equipment design and manufacture, as well as the supply of specialty magnesium to non-steel related industries.