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Compass Diversified Holdings Reports First Quarter 2013 Financial Results

Generates Cash Flow Available for Distribution and Reinvestment of $20.8 Million

WESTPORT, Conn., May 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Compass Diversified Holdings (NYSE: CODI) ("CODI" or the "Company"), an owner of leading middle market businesses, announced today its consolidated operating results for the three months ended March 31, 2013.

First Quarter 2013 Highlights

"Our strong results for the first quarter of 2013 exceeded management's expectations, as Cash Flow increased 25.2% compared to the year-earlier period," stated Alan Offenberg, CEO of Compass Group Diversified Holdings LLC. "We continue to achieve considerable revenue and earnings growth on a combined basis across our branded products businesses consisting of CamelBak, ERGObaby, Fox and Liberty Safe. We also maintained relative stability in the performance of our four niche industrial businesses comprised of Advanced Circuits, American Furniture, Tridien Medical and Arnold Magnetic. Based on the continued application of our business model, we paid a first quarter distribution of $0.36 per share. As we continue to provide attractive cash distributions, we remain focused on leveraging our balance sheet strength to drive future performance. Our substantial liquidity bodes well for CODI to be able to continue to reinvest in our current family of leading middle market businesses while pursuing accretive acquisition opportunities that create significant value for our owners."

Operating Results
CODI reported Cash Flow (see note regarding use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures below) of $20.8 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2013, as compared to $16.6 million for the prior year comparable quarter. CODI's weighted average number of shares outstanding for both the quarter ended March 31, 2013 and March 31, 2012 was approximately 48.3 million.

The improvement in Cash Flow for the first quarter 2013 as compared to the corresponding year-earlier period was largely attributable to the year-over-year growth in the Company's CamelBak, ERGObaby, Fox and Liberty Safe businesses. In addition, Cash Flow for the first quarter 2013 was positively impacted by the full inclusion of operating results from the Company's Arnold Magnetic subsidiary, which was acquired on March 5, 2012. Partially offsetting these factors, Cash Flow for the first quarter 2013 excluded results from the Company's HALO subsidiary, which was sold on May 1, 2012.

CODI's Cash Flow is calculated after taking into account all interest expense, cash taxes paid and maintenance capital expenditures, and includes the operating results of each of our businesses for the periods during which CODI owned them. However, Cash Flow excludes the gains from sales of businesses, which have totaled approximately $198 million since 2007.

Net income for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 was $3.6 million, as compared to net income of $0.9 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2012. The year-over-year increase in the Company's net income reflects double-digit growth in each of net sales, gross profit and operating income. During the quarter ended March 31, 2013, CODI recorded a non-cash supplemental put accrual expense of $6.4 million based on the periodic review of current cash flow generation levels of its businesses as well as anticipated market multiples for those businesses in the event they were to be sold in the current environment. During the quarter ended March 31, 2012, the Company reversed approximately $1.5 million of its non-cash supplemental put accrual and expensed approximately $4.3 million of transaction costs related to its acquisition of Arnold Magnetic Technologies.

Liquidity and Capital Resources
As of March 31, 2013, CODI had $16.5 million in cash and cash equivalents, $251.9 million outstanding on its term loan facility and $27.0 million outstanding under its $290 million revolving credit facility. The Company has no significant debt maturities until 2017 and had borrowing availability of approximately $261 million at March 31, 2013 under its revolving credit facility.

On April 3, 2013, CODI exercised an option under its credit agreement, dated as of October 27, 2011, to expand its term loan facility by $30 million, which increased the Company's aggregate outstanding term loan borrowings under the facility to $281.9 million. The net proceeds of the incremental term loan were used to repay outstanding borrowings under the Company's revolving credit facility.  

CODI also amended the pricing terms of both its term loan facility and revolving credit facility. Under the terms of the amendments, the interest rate for the term loan facility was reduced by 1.25% and the interest rate for the revolving credit facility was reduced by 0.50%. In addition, the unused fee for the revolving credit facility was reduced by 0.25% when leverage is lower than a defined ratio and the maturity date for the revolving credit facility was extended to April 2017. All other terms of the credit agreement remain unchanged.

First Quarter 2013 Distribution
On April 9, 2013, CODI's Board of Directors declared a first quarter distribution of $0.36 per share. The cash distribution was paid on April 30, 2013 to all holders of record as of April 23, 2013. Since its IPO in May of 2006, CODI has paid a cumulative distribution of $9.2352 per share.

Conference Call
Management will host a conference call on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. ET to discuss the latest corporate developments and financial results. The dial-in number for callers in the U.S. is (888) 466-4462 and the dial-in number for international callers is (719) 457-2727. The access code for all callers is 5197923. A live webcast will also be available on the Company's website at   

A replay of the call will be available through May 15, 2013. To access the replay, please dial (888) 203-1112 in the U.S. and (719) 457-0820 outside the U.S., and then enter the access code 5197923.

Note Regarding Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
CAD, or Cash Flow, is a non-GAAP measure used by the Company to assess its performance, as well as its ability to sustain and increase quarterly distributions. A number of CODI's businesses have seasonal earnings patterns. Accordingly, the Company believes that the most appropriate measure of its performance is over a trailing or expected 12-month period. We have reconciled CAD, or Cash Flow, to Net Income and Cash Flow Provided by Operating Activities on the Attached Schedules. We consider Net Income and Cash Flow Provided by Operating Activities to be the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures to CAD, or Cash Flow.

About Compass Diversified Holdings ("CODI")
CODI owns and manages a diverse family of established North American middle market businesses. Each of its eight current businesses is a leader in their niche market. 

CODI maintains controlling ownership interests in each of its businesses in order to maximize its ability to impact long term cash flow generation and value. The Company provides both debt and equity capital for its businesses, contributing to their financial and operating flexibility. CODI utilizes the cash flows generated by its businesses to invest in the long-term growth of the Company and to make cash distributions to its owners.

Our businesses are engaged in the following lines of business:

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This press release may contain certain forward-looking statements, including statements with regard to the future performance of the Company. Words such as "believes," "expects," "projects," and "future" or similar expressions, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to the inherent uncertainties in predicting future results and conditions. Certain factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in these forward-looking statements, and some of these factors are enumerated in the risk factor discussion in the Form 10-K filed by CODI with the Securities and Exchange Commission for the year ended December 31, 2012 and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. CODI undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Compass Diversified Holdings

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands)

March 31,

December 31,





Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$      16,500

$        18,241

Accounts receivable, less allowance of $3,130 and $3,049






Prepaid expenses and other current assets



    Total current assets



Property, plant and equipment, net






Intangible assets, net



Deferred debt issuance costs, net



Other non-current assets



Total assets

$        965,498

$          955,201

Liabilities and stockholders' equity 

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

$    118,612

$      100,346

Due to related party



Current portion of long-term debt



Current portion of supplemental put obligation



Other liabilities



    Total current liabilities



Long-term debt



Supplemental put obligation



Deferred income taxes



Other non-current liabilities



Total liabilities



Stockholders' equity

Trust shares, no par value, 500,000 authorized; 48,300 shares issued and 

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