August 2016

Southport, CT - The M&A Advisor is pleased to announce finalists of the 15th Annual M&A Advisor Awards. The Acquisition of Really Good Stuff by Excelligence, backed by Brentwood Associates was named a finalist in the Consumer Discretionary, Corporate & Strategic Acquisition & M&A Deal of the Year categories.

The Acquisition of Really Good Stuff by Excelligence has been selected from the nominees in the first stage of evaluation and the independent panel of judges will now focus their attention on the challenging task of selecting the ultimate award winners.

The winners for M&A Deal of the Year, Restructuring Deal of the Year, Cross-Border Deal of the Year, Corporate/Strategic Acquisition of the Year, Deal Financing of the Year, Sector Deals of the Year, Firms of the Year, M&A Product/Service of the Year and M&A Professionals categories will be announced at the 15th Annual M&A Advisor Awards Gala on Wednesday, November 9th at the New York Athletic Club.

“Since the inception of the M&A Advisor Awards in 2002, we have been recognizing the leading dealmakers, firms and transactions. And each year we celebrate the creativity, perseverance and ingenuity of our industry’s professionals”, says David Fergusson, President and Co-Chief Executive Officer of The M&A Advisor. “While our industry has undergone significant transformation since our first awards were presented 14 years ago, we are convinced, more than ever before, that M&A is a driving force of the economy. It is truly an honor for our firm to be able to recognize the contribution that the 2016 award finalists have made.”

Michael Carter, Managing Director of CMM, explained, It is especially gratifying to represent a market leading company in a truly synergistic transaction where the owners are just as enthusiastic about running the business and building value post-closing as before the transaction closed. In order for this transaction to happen both companies needed to buy into the vision, which will surely make the combined entity an educational products powerhouse. We wish the management team continued success under their new partnership with Excelligence."

For a detailed list of all of the Award Finalists for the 15th Annual M&A Advisor Awards, please CLICK HERE.

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Carter Morse & Mathias

Founded in 1987, Carter Morse & Mathias is a boutique investment bank specializing in advising privately held middle market companies. CMM provides a full range of investment banking services: business sales and divestitures, equity and debt capital raises, acquisition services, and pre-transaction and strategic advisory services. Time and time again, our strategic guidance and seamless transaction execution has proven crucial for clients, many of whom we represent in their once-in-a-lifetime transaction. For nearly 30 years, CMM's combination of hands-on Managing Director involvement and extensive network of domestic and international resources has enabled us to help hundreds of business owners plan, execute, and close transactions that maximize shareholder value.

CMM's Broker/Dealer affiliate, Carter Capital Corporation, is a FINRA member firm registered with the SEC and SIPC. CMM is also a charter member of AICA, an international network of M&A professionals in over 20 countries across the Americas, Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.

THE M&A ADVISOR

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