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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.”

Solin Strategic and Woodbridge International Announce Strategic Alliance to Market Woodbridge’s M&A Services to Registered Investment Advisors

Solin Strategic, LLC, a consultant to registered investment advisors worldwide through its Solin Consulting Division, and Woodbridge International, a leader in domestic and international mergers and acquisitions for companies with revenues from $5 million to $250 million, are pleased to announce their strategic alliance.

The alliance will permit registered investment advisors to actively participate in the sale of their clients’ business and be secure in knowing that referring clients to Woodbridge is consistent with their fiduciary obligation.

Dan Solin, president of Solin Strategic, said “Our registered investment advisory clients are eager to demonstrate their value and expand the range of services they offer. Until now, they have not been involved in the largest transaction of their clients’ lives – the sale of their businesses. Our alliance with Woodbridge gives them entrée into these transactions and enhances their reputation as trusted, holistic financial advisors.

Larry Reinharz, managing director at Woodbridge, added “Dan Solin and his team at Solin Strategic have a long track record of advocacy for the rights of investors and the benefit of using registered investment advisors. We look forward to working with Dan and serving the needs of registered investment advisors and their clients who are ready to sell their business.”

About Solin Strategic

Solin Strategic, through its Solin Consulting division, provides coaching services, presentations and workshops to registered investment advisors and mutual fund families throughout the world. The President of Solin Strategic, Dan Solin, is the New York Times bestselling author of the Smartest series of investing and sales books. He is a regular blogger for The Huffington Post and Advisor Perspectives, and a long time advocate for investors and registered investment advisors.

About Woodbridge International

Woodbridge International is celebrating its 25th year providing world-class M&A services to companies with revenues of $5 million to $250 million. Woodbridge has offices in major cities in the U.S., Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.

The firm enjoys a reputation for integrity, creativity and persistence in delivering extraordinary results to clients.

Woodbridge International Hires Elliad Dagan As Business Development Executive

Woodbridge International, a leading middle-market global mergers and acquisition firm, is pleased to welcome Elliad Dagan as Business Development Executive.

Elliad will be responsible for developing new business opportunities domestically and internationally, as well as executing marketing strategies that drive growth.

“We’re happy to have Elliad on board,” said Robert M. Koenig, president of Woodbridge International. “His background is perfectly matched to our strategic imperative to align the Woodbridge brand with innovation and growth.”

Prior to joining Woodbridge in his current role, Elliad had spent a year at the firm working in all aspects of lead generation. During this time, he attended industry networking events and built relationships within the investment banking community, as well as with other professionals in related industries.

Elliad is a recent graduate of Tufts University, with a BA in Economics. He recently returned from Chile, where he studied at La Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso.

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.

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