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Quarterly Report


This Item 2 contains forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, some of which are beyond our control. Our actual results, performance, prospects or opportunities could differ materially from those expressed in or implied by the forward-looking statements. Additional risks of which we are not currently aware or which we currently deem immaterial could also cause our actual results to differ, including those discussed in the sections entitled "Forward-Looking Statements" included elsewhere in this Quarterly Report as well as those risk factors discussed in the section entitled "Risk Factors" in our annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012.


Compass Diversified Holdings, a Delaware statutory trust, was incorporated in Delaware on November 18, 2005. Compass Group Diversified Holdings LLC, a Delaware limited liability company, was also formed on November 18, 2005. In accordance with the Trust Agreement, the Trust is sole owner of 100% of the Trust Interests (as defined in the LLC Agreement) of the Company and, pursuant to the LLC Agreement, the Company has outstanding the identical number of Trust Interests as the number of outstanding shares of the Trust. The Manager is the sole owner of 100% of the Allocation Interests of the Company. The Company is the operating entity with a board of directors and other corporate governance responsibilities, similar to that of a Delaware corporation.

The Trust and the Company were formed to acquire and manage a group of small and middle-market businesses headquartered in North America. We characterize small to middle market businesses as those that generate annual cash flows of up to $60 million. We focus on companies of this size because of our belief that these companies are often more able to achieve growth rates above those of their relevant industries and are also frequently more susceptible to efforts to improve earnings and cash flow.

In pursuing new acquisitions, we seek businesses with the following characteristics:

North American base of operations;

stable and growing earnings and cash flow;

maintains a significant market share in defensible industry niche (i.e., has a "reason to exist");

solid and proven management team with meaningful incentives;

low technological and/or product obsolescence risk; and

a diversified customer and supplier base.

Our management team's strategy for our businesses involves:

utilizing structured incentive compensation programs tailored to each business to attract, recruit and retain talented managers to operate our businesses;

regularly monitoring financial and operational performance, instilling consistent financial discipline, and supporting management in the development and implementation of information systems to effectively achieve these goals;

assisting management in their analysis and pursuit of prudent organic cash flow growth strategies (both revenue and cost related);

identifying and working with management to execute attractive external growth and acquisition opportunities; and

forming strong subsidiary level boards of directors to supplement management in their development and implementation of strategic goals and objectives.

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We are dependent on the earnings of, and cash receipts from our businesses to meet our corporate overhead and management fee expenses and to pay distributions. These earnings and distributions, net of any minority interests in these businesses, are generally available:

first, to meet capital expenditure requirements, management fees and corporate overhead expenses;

second, to fund distributions from the businesses to the Company; and

third, to be distributed by the Trust to shareholders.

2013 Highlights

Debt Re-pricing

On April 3, 2013, we exercised an option to increase the Term Loan Facility by $30.0 million. Net proceeds from this incremental term loan were used to reduce outstanding loans on the Revolving Credit Facility. In connection with the increase, we amended the pricing of the Credit Facility wherein borrowings under the Term Loan Facility now bear interest at LIBOR plus 4.00% with a floor of 1.00% and borrowings under the Revolving Credit Facility now bear interest at LIBOR plus 1.50% - 2.50%. In addition, the amendment provides for a reduction in commitment fees on revolving loan availability to 0.75% and extended the maturity date on the Revolving Credit Facility to April 2017. All other material terms of the Credit Facility remain unchanged. We incurred fees and expenses of approximately $1.9 million.


Net sales during the first quarter of 2013 increased at seven of our eight businesses when compared to the first quarter of 2012 net sales. The preliminary estimate of U.S. gross domestic product ("GDP"), a measure of the total production of goods and services in the United States, increased during the first quarter of 2013 at the seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 2.5%, compared to 0.4% in the fourth quarter of 2012. The increased rate of growth was fueled by consumer spending, which positively impacted sales and earnings of our branded products businesses consisting of CamelBak, Ergobaby, Fox and Liberty Safe. Continued growth in consumer will positively impact growth in these businesses. Alternatively, Department of Defense cutbacks had a negative impact on revenues and earnings in the first quarter of 2013 at Advanced Circuits and Arnold, two of our industrial niche businesses. Our significant liquidity allows us the opportunity to reinvest in our existing businesses and pursue additional platform and bolt-on acquisitions through the remainder of fiscal 2013.

Middle market deal flow in the first quarter of 2013 was slower than typical, in part due to a high level of tax-driven transactions in the fourth quarter of 2012 resulting in a reduced deal pipeline at the start of the year. We have recently experienced a slight uptick in the early stages of deal activity and are cautiously optimistic that deal flow will increase over the balance of this year. Valuation levels remain relatively high for high quality companies, driven by the continued availability of debt capital with attractive terms and financial and strategic buyers seeking to deploy equity capital.

Results of Operations

We were formed on November 18, 2005 and acquired our existing businesses (segments) as follows:

May 16, 2006 August 1, 2006 August 31, 2007 January 4, 2008 March 31, 2010

Advanced Circuits Tridien American Furniture Fox Liberty Safe

September 16, 2010 August 24, 2011 March 5, 2012

Ergobaby CamelBak Arnold Magnetics

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In the following results of operations, we provide (i) our actual consolidated results of operations for the three-months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012, which includes the historical results of operations of our businesses (operating segments) from the date of acquisition and (ii) comparative results of operations for each of our businesses on a stand-alone basis for the three-months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012 which include relevant pro-forma adjustments to historical results and explanations, where appropriate, for the 2012 acquisition.

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