US LBM, a distributor of specialty building materials, reached an agreement to acquire American Construction Source, a building materials distribution platform for custom home builders and repair and remodel contractors. Upon completion of the acquisition, US LBM will operate nearly 400 locations in the United States.

Barclays and Credit Suisse provided debt financing for the transaction. Financial terms of the private transaction were not disclosed. The transaction is expected to close during Q3/21 and is subject to customary closing conditions, including requisite regulatory approvals.

American Construction Source’s portfolio consists of multiple locally branded building material distributors and manufacturers, operating more than 70 locations in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, Washington and Wisconsin. The company is backed by Angeles Equity Partners and Clearlake Capital Group.

“With the addition of the ACS portfolio, US LBM will strengthen our position in the Midwest and California and expand our reach to Colorado and Washington, two quickly growing construction markets,” L.T. Gibson, president and CEO of US LMB, said. “We look forward to working with the ACS team and their local operators to continue leveraging their strong relationships, experience and teams to grow in their respective markets.”

“ACS joining US LBM is a perfect outcome based on the alignment of our shared strategy to preserve longstanding local lumberyard brands and operations while delivering a great customer experience,” James Drexinger, CEO of American Construction Source, said. “We are grateful to our customers, suppliers, leadership team, salespeople and associates for their support. Together we have built a significant industry platform while simultaneously honoring the 100-plus year heritage of the local brands and family legacies we have acquired.”

US LBM has completed more than 65 acquisitions since it was founded in 2009, including four since being acquired by Bain Capital Private Equity in late 2020. Kirkland & Ellis is serving as legal counsel to Bain Capital Private Equity in relation to this transaction.

In addition to this transaction, on May 3, US LBM acquired Higginbotham Brothers, a building products dealer with 40 locations in Texas and Oklahoma.