Bengur Bryan Advises Leading Planet Fitness Franchisee on Recap

In May 2018, Bengur Bryan completed the arrangement of $150 million in new senior debt facilities for PF Growth Partners, LLC (“PFGP”) from a syndicate of lenders. The recapitalization provided for a new growth capital facility to support the Company’s new club growth across its various development areas, the buyout of certain minority equity holders, as well as a partial repurchase of $25 million of preferred equity from its partner Alaris Royalty Corp. (“Alaris”).

PFGP, founded in 2007, is one of the leading franchisees of Planet Fitness (“PF”) low-cost fitness clubs. Since opening its first club in 2008 in Maryland, PFGP has grown rapidly to 57 locations operated today across five states including Maryland, Tennessee, Florida, Washington D.C. and Washington state. Victor and Lynne Brick, co-founders and CEO + President of PFGP, each have over 35 years of experience in the health club industry, having opened their first full-service club in 1985. Since becoming a PF franchisee in 2007, Victor and Lynne have expanded the team and its capabilities to include Glenn Norris, CFO, with the Company since 2007, and Chris Cavolo, COO, who joined PFGP in 2012. In addition, the management team is further supported by a group of experienced, professional owners of the business. Over the years, PFGP has received multiple accolades from Planet Fitness corporate, including Franchisee of the Year in 2013, Developer of the Year in 2014 and 2015, Highest Brand Excellence Review in 2014 and the “Judgement Free” Generation Award in 2016.

Bengur Bryan and its affiliates have had a relationship with Victor and Lynne Brick for over 15 years. In November 2014, Bengur Bryan completed a $93.75 million private placement of senior debt and preferred equity to refinance the Company’s existing debt and allow for new club growth in its development areas. Since 2014, Bengur Bryan and its affiliates have provided ongoing financial advisory services to the Company including a $5 million add-on preferred equity investment from its preferred equity partner, Alaris, in July 2015, a $20 million expansion of the Company’s existing capital expenditure loan from a syndicate led by Fifth Third Bank in November 2016 and the acquisition and conversion of 6 non-Planet Fitness clubs, under multiple brands, in early 2017.

Bengur Bryan Advised Accscient, LLC on the Acquisition of PDS, LLC

Bengur Bryan & Co., Inc. advised Accscient, LLC in the purchase of PDS, LLC (PDS). PDS, established in 1987 and headquartered in Denver, CO, has offices in Phoenix, AZ and Salt Lake City, UT and is one of the leading Information Technology (IT) & Engineering consulting firms in the Western United States. Given their presence in the southwest and strong engineering competencies, the acquisition will create significant benefits to both companies and especially PDS’s customer base.

Based in Atlanta, GA, Accscient was founded in 2005 with a goal of building a leading national provider of IT services. Accscient operates through three divisions (Norwin Technologies, Premier IT Solutions and Appridat) and provides IT consulting and IT staffing services on client projects including ERP planning/implementation, business intelligence, and infrastructure/data center management. Accscient serves Fortune 1000 customers in a wide variety of industries with over 350 consultants while leveraging offshore capabilities when appropriate.

Bengur Bryan Advised Dunbar Armored, Inc. in its Sale to The Brink’s Company

Bengur Bryan is pleased to announce that it acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Dunbar Armored, Inc. (“Dunbar” or “the Company”) in its sale to The Brink’s Company for $520 million.

The transaction combines two of the largest U.S. cash and valuable management solutions companies, Brink’s (2nd largest) and Dunbar (4th largest). Dunbar’s focus on small to medium sized retail and financial institutions, with 78 branches and a fleet of more than 1,600 armored cars, will expand and complement Brink’s customer base.
Dunbar focuses on the retail, financial, government, education and healthcare sectors. Since its inception in 1923, the Company has remained a leader in providing innovative solutions to its customer base, including bar code scanning, smart safes and routing software.

