Prophet Equity’s Allegiance Crane completes USA Mobile Acquisition

Southlake, TX- September 10, 2012 – Prophet Equity announces today that its portfolio company Allegiance Crane & Equipment, LLC (“Allegiance”), a provider of crane and rigging services, has completed the purchase of the assets of USA Mobile Crane, LLC (“USA Mobile Crane”). The combined business will operate as Allegiance Crane & Equipment, LLC. Ross Gatlin, CEO and Managing Partner of Prophet Equity commented, “The successful acquisition of USA Mobile Crane accomplishes multiple strategic objectives, including expanding our high quality customer and employee base as well as continuing to enlarge our fleet, diversifying our customer and service offerings and extending our geographic reach and facility base.”

The acquisition of USA Mobile Crane’s business, with a fleet consisting of mobile cranes (60 – 225 tons in capacity) and the accompanying trucks, trailers and other assets, represents both a geographic expansion to two new branch locations in San Antonio and Carrizo Springs, Texas and a significant increase in exposure to the oil and gas industry. In addition, the San Antonio location provides new access to the very attractive markets of San Antonio and Austin, Texas for additional commercial, infrastructure and power work. Approximately 50 former USA Mobile Crane employees have joined Allegiance. James Robertson, President of Allegiance, said, “We are very excited about adding the USA Mobile Crane team to the Allegiance family! We have two new strategically located facilities that will make us more efficient and more responsive to both new and current customers. Most importantly, I am very impressed with the employees at USA Mobile Crane and we are all encouraged about the added opportunity we have by combining our forces.”

Headquartered in Pompano Beach, FL, with operations in Pompano Beach, Houston, TX, San Antonio TX and Carizzo Springs, TX Allegiance has a fleet of well over 100 cranes and hoists. The crane fleet (ranging from 20 – 650 tons in capacity) includes mobile cranes, crawler cranes and tower cranes. These assets are utilized to provide services to customers in a variety of markets including the oil and gas, petrochemical, refining, marine, power, commercial and infrastructure construction industries. “The continued strong financial performance and industry leading balance sheet of the Allegiance platform, combined with the backing of Prophet Equity, have allowed us to create and expand a uniquely flexible credit facility, enabling acquisitions of strategic add-ons and equipment wherever necessary for our growing business”, said Pelham Smith, Managing Director of Allegiance.

About Allegiance Crane & Equipment, LLC

Allegiance Crane & Equipment, LLC was formed in August 2010 to purchase assets from Gulfstream Crane, LLC (dba General Crane USA). Staffed by a highly skilled workforce, Allegiance operates an equipment fleet comprised of over 100 cranes and hoists and a supporting fleet of trucks, trailers and other assets. The crane fleet (ranging from 20 – 600 tons in capacity) includes mobile cranes, crawler cranes and tower cranes. These assets are utilized to provide services to customers in a variety of markets including the oil and gas, petrochemical, refining, marine, power and the commercial and infrastructure construction industries. Allegiance is dedicated to building on its position as an industry leader in providing the highest quality, most reliable, safest services and dealing with its customers and vendors with the highest level of integrity.

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