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Wilton, CT – December 1, 2010. Saugatuck Capital Company is pleased to announce the sale of Floor and Decor Outlets of America, Inc. (“Floor and Decor”) to an investor group led by Ares Management LLC, Freeman Spogli & Co. and the Floor and Decor management team.

Saugatuck Capital Company and Najeti Ventures acquired control of Floor and Decor in February 2003 at which time the Company had only two stores. Today, Floor and Decor operates 25 super-stores in 9 states and is one of the largest specialty retailers of hard surface flooring in the country. Under the leadership of Vincent West, the founder of Floor and Decor, and an extremely talented management team, the Company has earned recognition as a leader and innovator in the industry.

Regarding the investment, Frank Hawley, Managing Director and the Founder of Saugatuck Capital, commented, “The successful implementation of Vincent West’s vision resulting in exceptional market penetration and rapid growth, is a testament to the entire management team and the private equity investors. Saugatuck is pleased to be part of Floor and Decor’s impressive accomplishments and wishes management and the new owners continued success.”

Founded in 1982, Saugatuck is a long-established private investment firm committed to leveraged recapitalizations, buyouts, and growth equity investments in the lower middle-market. Sourcing investment opportunities through an unparalleled network of contacts, Saugatuck invests in profitable, well-established, service-driven businesses. The firm has been dedicated to a philosophy of hands-on value creation in which exceptional management teams, in partnership with Saugatuck’s capital and expertise, build outstanding companies.