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April 29, 2013

KKR Asset Management to Provide Debt Financing to Uralita, a Leading Multinational Manufacturer of Building Materials, Headquartered in Spain

LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- KKR Asset Management ("KAM") a leading sub-investment grade manager that is wholly-owned by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. (together with its affiliates, "KKR"), today announced that KKR has entered into an agreement with Uralita S.A., and its subsidiary, URSA Insulation, to provide a €320 million seven-year facility to repay current lenders — both banks and noteholders — and to develop URSA´s pan-European insulation business. The investment has been made through investment funds managed by KAM's Special Situations business.

Uralita (BME: URA) is a multinational company of building materials, and its insulation division, URSA, is a leading European company in the field of thermal and acoustic insulation in buildings. As a leading independent building insulation manufacturer offering a European-wide industrial and commercial footprint, URSA is believed to be well positioned for the growth potential in the insulation market in Europe, based on necessary energy efficiency improvements in the building stock over the next decades. Currently, URSA operates 14 factories located in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, Spain and Turkey.

Jesus Olmos, Member of the firm and in charge of KKR's Spanish operations, said, "we are very excited about the opportunity to support Uralita, which is a market-leading company with a strong international position and growth potential, headquartered in Spain. We are looking forward to building a long term relationship with Uralita."

Mubashir Mukadam, KKR's European Head of Special Situations, added, "amidst the current dislocation in the European markets, we are in a position to make attractive investments in world class enterprises, providing vital capital solutions to the companies with which we partner and interesting opportunities for our investors . With this investment, we combined the strength of our European-based Special Situation team, the local knowledge of our Spanish KKR team, and the deep sector expertise of the firm, resulting in us being able to act on a great opportunity to work with a great company."

Lazard has acted as financial advisor for KKR in this process.

About KKR:

Founded in 1976 and led by Henry Kravis and George Roberts, KKR is a leading global investment firm with $78.3 billion in assets under management as of March 31, 2013. With offices around the world, KKR manages assets through a variety of investment funds and accounts covering multiple asset classes. KKR seeks to create value by bringing operational expertise to its portfolio companies and through active oversight and monitoring of its investments. KKR complements its investment expertise and strengthens interactions with fund investors through its client relationships and capital markets platform. KKR & Co. L.P. is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: KKR), and "KKR," as used in this release, includes its subsidiaries, their managed investment funds and accounts, and/or their affiliated investment vehicles, as appropriate.

KKR has a long established history of successfully partnering with companies and shareholders in Europe, having made its first investment in Europe 17 years ago.

KKR has invested over €800 million in Spain in the last two years. Of the more than 80 portfolio companies, 17 have operations in Spain contributing to the social and business fabric of the country, employing over 6,000 people. These companies operate in very different industries such as IT, energy, aerial, chemical, bio-medics, pharmaceutical, education, intellectual property and others. For additional information, please visit KKR's website at

About KKR Asset Management:

Launched by KKR in 2004, KAM invests on behalf of its managed funds, clients and accounts across long/short equities and the corporate credit spectrum, including secured credit, bank loans and high yield securities and alternative assets such as mezzanine financing, special situations investing and structured finance. With more than 100 employees, including 50 investment professionals, KAM's investment teams are closely aligned with KKR's wealth of private equity investment and industry resources. KAM has $27.9 billion in assets under management as of March 31, 2013. For additional information, please visit KKR's website at

About Uralita:

Uralita is a multinational company of building materials oriented towards sustainability, either through the improvement of energy efficiency in buildings, or through efficient water management. The company is one of the key European players in the Insulation business arena and it also holds leading positions in its other businesses, mainly in the Iberian Peninsula: Gypsum, Pipes and Roof Tiles. It counts with 30 factories in 10 different countries and it is present in more than 25. URALITA counts with a premium level team of more than 2,700 employees.

About URSA:

URSA is the insulation division of Uralita. It is one of the leading European companies in the field of insulation and its main products are glass mineral wool and extruded polystyrene (XPS), covering all applications in the fields of thermal and acoustic insulation in buildings. This offer positions URSA in the forefront of sustainable and energy efficient buildings. Currently, URSA operates 14 factories located in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, Spain and Turkey.

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