Financial Sponsors Group

The BB&T Capital Markets  Financial Sponsors Group is dedicated to developing and maintaining long-term relationships with the industry's leading middle market private equity firms. Our team combines its deep understanding of the private equity community with industry expertise and capital markets capabilities to maximize value for our clients.  Our Financial Sponsors Group also serves as an active source of investment ideas for the middle-market private equity community.

Among the results: In the past several years, more than 240 different private equity firms have submitted bids in our sell-side engagements.

 

We maintain relationships with more than 600 private equity firms, ensuring our sell-side clients that they are marketed to the most relevant, viable private equity buyers

  • COBB Tuning Products

    On July 29, 2014, COBB Tuning Products, an automotive aftermarket designer and manufacturer of premium performance products for small displacement, turbocharged engines, was acquired by Auto Meter Products and Promus Equity Partners. COBB Tuning was previously owned by New Value Capital and Trey Cobb. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. BB&T Capital Markets served as the exclusive financial advisor to COBB Tuning and New Value Capital. This was BB&T’s fifth sell-side transaction in the $30 billion Specialty Equipment (“SEMA”) aftermarket in less than two years. The BB&T team expects the transaction pace in the SEMA market to continue. Speaking about the transaction, Jonathan Carey, head of BB&T’s Automotive Aftermarket Investment Banking team said, “We are thrilled to have successfully helped New Value Capital and Trey Cobb find a partner to fuel Cobb’s growth. Having also sold Auto Meter to Promus Equity just last year we are excited to have played an important role in Promus’ continued growth in the automotive aftermarket.”

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  • Main Street Capital Corporation

    BB&T Capital Markets Syndicated Finance announces the closing of a $57.5 million accordion to Main Street Capital Corporation’s Revolving Credit Facility. The accordion brings the total credit facility to $502.5 million with 14 banks participating in the credit. Main Street is a publicly traded business development company headquartered in Houston, TX. BB&T has a $75 million commitment to the facility as the Lead Arranger and Administrative Agent.

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  • OrthoLite

    On April 17, 2014, Blue Point Capital Partners and company management announced the recapitalization of OrthoLite, the leading supplier of comfort insoles and related shoe components to more than 130 of the world’s most prominent branded footwear companies. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. BB&T Capital Markets served as the exclusive financial advisor to OrthoLite in the transaction.The recapitalization of OrthoLite represents BB&T Capital Markets’ fifth branded consumer products transaction in the last 12 months. “Glenn Barrett, chairman and CEO; Pam Gelsomini, president; John Barrett, Asia general manager; and their global leadership team have done an exceptional job developing a world-class brand through ongoing product innovation and unparalleled customer service,” said Rex Green, managing director and head of BB&T Capital Markets’ Retail and Consumer group. “OrthoLite’s track record of growth is a testament to the company’s extraordinary value proposition to many of the world’s leading footwear brands.” “We are very proud to have worked with the OrthoLite team on this transaction,” added Joe Sparacino, a vice president in BB&T Capital Markets’ Boston office. “We are excited to see the company begin its next phase of growth in partnership with Blue Point.

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  • Pfingsten Partners

    On March 4, 2014, CURT, a leading manufacturer and distributor of branded aftermarket towing and cargo management solutions, was acquired by Audax Group, a Boston-based private equity firm. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. BB&T Capital Markets served as the exclusive financial advisor to CURT, a portfolio company of Chicago-based Pfingsten Partners, in the transaction. “Pfingsten has been a solid partner to me and my executive team, and we accomplished a great amount in a relatively short period of time,” said CURT CEO Greg Hooks. “That said, my team and I are very excited to join the Audax family as we continue to execute upon our organic and inorganic growth initiatives." Jonathan Carey, head of BB&T Capital Markets' Automotive Aftermarket Group, added, "CURT is a true leader in its space with unmatched management talent and capabilities. It was a great outcome for Pfingsten and their partners at CURT. We are also excited to see CURT embark on its next phase of growth and are confident that Audax and the team at CURT will be an enormously successful partnership.”

