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March 23, 2018

Harris Williams & Co., a preeminent middle market investment bank focused on the advisory needs of clients worldwide for more than 25 years, announces that it is exclusively advising EP Minerals, LLC (EP Minerals), a portfolio company of Golden Gate Capital, on its pending sale to U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:SLCA; U.S. Silica).  EP Minerals is a global producer of engineered materials derived from industrial minerals including diatomaceous earth (DE), clay (calcium bentonite) and perlite. The transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions, is being led by Tim Webb, Patrick McNulty, John Lautemann, Ty Denoncourt and Chris Toussaint of Harris Williams & Co.’s Industrials Group as well as John Neuner of the firm’s Richmond office.

Private equity investors remain focused on the attractive returns they can generate through investments in healthcare, while strategic acquirers see M&A in the industry as a way to accelerate cost reductions.