Levine Leichtman buys Technical Safety Services
Levine Leichtman Capital Partners has scooped up Technical Safety Services, a Berkley, Calif.-based company ensuring regulatory compliance and productivity across lab environments.
Behind the scenes: Financial terms weren't disclosed. But a source told Axios in May that a 25x multiple of EBITDA was required to advance into the second round of the sale process, which would work out north of $800 million.
- Houlihan Lokey and Harris Williams advised the sellers on what sources called a fast-moving process.
Flashback: Edgewater Funds and JZ Partners acquired TSS in March 2018, fueling an aggressive consolidation play with more than 20 add-on acquisitions.
How it works: TSS tests, certifies and calibrates critical equipment and controlled environments in the life sciences and health care markets.
- On-site technical services are provided at regular intervals.
State of play: The biotech funding boom of the last several years (which has more recently slowed) led to many more labs being built. Thus more demand for TSS.
- LLCP partner Matthew Rich commented in a news release that it would build on TSS' successful growth via "additional strategic M&A and broadening of the company’s services across new geographies, both domestically and internationally."