The independent sale of Arts & Crafts Press and Russ Press separately as well as a sale of both operations together were pursued.
As the process developed, it became evident that Consolidated Graphics (“CGX”) was both the most qualified and highest priced buyer. In addition, CGX had a desire to hire and provide growth opportunities for the management teams of both companies, providing for a smooth transition.
The proceeds from the sale included CGX shares that were sold by Continental Graphics Holdings post-closing to paydown debt and, ultimately, maximize shareholder value.
As Continental Graphics Holdings was focusing on its core competencies of specialized technical information to the aviation industry and film services to the entertainment industry, it decided to consider a divestiture of Franklin Press.
During the sale process, it was determined that a private investor that included management in the ongoing equity interest, offered a transaction at the highest value to Continental Graphics.
The financing consisted of a revolving credit facility and term loan secured by the working capial assets and machinery and equipment, respectively. A separate real estate term loan was raised using Franklin’s property as security.
The equity investment and financing was sufficient to provide ample availability under Franklin Press' revolver to pursue growth opportunities post closing.