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Matrix Capital Markets Group’s Energy & Multi-Site Retail Team Closes Multiple Transactions in January 2007

RICHMOND, VA – March 1, 2007 – Matrix Capital Markets Group announced today that it’s Energy & Multi-Site Retail team has successfully completed the following transactions for January, 2007:

On January 8, 2007, Matrix successfully closed on substantially all of the assets of Southern Convenience Stores, Inc., a North Carolina based owner and operator of retail petroleum marketing outlets and convenience stores throughout North and South Carolina. In the summer of 2006, Matrix began marketing 68 Southern Convenience Store locations through a structured sale process. The stores sold a total of approximately 40 million gallons of motor fuels in 2005.

Mike Frost, President of Southern Convenience Stores, Inc., commented on the sale process, “Considering the complexity of Southern’s operating geographies, Matrix was able to access a broad spectrum of potential buyers from across the country. I found that Matrix’s proprietary buyer network was extremely important in this process.”

The following week, on January 16, Matrix successfully closed on Uni-Marts’ acquisition of 28 BP retail and wholesale fuel assets in the Youngstown, Ohio market. Matrix provided acquisition advisory services to consummate the transaction. Uni-Marts, founded in 1972 by Henry Sahakian and headquartered in State College, PA, is one of the largest, privately held petroleum marketing and convenience store operators in the U.S. With the addition of BP’s Youngstown, Ohio units, Uni-Marts will have 288 units located in Pennsylvania, New York, and Ohio.

Also in January, Matrix successfully closed on the sale of two dozen convenience stores owned by The Hartley Company, a Cambridge, Ohio based owner and operator of 90 retail petroleum marketing outlets and convenience stores throughout Ohio. This divestiture was part of Hartley’s plan to monetize certain assets and reposition the Company for growth.

Matrix’s Energy and Multi-Site Retail Group is recognized as the national leader in providing transactional advisory services to companies in the energy and multi-site retail sectors. Team members are dedicated to these sectors and draw upon complementary experiences to provide advisory services to complete sophisticated merger and acquisition transactions, private debt and equity raises, corporate restructurings, and corporate valuation and long term planning engagements.

About Matrix Capital Markets Group
Matrix Capital Markets Group, Inc. is an independent, advisory focused, privately-held investment bank headquartered in Richmond, VA. Since 1988, Matrix has provided merger & acquisition and financial advisory services for privately-held, private-equity owned and publicly traded companies. Our primary advisory services include company sales, asset divestitures, recapitalizations, management buyouts, capital raises of debt & equity, corporate recovery, fairness opinions and valuations. Matrix has served clients in a wide range of industries, including industrial manufacturing and distribution, building products, business services, consumer products, healthcare, lumber and petroleum marketing & distribution. For additional information, please visit www.matrixcmg.com.

Securities offered by Matrix Private Equities, Inc., an affiliate of Matrix Capital Markets Group, Inc., Member FINRA, SIPC.