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Woodbridge International Closes Sale of A Leading U.S. Chemical Distributor

Woodbridge International, a global mergers and acquisitions firm, is pleased to announce the acquisition of its client, A Chemical Distributor by A U.S. Private Equity Group.

The Chemical Distributor’s customer base includes Fortune 500 and other large and medium-sized companies.

The Private Equity Group is a private investment firm with deep expertise in operations and growth enhancement in the middle market.

Woodbridge International Closes Sale of Naturally Aged Flooring to Q.E.P. Co. Inc.

Woodbridge International, a global mergers and acquisitions firm, is pleased to announce the acquisition of its client, Ace Flooring, Inc., dba Naturally Aged Flooring, to Q.E.P. Co., Inc.

Naturally Aged Flooring, located in Moorpark, CA is a premier hardwood flooring manufacturer, importer, and distributor serving a national customer base of over 2,500 mostly independently-owned retailers and has been in business since 1976.

Q.E.P. Co., Inc., founded in 1979, is a world class, worldwide provider of innovative, quality and value- driven flooring and industrial solutions. As a leading manufacturer, marketer and distributor, QEP delivers a comprehensive line of hardwood and laminate flooring, flooring installation tools, adhesives and flooring related products targeted for the professional installer as well as the do-it-yourselfer.

Woodbridge International Closes Sale of Stretch Internet to Battery Ventures in 169 days

Woodbridge International, a global mergers and acquisitions firm, is pleased to announce the acquisition of its client, Stretch Internet by CE Holdco, LLC, a portfolio company of Battery Ventures, Boston, Mass.

Stretch Internet LLC, located in Gilbert, Arizona, is the #1 streaming provider in the U.S. collegiate athletic space, catering to 40% of the 1,300+ four-year schools in the major athletics organizations (NCAA and NAIA) and partnering with 32% of all collegiate conferences. In 2017, Stretch was named to the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing-privately held companies in the U.S.

“We are thrilled to announce the acquisition of Stretch Internet by Battery Ventures,” said Stretch Internet founder Ryan Ermeling. “When Battery first reached out to us several months back, they shared a compelling narrative about their vision for building a comprehensive college sports division, and we’re excited to become a pivotal part of that plan. Stretch Internet already has some exciting initiatives that will carry the company forward in dramatic ways, and this acquisition only accelerates that journey.”

Ryan Ermeling, who started the company in his garage in 2003, will serve in a consultative role as Battery formulates its plans for the new venture.

Battery Ventures, is a global, technology focused investment firm pursuing the most promising companies and ideas. Founded in 1983, the firm makes venture-capital and private equity investments from offices in Boston, Silicon Valley, London and Israel. Battery Ventures has invested in more than 300 companies over their 35-year history.

Woodbridge International Closes Sale of Athletica Sport Systems to Fulcrum Capital Partners in 228 days

Woodbridge International, a global mergers and acquisitions firm, is pleased to announce the acquisition of its client, Athletica Sport Systems by Fulcrum Capital Partners.

Athletica Sport Systems, located in Waterloo, Ontario, is a global leader in the design, manufacture and installation of premium-quality arena infrastructure equipment, including its market-leading dasher board systems for hockey arenas and multi-sport athletic facilities.

“We are thrilled to announce this transaction and partnership with Fulcrum,” said Andrew McRae, CEO of Athletica. “Fulcrum has a long history of value creation by assisting businesses such as ours to execute strategic goals. We look forward to working with Fulcrum to pave the way for Athletica’s next phase of growth.”

Robert Naegele Jr., a driving force behind Athletica’s success, will continue to be involved with the company, contributing his vast knowledge in the sport of hockey and the business.

Fulcrum Capital Partners, (“Fulcrum”) a Canadian private equity firm focused on the Canadian lower middle market has raised and invested over $750 million in 45 platform companies. The investment was made by Fulcrum Capital’s Private Equity Fund V and marks the eighth platform investment made from Fund V, which closed in July 2015.

