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Specialty Distribution Industry Practice
The Stephens Specialty Distribution and Services team concentrates on growing middle market companies that provide specialty distribution and services to a broad group of customers in diverse end markets regionally, nationally and globally. The Stephens’ team is unique in its specialization and combines deep industry knowledge with a full suite of investment banking services. We deliver expert advice on mergers, acquisitions, sales and divestitures as well as capital markets transactions in the public and private equity and debt markets. Since 2011, our team has advised on 53 successful M&A transactions and raised approximately $6.3 billion of capital for clients through debt and equity transactions.
Our team has extensive relationships with many of the leading public and private companies in targeted sectors. In addition to our corporate client relationships, we have a targeted effort directed at private equity firms that have a specialized focus in distribution and services.
Stephens' Investment Banking
Stephens' Investment Banking group provides objective, expert advice and a full array of services to clients in a broad range of industries. Our investment bankers draw on the firm’s tradition of nurturing long-term relationships, providing unvarnished advice and leveraging our principal mentality. We work with clients of all sizes throughout the world, across a focused set of industry groups.
With bankers in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Little Rock, New York, Richmond, Rogers, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. and our affiliates Stephens Europe in London and Frankfurt. We specialize in providing unvarnished advice on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and sales of companies, underwritings of public debt and equity securities, as well as private placements of debt and equity.
Stephens Inc. served as the exclusive financial advisor to O’Rourke Petroleum in its sale to Mansfield Energy Corp. O’Rourke Petroleum is a Houston-based leading national distributor of lubricants, fuels and environmental services in the U.S. O'Rourke is among the very few Shell Lubricants Distributors nationwide that have been awarded their "Alliance" class designation in the industrial, transport and consumer market segments.
Stephens Inc. served as exclusive financial advisor to EiKO Global, a portfolio company of Stephens Capital Partners, LLC & Charter Oak Equity, in its sale to Inverness Graham. EiKO is a global distributor of innovative LED lamps and lighting fixtures. Carrying over 5,000 SKUs and the broadest selection of any manufacturer in its class, EiKO is committed to providing innovative products, unique solutions and unmatched support to its customers.
Stephens Inc. served as a financial advisor to FCx Performance, a portfolio company of Harvest Partners, in its sale to Applied Industrial Technologies (NYSE: AIT). FCx Performance is a leading process flow control company, providing technical, mission-critical products and services to more than 15,000 end users, OEMs and EPC firms across a broad range of industries and markets.
Motion & Control Enterprises
Stephens, Inc. served as the exclusive financial advisor to Motion & Control Enterprises, LLC, a portfolio company of The Hillman Company, in its sale to Frontenac Company. MCE is an industrial distributor of motion and control systems, specializing in hydraulics, pneumatics, filtration, lubrication and hose & fluid connectors in the U.S.
Stephens, Inc. served as exclusive financial advisor to Royston, a portfolio company of Stephens Capital Partners, in its sale to Industrial Opportunity Partners. Royston is a designer, manufacturer and installer of custom, high-quality check out and merchandising fixtures and equipment across the U.S.
Stephens covers several distribution subsectors including:
Fuels & lubricants
Hose & Belting
MRO / Industrial Supply
PT & Bearings
Pipes Valves & Fittings (PVF)
Plumbing / HVAC
|Brad Yates, Managing Director & Head of Industrials
Mr. Yates is a Managing Director responsible for the firm’s Industrials effort. He also founded the firm’s Specialty Distribution & Services practice in 2004. He has over 35 years of experience in investment banking. Mr. Yates has helped clients raise over $30 billion in the public and private markets including a considerable amount of leveraged acquisition financing. He has provided M&A advice on over 150 transactions for numerous companies and boards representing well over $10 billion in value. He has also worked extensively with private equity firms leading a significant number of sell-side assignments. Prior to joining Stephens in 2004, he built successful business at Salomon Brothers, Bank of America, and SG Cowen. (email@example.com) 404-461-5157
|Andrew Sweet, Managing Director
Mr. Sweet joined Stephens in 2010 as an Associate in the firm’s Industrial Distribution & Services group. Prior to his current role at Stephens, he was an Associate at Hyde Capital, an investment banking firm in Tampa, FL. There he participated in a wide variety of M&A and capital raising transactions across various industries. Mr. Sweet began his career at McColl Partners, a middle-market investment banking firm in Charlotte, NC. He graduated from Furman University, where he was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics.
|Patrick Clark, Vice President
Mr. Clark joined Stephens in 2014 as an Associate in the firm’s Industrial Distribution & Services group. Prior to joining Stephens, he worked at Mesirow Financial and Alix Partners specializing in financial and operational restructurings both in and outside of bankruptcy. Mr. Clark holds a Bachelor in Arts & Master of Science degrees in Accounting from Southern Methodist University, as well as an MBA from the University Of Chicago Booth School Of Business. He is also a certified public accountant (Inactive). (firstname.lastname@example.org) 404-461-5146
|Matthew Crisafi, Associate
Mr. Crisafi joined Stephens in 2014 and serves as an Associate in the firm’s Industrial Distribution & Services group. Prior to joining the ID&S group, he was an Analyst working in both the Specialty Finance and Industrial Distribution & Services Banking groups, where he participated in a wide variety of M&A and capital raising transactions. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from the College of William & Mary, from which he graduated Cum Laude. (email@example.com). 404-461-5176
Alexandra Lundell, Associate
Ms. Lundell joined Stephens in 2014 and serves as an Associate in the firm’s Industrial Distribution & Services group. Prior to joining the ID&S group, she was an Analyst working in both the Specialty Finance and Industrial Distribution & Services Banking groups, where she participated in a wide variety of M&A, as well as capital raising transactions. Ms. Lundell received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Banking & Finance from the University of Georgia, from which she graduated Summa Cum Laude. (firstname.lastname@example.org) 404-461-5175