Hicks Oils & Hicksgas, Incorporated

Transaction Details


Hicks Oils & Hicksgas, Incorporated


Loda, IL



Schaeffer Manufacturing Company

Transaction Type:

M&A Advisory

Close Date:

Hicks Oils is a premier independent lubricant blending and packaging business in southern Illinois that produces automotive and industrial lubricants.

Based in Du Quoin, Illinois, Hicks Oils was formed in 1978 by C. W. Hicks as a further expansion of his integrated petroleum operations, with the initial goal of providing products and services to the local coal mining industry.

In 1989 upon the passing of Mr. Hicks, his grandsons Todd and Shawn Coady joined the Company and took over running the lubricants business and the family’s multiple other companies. Shawn Coady currently serves as President of the business and Todd as Vice President.

Throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s as markets changed, the business evolved and expanded to include contract packaging, private label, and company branded products.

Today, Hicks Oils blends and packages motor oil, hydraulic fluid, gear lubes, transmission fluids and various specialty lubricants for distributors, major oil companies, OEMs, and after-market providers.

Matrix was retained to perform a valuation of the Company and to advise on a sale process. Ultimately, the shareholders decided to sell the business to diversify their wealth and focus on other ventures.

To customize, execute, and complete a confidential sale process in a way that would allow the shareholders to realize maximum after-tax value upon the sale of the Company.

Matrix provided merger and acquisition advisory services to Hicks, which included valuation advisory, marketing of the business through a confidential, structured sale process, and negotiation of the transaction. The sale process included a buyer pool of regional and national lubricants blending and packaging companies & a select pool of private equity-backed lubricants blending and packagers.

Multiple offers were received, and Schaeffer Manufacturing Company (“Schaeffer”) was selected as the acquirer based on their competitive offer.

Matrix assisted in the negotiation of the purchase agreement and coordinated the due diligence and closing process.

The transaction with Schaeffer closed in February 2024.

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