Woodbridge International Closes Sale of Media Response Group to Oi2 Media

Woodbridge International, a global mergers and acquisitions firm, is pleased to announce the acquisition of its client, Media Response Group (MRG), a portfolio company of VSS, a New York-based private equity firm, to Oi2 Media Corp.

Headquartered in Madrid, Spain, Media Response Group is a digital marketing group with proprietary media and technology focused on Latin America. The Company’s product lines include display advertising, video streaming, mobile, programmatic and other digital marketing solutions. With over 150 million monthly users, MRG provides access to the fast-growing Spanish and Portuguese speaking markets and has the second largest reach in Latin America. Clients include many of the world’s most prestigious global brands.

Oi2 Media Corp is a leading content and services provider to the audio and video marketplace in the U.S. with a growing presence in Latin America and Europe through over a network of 1,700+ radio affiliations to over 1,000+ unique radio stations with a territorial presence in 33 countries. Oi2 Media Corp. is based in Orlando, Florida. It has operations in Latin America, Europe, and internationally.

VSS provides capital for growth financings, recapitalizations, strategic acquisitions and buyouts to lower middle market companies and management teams with the goal of building companies organically as well as through a focused add-on acquisition program. VSS makes privately-negotiated investments across the capital structure and has the ability to invest in situations requiring control or non-control equity, mezzanine securities and structured equity securities.

Woodbridge International Closes Sale of Zamp Solar to PulseTech Products

Woodbridge International, a global mergers and acquisitions firm, is pleased to announce the acquisition of its client, SNJ Enterprises, Inc. dba Zamp Solar (“the Company”) by PulseTech Products Corporation.

Zamp Solar, located in Bend, Oregon, is a premier designer and manufacturer off-grid solar modules and rugged portable and recreational vehicle solar energy products. The Company has created a niche in high-quality, easy-to-install kits that charge or maintain any traditional 12-volt battery bank or rechargeable lithium-ion battery. Zamp’s energy storage solutions are used by the RV, marine, industrial, automotive, mobility and off-grid markets.

Southlake, Texas-based PulseTech Products Corporation manufacturers I2-volt, lead-acid battery maintenance and testing products, including ruggedized solar panels. The company sells to the U.S. military, first responders, commercial fleet and equipment owners for dual military and commercial uses, as well as to consumers looking to maximize battery performance and dramatically reduce battery-related expenses.

Woodbridge International Closes Sale of Atlanta Cheesecake to Dessert Holdings

Woodbridge International, a global mergers and acquisitions firm, is pleased to announce the acquisition of its client, Atlanta Cheesecake Company (ACC), by Dessert Holdings, a holding company formed by private equity firm Gryphon Investors.

Atlanta Cheesecake Company began as a family business in 1988 on the Van der Blom family farm in Anniston, Alabama. Now based in Kennesaw, Georgia, ACC offers over 140 dessert varieties and delivers products to well-known grocery retailers in North America. Atlanta Cheesecake Company is committed to the highest standards in food quality and safety and uses the finest all-natural ingredients.

Dessert Holdings, based in St. Paul, Minnesota, is an umbrella company that consists of several premium dessert companies and brands: The Original Cakerie, Lawler’s Desserts and Atlanta Cheesecake Company. The Original Cakerie, founded in 1979, is a leading manufacturer of high-quality frozen desserts for retail and foodservice customers across Canada and the U.S. Lawler’s Desserts, a manufacturer of gourmet cheesecakes, layer cakes, pies and other premium desserts, is based in Humble, Texas.

Based in San Francisco, Gryphon Investors is a leading private equity firm focused on profitably growing and competitively enhancing middle-market companies in partnership with experienced management.

In the announcement of the transaction by Gryphon Investors, Meg Sapp, President of ACC, said, “We are confident that the team at Dessert Holdings shares our values and our commitment to delivering innovative desserts of the highest quality, and we look forward to a partnership that will bring Atlanta Cheesecake Company products to even more people.”

