July 13, 2024

The board of directors at BrightView Holdings has appointed Dale A. Asplund, 55, as president and CEO effective October 1, 2023.

In conjunction with his appointment as CEO, Asplund will also join the BrightView board as a director as of that date.

In addition, BrightView’s affiliate of One Rock Capital Partners, a private equity firm, has made a $500 million strategic investment in the company in the form of convertible preferred stock.

Asplund’s appointment follows a thorough search process, conducted by the board over the last number of months in consultation with a leading search firm.

Asplund succeeds interim president and CEO Jim Abrahamson. Abrahamson, who has served as a BrightView independent director since 2015, will remain as a member of the board.

Asplund brings 25 years of extensive operational, service provider, and publicly traded company expertise to BrightView from United Rentals, Inc., the world’s largest equipment rental company. Most recently, as executive vice president and chief operating officer, a position he was appointed to in 2019, Asplund served on the executive leadership team with company-wide responsibility for operations and employee safety. Asplund, who joined United Rentals in 1998, has held strategic leadership roles encompassing business services, shared services, supply chain, fleet management, and information technology. Earlier in his career, Asplund worked for United Waste Systems.

“We are excited to welcome Dale to the BrightView team. Dale is an outstanding leader whose proven operational excellence and exceptional strategic capabilities make him an ideal choice for our next CEO,” says Paul E. Raether, chairman of the board of directors. “As BrightView continues its transformational journey, the Board looks forward to working with Dale to deliver long-term growth and value for shareholders and is grateful to Jim for leading the Company through this transition period and his continued involvement in BrightView.”

“I am excited to lead this great company and talented team into its next phase of growth and performance,” Asplund says. “BrightView has firmly established itself as the industry leader in commercial landscaping. I look forward to collaborating with the Board, senior management, and dedicated team members to build upon their success. Underscoring my confidence in the Company’s future, in the coming weeks, I plan to make a personal investment of approximately $5 million in BrightView shares.”

The Asplund announcement follows the company’s recent fiscal third quarter earnings report. Project Accelerate, the company’s cost containment initiative, has been materially expanded and is transitioning into the implementation phase – now identified as Project Liberty, with the intent of driving continued growth in revenue, profitability, and margin expansion.

As part of its strategic initiatives, BrightView has received an investment from One Rock in the form of $500 million newly-issued shares of convertible preferred stock. BrightView will use 90% of the proceeds from the investment to pay down debt, helping to significantly de-lever the company’s balance sheet to 3.1x net debt to LTM Adjusted EBITDA and position it for growth under Asplund’s new leadership.

Remaining funds from the new investment, coupled with increased free cash flow due to lower interest expense, are expected to provide BrightView with the flexibility to pursue acquisitions of complementary landscape businesses and other accretive initiatives. BrightView’s existing shareholders are not selling any shares in connection with the transaction.

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