Houston, April 3, 2006 – Vista Private Equity Group, a Houston-based private equity investment firm specializing in equity investments within the smaller end of the middle market, announced today that it led the acquisition of privately-held Hamilton Engineering, Inc. (“Hamilton”), of Houston, Texas, a leading provider of high-value, engineering consulting services to the oil and gas industry. Terms were not disclosed.

Joining Vista Private Equity Group is lead investor, ShoreView Industries, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. ShoreView Industries manages a $300 million private equity limited partnership. ShoreView Industries invests this partnership in established, middle-market companies with operations in North America, across a wide range of industries. ShoreView Industries structures a variety of acquisition, recapitalization and build-up transactions, typically in businesses with revenues ranging between $20 million and $150 million. Excel Bank of Minnesota and GMB Mezzanine Capital provided the senior debt financing. Subordinated debt was also provided by GMB Mezzanine Capital.

Charles Brown II, Chief Executive Officer of Hamilton, said: “We are very enthusiastic about our new partnership with Vista and ShoreView Industries and the next phase for Hamilton which will focus on continued revenue growth and a focus on providing our customers with the premier engineering consultants in the industry.”

Hamilton Engineering, Inc. (www.hamilton-engineering.net), founded in 1976 and based in Houston, Texas, is one of the leading providers of high-value, engineering consulting services to the oil and gas industry on a global basis. Hamilton specializes in the supervision of drilling, completion and workovers. Hamilton also performs detailed well planning and has the capability to manage producing properties.

About Vista Private Equity Group

Founded in 2006, Vista Private Equity Group (www.vistagroupllp.com) seeks to make investments in private companies within the smaller end of the middle market. Vista’s core investment focus is providing equity capital to support these types of businesses when they face a critical “transition” point – primarily ownership transitions or transformative growth initiatives.


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