Harris Williams Advises Artera Services, LLC on its Acquisition of Feeney Utility Services Group

June 28, 2021

Harris Williams, a global investment bank specializing in M&A advisory services, announces it advised Artera Services, LLC (Artera), a portfolio company of Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R) and one of the nation’s largest providers of integrated infrastructure services to natural gas and electric industries, on its acquisition of Feeney Utility Services Group (FUSG). The transaction was led by Drew Spitzer and Matt White of the Harris Williams Energy, Power & Infrastructure (EPI) Group.

“We believe FUSG is a strategic fit with Artera, expanding Artera’s strength as a leader in gas distribution services and extending the company’s footprint in the attractive Northeast market,” said Matt White, a managing director at Harris Williams. “We look forward to seeing what the combined company accomplishes.”

“We continue to see investor interest in companies providing services to all facets of the utility landscape given tremendous tailwinds in the sector, including aging infrastructure, increasing regulatory requirements, energy transition and continued utility outsourcing,” added Drew Spitzer, a managing director at Harris Williams. “It was a pleasure working with Artera and CD&R on this transaction.”

Artera, headquartered in Atlanta, is a more than $2.6 billion in revenue industry-leading provider of integrated infrastructure services to the natural gas and electric industries across 39 states. Artera employs more than 10,800 people throughout the United States and focuses on maintenance, replacement, upgrade and integrity of existing infrastructure. Artera’s business units are recognized market leaders, have long-standing operating histories in the industry, and are well respected for shared common core values of safety, quality, commitment and reputation.

CD&R is a private investment firm with a strategy predicated on building stronger, more profitable businesses. Since inception, CD&R has managed the investment of more than $35 billion in 100 companies with an aggregate transaction value of more than $150 billion. The firm has offices in New York and London.

FUSG, headquartered in Boston, leverages the resources and strength of its business units, Feeney Brothers Utility Services and DDS Companies, to be a leading natural gas utility service provider in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.

Harris Williams, an investment bank specializing in M&A advisory services, advocates for sellers and buyers of companies worldwide through critical milestones and provides thoughtful advice during the lives of their businesses. By collaborating as one firm across Industry Groups and geographies, the firm helps its clients achieve outcomes that support their objectives and strategically create value. Harris Williams is committed to execution excellence and to building enduring, valued relationships that are based on mutual trust. Harris Williams is a subsidiary of the PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC).

The Harris Williams EPI Group has significant experience advising market leading providers of technology, services and products across a broad range of sectors. These sectors include energy management; infrastructure services; utility services; testing, inspection, and certification services; environmental services; engineering and construction; power products and technology; and energy technology. For more information on the Group’s experience, please visit the EPI Group’s section of the Harris Williams website.

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