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Platinum Equity Sells Canvas Systems to Avnet

January 31, 2012

Los Angeles, CA – Platinum Equity announced today that it sold Canvas Systems to Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT). Canvas is an independent supplier of IT hardware and services. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Platinum acquired controlling interest in Canvas in 2009 from OHC, LLC. OHC retained a minority interest in Canvas under Platinum’s ownership and has also sold its position to Avnet in connection with the transaction announced today.

“We are proud of what we accomplished at Canvas over the past three years in collaboration with the company’s management team and hard-working employees,” said Jacob Kotzubei, partner at Platinum who led the team that acquired Canvas. “The company has grown steadily under Platinum’s ownership and is operationally sound with a culture committed to delivering high levels of customer service. Canvas is well positioned to continue thriving under new ownership.”

Mr. Kotzubei said the Canvas investment was a natural fit for Platinum, given the firm’s history in the IT equipment and services industry.

“We have had a lot of success building and supporting businesses in the IT space,” explained Mr. Kotzubei. “We will continue looking for opportunities to apply our expertise and operations-focused approach.”

Platinum currently owns Pomeroy, a provider of managed IT infrastructure services, professional and staffing services, and procurement and logistics services to Fortune 500 corporations, global outsourcers, and the public sector throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Platinum acquired Pomeroy in 2009.


“Canvas is well positioned to continue thriving under new direction.”