Nicolet Capital's President has made total principal investments of over $1 billion and has led majority or minority equity and other junior capital investments in the following companies:
The InterFlex Group - www.interflexgroup.com
InterFlex, headquartered in Wilkesboro, NC, is a leading independent converter of flexible packaging solutions for a diverse set of end markets including poultry, meat snacks, pet food, baked goods and confectionary products. InterFlex operates five manufacturing locations in the U.S. and U.K. that offer an extensive range of value-added flexible packaging solutions to sophisticated global consumer product customers. The companys converting capabilities include a fleet of modern 8/10 color flexographic presses at each facility along with coating, laminating and value-added pouch and bag making. As an independent converter with strong research, product development and process technology competencies, InterFlex has a track record of utilizing a wide range of substrates, coatings and other materials to develop innovative packaging systems that deliver superior performance and value.
The investment in InterFlex, together with an investment by the existing management, provide for the majority acquisition of the company. Nicolet's President serves on the board of InterFlex and is particularly involved in assisting the company with its growth initiatives. The company is actively seeking strategic acquisitions.
Interfilm Holdings, Inc. - www.interfilm-usa.com
Interfilm, headquartered in Greenville, SC, is a precision convertor of synthetic films operating five facilities throughout the U.S. The company serves a diverse customer base in end markets that include flexible packaging, labels and graphics, folding carton and envelope windows and various industrial applications. Interfilm also operates a specialty brushed film division under the name Brushfoil.
Nicolet completed the transaction as a strategic investment through its affiliate Transilwrap Company, Inc. Transilwrap, headquartered in Franklin Park, IL, is the largest manufacturer, converter and distributor of synthetic films, including thermal laminating films, in the North American market.
Nicolet's President, who serves on the board of Transilwrap, played a key role in initiating the acquisition of Interfilm and worked close with Transilwrap management to assist them in the negotiation and execution of the transaction.
Pretium Holding, LLC - www.pretiumpkg.com
Pretium, headquartered in Chesterfield, MO blow molds rigid plastic containers for a diverse range of consumer, household and industrial products in low to mid volume applications. At the time of acquisition, the company had approximately $240 million in annual sales, 14 manufacturing plants and more than 500 customers. Products include snack barrels, antacid bottles and salad dressing containers with a particular expertise in the production of wide-necked bottles.
The company was formed though the simultaneous acquisitions of Pretium Packaging L.L.C and PVC Container Corporation (d/b/a Novapak). The investment in Pretium supported the recapitalization and acquisition of these two companies. Nicolet's President serves on the board of Pretium and the company is actively seeking strategic acquisitions.
Novapak is a blow molder of plastic containers for a diverse range of consumer, household and industrial products in low to mid volume applications. The company specializes in narrow neck bottles and has an extensive library of PET pre-forms that are utilized in the two-stage stretch blow molding process.
Novapak was acquired simultaneously with Pretium Packaging, L.L.C. to form Pretium Holdings, LLC. The investment in Pretium supported the acquisition, recapitalization and integration of both companies.
Quest is a manufacturer, converter and distributor of thermal laminating films. Nicolet completed the transaction as a strategic investment through its affiliate Transilwrap Company, Inc. Transilwrap, headquartered in Franklin Park, IL, is the largest manufacturer, converter and distributor of synthetic films, including thermal laminating films, in the North American market.
Nicolet's President, who serves on the board of Transilwrap, played a key role in initiating the acquisition of Quest and worked close with Transilwrap management to assist them in the negotiation and execution of the transaction.
Transilwrap Company, Inc. - www.transilwrap.com
Transilwrap, headquartered in Franklin Park, IL, operates out of nine facilities across three business segments focused on thermal laminating, printable and specialty packaging films. The company engages in a variety of value-added processing operations including extrusion and other surface coating, magnetic striping, security and specialty printing, finished assembly, slitting, sheeting, tipping, die cutting and re-rolling. Transilwrap is also the second largest manufacturer of thermal laminating film in North America and manufactures its own line of printable synthetic alloys. End markets that utilize the company's synthetic films include security, ID and loyalty card system integrators, a variety of commercial printing and finishing applications such as book publishing, trade, POP, and digital across all major print technologies, food and specialty packaging, niche medical products, and industrial applications.
The investment in Transilwrap, together with an investment by the existing management, provided for the majority acquisition of the company. Nicolet's President serves on the board of Transilwrap and is particularly involved in assisting the company with its growth initiatives. The company is actively seeking strategic acquisitions.
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Shari's Management Corporation - www.sharis.com
Shari's, headquartered in Beaverton, OR, is the dominant family dining chain in the Pacific Northwest. The company operates 97 company owned units in Washington, Oregon and surrounding states and has nearly a 30 year history of providing customers with high quality, reasonably priced meals. The company's units are open 24 hours a day and offer a menu that includes a broad range of breakfast, lunch, dinner and desert items in a comfortable atmosphere.
The investment in Shari's provided for the majority acquisition of the company. Nicolet Capital's President provided a variety of strategic guidance to the company, particularly in the areas of menu engineering and product pricing. Shari's was recently sold to a financial buyer resulting in a very attractive total return for all equity investors in the company. Nicolet Capital's President worked closely with the company and its advisors throughout this process to develop and assist in the management of the exit.
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AFPG, headquartered in Scottsdale, AZ, is a specialty contractor that designs, fabricates and installs fire protection (sprinkler) systems for commercial, industrial and other specialized facilities throughout the Southern U.S. The company conducts its operations through a number of independent sales, design and installation offices and a centralized fabrication shop that supplies fire protection systems to its own regional offices and to other contractors. AFPG specializes in complex, large-scale construction projects that can require several years to complete and also performs a variety of related inspection, repair and retrofit work.
The investment in AFPG provided for the majority acquisition of the company. Nicolet Capital's President provided specific input into the company's bid pricing strategy, incentive plans and working capital management. He also identified and assisted the company in securing incremental performance bonding resources. This investment was recently repurchased by AFPG in a recapitalization transaction resulting in a very attractive total return for the participating sellers. Nicolet Capital's President was directly involved in initiating the recapitalization.
Brown Publishing Company - www.brownpublishing.com
Brown Publishing Company is a publishing company that operates numerous small newspapers, circulars, commercial print services and related products through several print facilities. The company's markets consist, primarily, of rural and suburban geographies. In addition to serving as the paper of record for most of the counties in which it operates, the company also publishes total market coverage products that are distributed free to each household in many of its markets. In total, Brown Publishing Company's products reach over 1.6 million people and 680,000 households in 24 counties in Ohio.
The investment in Brown Publishing Company provided growth capital for the acquisition of other newspaper operations in contiguous geographic markets. Nicolet Capital's President was actively involved with the company's board of directors for several years.
MacLean Power Systems - www.macleanpower.com
MacLean Power Systems, headquartered in Franklin Park, IL, is one of the largest manufacturers of specialty electrical hardware, polymer insulators and mechanical connectors. The company's products are sold worldwide through distributors and direct into the electrical utility markets and are utilized in power transmission and distribution grids. MacLean Power conducts its operations through 12 manufacturing facilities located through the U.S., Europe and China. The company is a subsidiary of MacLean-Fogg Company.
The investment in MacLean Power provided growth capital for the acquisition of a related product line. Nicolet Capital's President recently played a key role in identifying and assisting the company in another significant add-on acquisition and led the follow-on investment that supported this transaction. He continues to provide strategic guidance pertaining to the company's international expansion and management development and has been invited to remain on the board of directors of the company by its Chairman.