Clover Imaging Group Regain Company Control
Clover Imaging Group (“Clover”) and Norwest Equity Partners (“NEP”), a leading middle market investment firm, have entered into a definitive agreement with 4L Holdings Group to acquire the Clover Imaging business unit. The transaction has been approved by 4L Holdings’ lenders.
Once the transaction closes, which is expected to occur within the next month, Clover Imaging will operate as a separate and independent entity from 4L Holdings Group. Clover Imaging’s management team, including Jim Cerkleski, Chairman; George Milton, CEO; and Eric Martin, President; will continue to lead the business, which will remain headquartered in the Chicago area. Lincoln International acted as the exclusive investment banking representative for 4L Holdings and Clover Imaging Group, working closely with the Company’s management team and shareholders throughout the sale process. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
“Clover’s executive leadership team, in partnership with NEP, will once again control the destiny of the company we built — demonstrating our unwavering commitment to the success of the business and our shared confidence in the aftermarket imaging supplies industry and consumers’ demand for environmentally conscious products like ours. Under our new, very low debt structure, we have a lot of flexibility moving forward and are well positioned to write the next chapter for Clover. We could not be more excited about the growth opportunities this new capital and partnership will provide,” said Jim Cerkleski, Chairman of Clover Imaging Group.
Founded in 1961, NEP has a reputation for its collaborative investment approach and commitment to partnering closely with the management teams of its portfolio companies to create long-term success and stakeholder value. NEP has invested in more than 400 companies to date.
Tim DeVries, NEP Managing Partner, stated, “We are excited about our investment partnership with Clover Imaging Group — it is a well-run business with a highly experienced, nimble management team that knows how to innovate and execute. We look forward to collaborating with them to leverage the company’s strong position in the marketplace and put our capital and resources to work to further expand and grow the business.”
NEP also owns the company Marco, which is one of the largest MPS service company in the USA. One expericenced industry man told RT Media, “this is the vertical integration starting in the USA, and it could change the whole industry.”
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