Woodbridge International Hires Derek Avdul to Expand and Strengthen its M&A Advisory Services

Woodbridge International, a leading middle-market global mergers and acquisition firm, is pleased to announce and welcome Derek Avdul as Director of Mergers & Acquisitions. He will report to Andrew J. Buchholtz, Partner and Head of Investment Banking. Derek will be responsible for guiding sell-side clients through the unique Woodbridge M&A process from first offer to negotiation to timely closings.

“Derek brings a dynamic background with a high-level of expertise and professionalism to this role,” said Robert M. Koenig, President, Woodbridge International. “His exceptional talents in business analysis, mergers & acquisitions, financial modeling, strategic planning and corporate development have made him the right fit.”

Prior to joining Woodbridge, Derek spent six years at Sony DADC New Media Solutions as Vice President, Corporate Development. He was the key financial executive driving all financial and strategic analyses, business modeling, strategic investments, as well as overseeing the Global Video P&L.

Prior to Sony, he worked at Midwest Total Systems as Director, Business Operations & Finance where he ran his family owned audio/video custom installation business with 35 employees, led the reorganization of the company, and ultimately sold the company. He has also been a finance and strategy consultant and an executive of strategic planning at EMI Music. He began is post-business school career managing mergers & acquisitions for EY.

Derek holds an MBA in Finance from the Charles H. Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University as well as a BS in Business Administration from Miami University (OH).

Woodbridge International’s ground-breaking approach to marketing a company globally has transformed the way the sell-side M&A industry does business.

For more information, please contact us at mconnelly@woodbridgegrp.com

Woodbridge International Expands with Vice President of New Business Development Hire

Woodbridge International, a leading middle-market global mergers and acquisition firm, is pleased to announce and welcome Greg Michaels as Vice President of Business Development. He will report to Larry Reinharz, Managing Director. Greg will be responsible for developing new business opportunities domestically and internationally.

“Greg brings a dynamic background to this role that will help his impact practice, industry and channel development,” said Robert M. Koenig, President, Woodbridge International. “His background is perfectly matched to the strategic imperative we have as an office to align the Woodbridge brand with all things related to innovation and growth.”

Prior to joining Woodbridge, Greg has spent the last 14 years advising senior executives and business owners. Most recently, he worked for Vistage International where he worked with top professionals to provide leadership training and consulting services to CEOs and business owners looking to address strategic challenges, grow their revenues or develop succession or exit plans. Greg ranked 2nd out of 11 in total number of sales for FY17 with 39 sales and had the 2nd highest leads-to-closed sales ratio for FY17.

Prior to Vistage he spent several years as a private banker and advisor to family offices and executives and board members of public and private companies and ran a brokerage team representing sellers and buyers in industrial, commercial and multifamily property transactions.

He is a graduate of Washington & Lee University, majoring in Economics with additional studies in Corporate Finance.

Woodbridge International’s ground-breaking approach to marketing a company globally has transformed the way the sell-side M&A industry does business.

For more information, please contact us at mconnelly@woodbridgegrp.com or visit our website at www.colombia-woodbridgegrp-com.woodbridgeintl.comm

Woodbridge International Closes Sale of Skilcor to Premium Brands

Woodbridge International, an innovative middle-market mergers and acquisitions firm, is pleased to announce the sale of its client, Ontario, Canada-based Skilcor Food Products to Premium Brands Holding Corporation, a leading producer, marketer and distributor of branded specialty food products.

Skilcor is one of Canada’s leading manufacturers of cooked back ribs and other unique protein products. Founded more than 50 years ago, Skilcor is a recognized leader in the North American food industry. Excellent customer service, innovative portioned controlled meat products, state-of-the-art facility, together with an award-winning food safety program, are the foundations of Skilcor’s success.

Premium Brands Holding Corporation is a publicly-held company headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia. The company owns a broad range of leading specialty food manufacturing and differentiated food distribution businesses.