Matrix Capital Markets Group, Inc. is an independent, advisory focused, privately-held investment bank. Since 1988, Matrix has provided merger & acquisition and financial advisory services to privately-held, private-equity owned and publicly traded companies.
Fortis Business Media, LLC (d/b/a BLR), headquartered in Brentwood, TN, is a leading provider of compliance and training solutions in the B2B arena.
Matrix was retained by BLR to pursue a recapitalization of the business, with the objective of selling a majority of the founder’s ownership interest and finding a financial partner to support the growth trajectory of the business.
Matrix marketed the business to a broad universe of generalist private equity buyers and limited number of private equity buyers with relevant assets/portfolio companies.
Received multiple initial indications of interest and several letters of intent, providing the Company’s Board of Directors and management team the opportunity to select from a menu of diverse options/structures.
Completed a recapitalization with the Company’s existing mezzanine lenders that included the redemption of a significant portion of the ownership interest of its founder and largest shareholder.
Alta East, Inc. (“Alta East” or the “Company”), with roots dating back to 1929, operated a fuels distribution and transportation business that was located primarily in the Hudson Valley of New York, from the greater New York City metropolitan area to just north of Lake George, New York
After substantially growing the business through an acquisition in 2013, the Company’s sole shareholder, D.W. Porto, contacted Matrix regarding his desire to sell the Company’s fuels distribution and transportation businesses in order to redeploy capital to other non-petroleum related business segments
To create, manage, and execute on a confidential sale process that would allow Alta East to realize maximum value for its fuels distribution and transportation assets
Matrix provided merger and acquisition advisory services to Alta East, which included valuation advisory, marketing of the Company through a customized, confidential, structured sale process, and negotiation of the transaction
Several competing offers were received and after further negotiations with the various potential buyers, definitive purchase agreements were finalized with Susser Petroleum Operating Company, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Sunoco LP (NYSE: SUN)
The transaction was structured with two purchase agreements that separately covered the Company’s fuels distribution and fuels transportation assets
Matrix advised Alta throughout the negotiation of the purchase agreement and coordinated the due diligence and closing process
Both components of the transaction closed on the same day in December 2015
Biscayne Petroleum, LLC and Everglades Petroleum, LLC (collectively the “Company”) were formed in 2011 for the purpose of acquiring convenience stores and gas stations that were being sold by ExxonMobil Corporation. By operating the Company alongside its sister company, Victory Petroleum, Inc., the Company’s shareholders intended to hold both Biscayne Petroleum and Everglades Petroleum as long-term strategic investments.
Robust M&A activity in 2014 and early in 2015 led the shareholders to believe that there might be a potential opportunity in the marketplace to exit at a very attractive valuation well before the shareholders’ expected holding period. Matrix was contacted to perform a valuation of the Company.
Matrix worked with Management to understand the assets and opportunity it presented for potential buyers and discussed the likely transaction value range along with a recommended sale process, which the owners decided to move forward on.
To maximize transaction proceeds in a sale of the Company.
Matrix provided merger and acquisition advisory services to the Company, which included valuation advisory, marketing of the Company through a customized, confidential, structured sale process, and negotiation of the transaction.
Matrix executed a highly confidential sale process by contacting select strategic, financial, and international buyers who Matrix knew would have an interest in C&G assets in these markets and had the financial capacity to complete the transaction.
Several, highly competitive offers were received and 7-Eleven, Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary, SEI Fuel Services, Inc., were selected as the purchaser.
Matrix assisted in the negotiation of the purchase agreement and coordinated the due diligence and closing process.
The transaction closed in November 2015.