Bengur Bryan is proud of its 20+ year relationship with the Dunbar family which began in 1995 by providing a valuation of common stock for estate planning purposes and is capped by this significant transaction combining two prominent brands to become the world’s largest provider of cash and valuable management solutions. Over the years, Bengur Bryan has been a trusted, thoughtful advisor and partner to Dunbar’s management and shareholders by providing consistent capital markets and financial advisory services including:

Arrangement of multiple credit and financing facilities;

Financial advisory and valuation services in completing a corporate reorganization of its related subsidiaries;

Sale of Dunbar Global Logistics to Loomis AB; and

Financial advisory services related to the capitalization of Dunbar Cybersecurity Solutions.

“Bengur Bryan has been a trusted advisor to the Dunbar company and the Dunbar family, starting with their work over 20 years ago. As we’ve grown, our relationship with Bengur Bryan has been there, with Chris, Charles and their colleagues providing financing solutions, divestiture services and sound, dependable advice. Their understanding of our needs as a family business and the value of Dunbar were why we wanted them as advisors on this momentous sale.” Kevin Dunbar, President and CEO of Dunbar Armored, Inc.

Bengur Bryan Advised South/Win, Ltd.

Bengur Bryan advised South/Win, Ltd. (“South/Win”) on its sale to Highline Aftermarket (“Highline”).  Headquartered in Greensboro, NC, South/Win is a leading supplier of windshield washer fluid and antifreeze for the RV & marine markets. South/Win produces a variety of brands including Rain-X, Windex, Blue Coral, and Krystal Kleer for major retailers throughout the United States. South/Win operates manufacturing plants in Greensboro, NC; Leominster, MA; Livonia, MI; Arlington, TX; and Sparks, NV. These facilities join Highline’s existing plants in Wilmington, DE and Milwaukee, WI to form a seamless national supply chain for Highline and South/Win customers.

Will DuBose, President of South/Win, and Blaine DuBose, Vice President of South/Win stated, “Our team is excited to continue South/Win’s growth as part of the Highline family. We are thrilled for the opportunities that this transaction presents for South/Win’s employees, customers, suppliers and other partners.”

Highline is a leading national distributor of consumable products, with strategic manufacturing capabilities, serving multiple channels across the automotive aftermarket. The company was formed in April 2016, by The Sterling Group, a Houston-based middle market private equity firm. Highline has more than doubled in size under Sterling’s ownership and the acquisition of South/Win is the third add-on acquisition completed by Highline. The earlier add-ons were Service Champ, a Chalfont, PA-based distributor of branded and private label automotive aftermarket maintenance parts and accessories, in April 2016; and Levin’s, a Sacramento, CA-based distributor of branded and private label automotive aftermarket maintenance parts and accessories, in January 2018. The addition of South/Win provides Highline with a highly efficient nationwide automotive fluid manufacturing footprint to serve its end markets.

Bengur Bryan Advised Accscient, LLC on the Acquisition of Emergys, LLC

Bengur Bryan & Co., Inc. advised Accscient, LLC on the acquisition of Emergys, LLC.  Headquartered in Raleigh, NC, Emergys is a leader in SAP enterprise solutions, IBM business process management, business intelligence and analytics and digital transformation solutions and services.

Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Accscient was founded in 2005 with a goal of building a leading national provider of IT services.  Accscient operates through three divisions (Norwin Technologies, Premier IT Solutions and Appridat) and provides IT consulting and IT staffing services on client projects including ERP planning/implementation, business intelligence, and infrastructure/data center management.  Accscient serves Fortune 1000 customers in a wide variety of industries with over 350 consultants, while leveraging offshore capabilities when appropriate.

Bengur Bryan Advised Accscient, LLC on the Acquisition of Applications2U, LLC

Bengur Bryan & Co., Inc. advised Accscient, LLC in the purchase of Applications2U, LLC.  This acquisition expands Accscient’s offerings in consulting, digital infrastructure management and systems integration to the healthcare industry.

Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Accscient was founded in 2005 with a goal of building a leading national provider of IT services.  Accscient operates through three divisions (Norwin Technologies, Premier IT Solutions and Appridat) and provides IT consulting and IT staffing services on client projects including ERP planning/implementation, business intelligence, and infrastructure/data center management.  Accscient serves Fortune 1000 customers in a wide variety of industries with over 350 consultants while leveraging offshore capabilities when appropriate.