Closing date: December 31, 2011

Wynnchurch Capital, Ltd. (“Wynnchurch”), a leading middle-market private equity firm with offices in Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Toronto, and an affiliate office in Montreal, invested in NSC Minerals Ltd. (“NSC” or the “Company”) in partnership with NSC’s management. Based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, NSC produces and distributes salt for highway de-icing, industrial, energy, construction, consumer, and agricultural applications. The Company serves customers across western Canada and the northern United States. Wynnchurch will support the Company’s management team as they pursue geographic expansion opportunities and explore strategic acquisitions. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Senior debt financing for the transaction was provided by Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (“CIBC”) as Co-Lead Arranger, Joint Bookrunner, Fronting Agent and Administrative Agent and National Bank of Canada as Co-Lead Arranger, Joint Bookrunner, and Syndication Agent. CIBC and National Bank were represented by Borden Ladner Gervais LLP with a team that included Magnus Verbrugge, Shane Pearlman, Kevin McGrath, Kendall Anderson, Cherie Mah and Martha Martindale.