RES to Receive New Investment from Onex Partners and Continued Investment from KKR
Significant Investment to Fuel Next Phase of Growth as RES Achieves National Scale, Targets Growing Infrastructure and Resiliency Drivers
February 07, 2022
Houston, TX, Toronto, ON – Resource Environmental Solutions, LLC (“RES” or “the company”), the nation’s largest ecological restoration company, today announced that Onex Partners V, Onex Corporation’s (“Onex”)(TSX: ONEX) $7.2 billion fund, has agreed to make a significant investment in RES, together with funds affiliated with the company’s existing investor, KKR. This investment, made in partnership with management, is in support of RES’ continued growth and development.
RES’ mission is to restore a resilient earth for a modern world, project by project. The company supports the public and private sectors with solutions for environmental mitigation, stormwater, water quality, and climate and flooding resilience. RES delivers durable ecological uplift on its sites, based on science-led design, full delivery, long-term stewardship, and guaranteed performance.
“We could not be more excited to have these two firms backing us,” said Darrell Whitley, RES President and CEO. “In our first 14 years, we’ve proven that ecological restoration can be trusted to improve and preserve the environment in balance with human progress. Today, RES is the environmental employer of choice. With the backing of Onex Partners and KKR, we will continue to invest in talent and capabilities, and grow into new markets and new communities. Our access to additional investment capital will also help us to continue with product line expansion into coastal resiliency, large scale water quality projects, new mitigation banks, and carbon solutions,” Whitley continued.
Amir Motamedi, a Managing Director of Onex Partners, said: “RES is the nation’s leading provider of nature-based solutions and green infrastructure thanks to the contributions of every team member at the company. With its strong culture and can-do spirit, we’re confident RES will continue its growth trajectory both organically and through acquisitions. We are delighted to be partnered with Darrell, the entire RES team and KKR during this next chapter.”
Robert Antablin and Ken Mehlman, Co-Heads of KKR Global Impact, added: “We are thrilled to continue our relationship with RES and support them, alongside Onex Partners, on their mission to help communities navigate the impacts of climate change. While we have made great progress since KKR’s initial investment in helping to establish RES as an industry leader while growing the company’s operations, capabilities and team, we are looking forward to even more growth ahead.”
Elliott Bouillion, Founder and Executive Chairman, concluded, “I am thrilled to see RES continue its journey and mission to restore a resilient earth for our modern world. I believe that Onex Partners and KKR will be formidable partners and dedicated stewards of our business during the next phase of ownership. I look forward to working closely with Onex Partners, KKR, Darrell and the rest of the RES management team as we aim to take RES to the next level and drive even more growth and transformation in the years ahead.”
The transaction is anticipated to close in the first quarter subject to customary conditions and regulatory approvals. Financial details for the transaction are not being disclosed at this time.