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Comvest Announces Sale of Security Chimneys from Innovative Hearth Products

West Palm Beach, FL, November 28, 2012 – The Comvest Group (“Comvest”), through its Comvest Investment Partners IV, L.P. fund (“Comvest IV”) is pleased to announce the sale of the Security Chimneys International Limited (Security) from its parent company, Innovative Hearth Products (“IHP”) to M&G DuraVent Inc (DuraVent). Security is a manufacturer of residential and commercial venting products and accessories located in Laval, Quebec, Canada. Innovative Hearth Products was formed as part of a merger between Lennox Hearth Products, LLC and FMI Products, LLC. IHP manufactures fireplaces, fireplace inserts, free-standing stoves and inserts, gas log sets, accessories, and venting products.

John Caple, a Managing Director with Comvest, said, "We are excited to see Security Chimneys International Limited join forces with M&G DuraVent Inc. DuraVent’s focus and strength in the venting market will accelerate the growth at Security and the transaction allows our company to focus on the fireplace and stove markets. We thank the employees of Security Chimneys International Limited for their contribution to the success of both Lennox Hearth Products and Innovative Hearth Products and wish them the best going forward.”

Mark Klein, CEO of IHP, said, “Our management team has been pleased with the market’s reaction to the recent formation of Innovative Hearth Products. We believe that the sale of Security Chimneys International Limited will allow IHP to focus on our core hearth products and customers.”

About Innovative Hearth Products:

Offering a diverse family of products for every style and budget, Innovative Hearth Products (IHP) is a leading manufacturer of indoor and outdoor fireplaces, fireplace inserts, free-standing stoves, gas log sets, accessories and venting products for the specialty retail, residential new construction and industrial markets. IHP has manufacturing plants in Auburn, WA, Union City, TN, Russellville, AL and Santa Ana, CA.

 About Comvest:

The Comvest Group, with $1.2 billion of assets under management, provides flexible financing solutions to lower middle-market companies through its equity and debt funds, often meeting time-critical and complex funding requirements.  Our firm includes seasoned, senior level operating executives who partner with managers and owners of companies to operationally improve businesses and create long-term value.  Since 2000, Comvest has invested more than $1.6 billion of capital in over 110 public and private companies. Please visit www.comvest.com.


For more information:

Louis Colosimo, Comvest -- (212) 829-5880, [email protected]

John Caple, Comvest -- (561) 727-2055, [email protected]

Mark Klein, CEO IHP -- (866) 328-4537, [email protected]