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August 6, 2007
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PISCATAWAY, N.J. - American Standard Companies Inc. signed a definitive agreement to sell the company’s worldwide Bath and Kitchen products business to funds advised by Bain Capital Partners LLC, a private investment firm, for $1.755 billion in cash.

Following the spinoff and the sale, American Standard Companies will change its name to Trane. Trane is the flagship brand of its global Air Conditioning Systems and Services business, which last year generated sales of $6.8 billion. Trane will retain the American Standard brand name for its HVAC and related products, while the newly formed Bath and Kitchen business will retain the name for its markets.

Upon completion of the sale, Bain Capital will acquire all of American Standard’s Bath and Kitchen business with 2006 annual sales of $2.4 billion, 26,000 employees, and 54 production facilities in 23 countries worldwide. The business manufactures and markets products under brand names such as American Standard®, Ideal Standard®, Armitage Shanks®, Porcher®, Jado®, Ceramica Dolomite®, and Vidima®.

The sale closing is expected to occur early in the fourth quarter. The company intends to use proceeds of the sale primarily to repurchase common stock and reduce debt to keep the company at investment-grade standards. The sale is subject to normal regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions. Shareholder approval is not required. The buyer has secured firm financing commitments.

“This is a major milestone in our plan to separate American Standard into three focused, better understood companies,” said Fred Poses, American Standard chairman and CEO.

“We believe that Bain Capital’s all-cash offer provides excellent value for our shareowners. Bath and Kitchen is a global market leader, with size, global reach, and organizational talent. It has a rich history and a great future for its customers, employees, and new owners.”

“This is a market-leading global company with a wonderful heritage, a strong portfolio of brands, deep customer relationships, and an experienced management team,” said Steve Barnes, a managing director at Bain Capital.

For more information, visit www.americanstandard.com.

Publication date: 08/06/2007  

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