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  • Caliber Collision Centers

    On November 20, 2013, Caliber Collision Centers (“Caliber”), a leading operator of collision repair centers throughout the U.S. and an operating company of Toronto, Canada-based private equity firm ONCAP, was acquired by OMERS Private Equity. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. BB&T Capital Markets served as financial advisor to Caliber and ONCAP in the transaction. The sale of Caliber represents BB&T Capital Markets' fifth sale of a major collision repair chain in the last five years.

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  • Hubbardton Forge, LLC

    Hubbardton Forge, LLC (“Hubbardton” or “the Company”), a portfolio company of Lineage Capital, LLC (“Lineage”), has been acquired by Bunker Hill Capital (“Bunker Hill”). BB&T Capital Markets served as the exclusive financial advisor to Hubbardton and Lineage.

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  • AST Bearings LLC

    On October 25, 2013, AST Bearings LLC (“AST” or “the Company”), a portfolio company of Tonka Bay Equity Partners LLC (“Tonka Bay”), was acquired by Motion Industries, Inc. (“Motion”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Genuine Parts Company (NYSE: GPC). BB&T Capital Markets served as the exclusive financial advisor to AST.

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  • Holley Performance Products

    On October 24, 2013, Holley Performance Products, an aftermarket marketer and supplier of high-performance auto parts, and a portfolio company of New York-based Monomoy Capital Partners, was acquired by Lincolnshire Management, a New York-based private equity firm. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. BB&T Capital Markets served as the exclusive financial advisor to Holley and Monomoy Capital Partners in the transaction.

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  • SCT Holdings

    On September 20, 2013, SCT Holdings ("SCT") was acquired by an affiliate of Global Environment Fund. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. BB&T Capital Markets served as the exclusive financial advisor to SCT and Tillery Capital, SCT's controlling shareholder. SCT is a leading supplier of engine and transmission calibration products for the performance automotive aftermarket and light-duty fleets. SCT's branded products are embraced by automotive enthusiasts seeking to increase a vehicle's performance, and more recently, fleet operators who recognize tremendous fuel savings by using SCT's fleet products. www.sctflash.com

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  • Thermafiber, Inc.

    On June 3, 2013, Thermafiber, Inc. ("Thermafiber"), a portfolio company of Altus Capital Partners, was acquired by Owens Corning (NYSE: OC). BB&T Capital Markets served as the exclusive financial advisor to Thermafiber.

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  • Auto Meter Products, Inc.

    On May 31, 2013, Auto Meter Products, Inc. ("Auto Meter"), a portfolio company of St. Louis-based Harbour Group, was acquired by Promus Equity Partners, LLC, a Chicago-based private equity firm. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. BB&T Capital Markets served as the exclusive financial advisor to Auto Meter and Harbour Group in the transaction.

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  • Mitten, Inc.

    On May 31, 2013, Mitten, Inc. (“Mitten”), a portfolio company of Graham Partners (“Graham Partners”), was acquired by Ply Gem Industries, Inc. (“Ply Gem”) for CAD $82.0 million. BB&T Capital Markets served as the exclusive financial advisor to Mitten and Graham Partners.

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  • Acquisition - The Orthotic Group
  • Acquisition - Honeycomb Company of America, Inc.

    Honeycomb Company of America, Inc.

    Honeycomb Company of America, Inc. ("HCOA" or "the Company"), a Sarasota, Florida-based manufacturer of complex, flight critical, bonded, composite assemblies for U.S. military aircraft platforms, has been acquired by Overall Capital Partners ("Overall"). BB&T Capital Markets | Windsor Group served as the exclusive financial advisor to HCOA. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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  • Acquisition - Signature Systems Group

    Signature Systems Group

    On March 15, 2013, Signature Systems Group, LLC ("Signature"), a portfolio company of Dubin Clark & Company, Inc. ("Dubin Clark"), was acquired by Linsalata Capital Partners Fund VI ("LinCap"). BB&T Capital Markets served as the exclusive financial advisor to Signature and Dubin Clark.

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  • Acquisition - Sante Pediatric Services

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We make connections between the middle market private equity community and a diverse array of clients.

  • 03-04Dec2014

    3rd Annual Senior Living and Charter School Investor Symposium

    Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables, Florida

  • 11-12Feb2015

    30th Annual Transportation Services Conference

    The Biltmore, Coral Gables, Florida

  • 25-26Mar2015

    9th Annual Commercial & Industrial Conference

    Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables, Florida