Dinex-SECO

Dinex

Business Description

Dinex International Inc. was a leading supplier of foodservice equipment and supplies to the healthcare and other institutional industries..   Dinex supplies traytop smallwares, dishware, disposable lids, packaging, food service equipment including heating and meal delivery systems.

Background

Competition between Dinex and Seco Systems, a company backed by First Chicago Private Equity, had been intense given the limited number of competitors in the industry.  Dinex management came to determine that an acquisition of Seco would be beneficial to the Company.

Solution

CMM had advised Dinex on an appropriate price for Seco, one which was not acceptable to First Chicago.  Subsequently, Seco experienced operating problems that led to their bankruptcy. CMM, along the Dinex team, immediately traveled to Seco headquarters, met with the trustee, conducted due diligence and structured an acceptable transaction at a fraction of the ongoing concern value. In addition, CMM helped negotiate the appropriate financing package from the bank and closed the transaction in less than six weeks.

 

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Press Releases

CMM Wins M&A Advisor International Deal of the Year 2017

June 2017

CMM Wins Corporate/Strategic Deal of the Year ($50 million to $100 million) at the 9th Annual International M&A Awards for representing Communication Networks, LLC ("ComNet") which was acquired by Access Control Related Enterprises, LLC ("ACRE"), a portfolio company of the private equity firm LLR Partners. ComNet offers a broad line of fiber optic, copper and wireless video and data transmission equipment that is designed to meet the needs of security and surveillance in the intelligent transportation systems, utility and industrial markets.

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etouches acquired by HGGC

May 2017

Carter Morse & Mathias ("CMM") is pleased to announce that etouches, Inc. ("etouches"), headquartered in Norwalk, Connecticut, was acquired by the private equity firm HGGC, headquartered in Palo Alto, California. Carter Morse & Mathias, based in Southport, CT served as etouches's financial advisor for the transaction, which closed on May 9, 2017.

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CMM Announces New Advisory Service for Business Owners

May 2017

Carter Morse & Mathias (CMM) is pleased to announce its new Maximizing Shareholder Value advisory service, offering business owners actionable recommendations and ongoing guidance to increase the value of their business. "For 30 years, CMM has played an important role by helping hundreds of business owners maximize value, but only at the time of a sale. Now, we are delivering this same expertise to companies that are not yet for sale", says Andrew Bangser, Managing Director of CMM. "A plan to build value is best started years ahead of a transaction - when there is still time to effect change."

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