Buy-Side Advisory

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CLIENT:

Direct Connect Logistix (“DCL” or the “Company”) is a leading, non-asset based, multi-modal, third-party logistics company providing transportation solutions for customers of all sizes. Since its founding in 2009, DCL has developed expertise in the temperature-controlled, time and condition critical truckload segment serving the food, grocery, beverage, and related industries. 

DCL’s unique HUSTLE culture has fueled its growth by defining how the company serves its customers, carriers, investors, employees, and the community at large by providing high performance logistics management solutions that enable sustainable, responsive, and efficient customer supply chains. For more information, please visit: www.dclogistix.com.

SITUATION:                                                                                                

DCL’s management team established a growth strategy focused on the acquisition of complimentary partners who provide talent and expertise in specialty markets.  DCL is focused on four core criteria to evaluate acquisition opportunities: (a) service capabilities which overlap DCL’s core operations; (b) skills or technologies that provide capability outside of DCL’s internal skillset; (c) exploit industry specific scalability; and (d) attract growth-oriented business owners that are seeking to partner with a larger organization.     

ENGAGEMENT:

G2 Capital Advisors, LLC (“G2”) was engaged by DCL as the exclusive buy-side advisor to identify, source and engage with targets that provide transportation and logistics services supporting food, beverage, and grocery market sectors and fit with the Company’s asset light acquisition profile.     

OUTCOME

The transaction was successfully executed on February 17, 2022, through an acquisition of Performance Logistics (“PL”) by DCL.  The combination of Performance Logistics’ refrigerated and frozen food transportation services and large customers in the Mountain West strengthens DCL’s capabilities, customer base and geographic reach.

“G2 identified and sourced a target that was not only a perfect fit but also met all four of DCL’s acquisition criteria.  G2 formed a unique relationship with the target’s ownership, who, at the time of initial engagement, were not seeking a transaction. Through the establishment of genuine trust and deep credibility, the target moved forward with discussions.  “We couldn’t be happier to partner with Performance Logistics. We believe that both companies will benefit as we continue to execute our strategic growth plan. ,” said Richard Piontek, CEO of DCL.

“Performance Logistics fits perfectly into DCL’s unique HUSTLE culture which made the business combination a logical fit.  Given PL’s location in the Mountain West region and deep expertise in refrigerated and frozen food capabilities, the groups will be able to attract talent in a dynamic, growing city and generate a transformative growth curve”, said Christopher Casteleyn, G2’s Managing Director for Transportation & Logistics. “Our team thoroughly enjoyed working with both groups and we look forward to observing the success of what we feel will be a highly accretive acquisition.”   

About G2 Capital Advisors

G2 Capital Advisors provides M&A, capital markets and restructuring advisory services to the middle market. We offer integrated, multi-product and sector-focused services by pairing highly experienced C-level executives with specialist investment bankers. We aspire to be the trusted advisor of choice to our clients including corporations and institutional investors.

CONTACTS ON THIS DEAL:

Chris Casteleyn: Managing Director, T&L: T: 415.531.3138 E: [email protected]

Andrew Keleher: Director, T: 860.748.6480 E: [email protected]

Matt Ball: Sr. Associate: T: 978.914.4421 E: [email protected]

Noah Johnson: Sr. Analyst: T: 717.598.8558 E: [email protected]

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CLIENT

ZRG Partners, LLC. (“ZRG” or the “Company”) is a leading global executive search and human capital management firm. It provides a range of executive search, consulting & advisory, and interim solutions across the Industrials, Life Sciences, Consumer, Financial Services, Sports, and Technology industries, among others.

SITUATION

In 2018 following ZRG’s financial partnership with RFE Investment Partners (“RFE”) the organization grew exponentially through increased senior-level hiring efforts. To build on this momentum, in late 2019 ZRG identified an avenue to further diversify and grow its services portfolio of human capital consulting. Through a targeted M&A effort centered around enhancing capabilities, ZRG sought to further differentiate its offering in the marketplace by providing additional consulting solutions for their clients.

ENGAGEMENT

G2 Capital Advisors, LLC (“G2”) served as the exclusive buy-side advisor to ZRG leading a strategic M&A effort focused on identifying and engaging with potential acquisition candidates in the human capital consulting market. ZRG and RFE partnered with G2 to leverage the firms’ deep-rooted expertise across the Technology & Business Services practice, with a heavy focus on services-oriented businesses including specialty consulting and executive search.

OUTCOME

G2’s mandate with ZRG led to the acquisition of Brimstone Consulting Group, LLC. (“Brimstone”), a leading management consultancy offering solutions across leadership development; diversity, equity, and inclusion; post-merger integration; and more. Headquartered in Camden, Maine, Brimstone serves a range of medium sized to Fortune-500 businesses across the globe. Together, ZRG and Brimstone will leverage an extensive network of Human Capital search professionals, interim financial professionals, and business consultants to better serve its client base.

“The complementary nature of our businesses made Brimstone an obvious partner for ZRG, as we continue to expand our portfolio of talent advisory solutions,” says Larry Hartmann, CEO of ZRG. “Further ensuring a new CEO is successful with the proven process of Brimstone will create a new paradigm for CEO transitions. We are pleased that we can now address two critical areas of leadership to align success for our clients with both strategy work and culture work. We believe when a company aligns strategy and culture with the right talent, amazing success can be achieved, and our offerings now address these three core areas.” 

Andrew Keleher, Vice President at G2 Capital Advisors, commented “The team at G2 has deep roots in the human capital management segment of the market. Supporting one of the world’s fastest-growing executive search/talent recruitment firms on their growth strategy has been a real pleasure these past few years and we look forward to continuing our work together. The recent acquisition of Brimstone Consulting further enhances ZRG’s offering by adding senior level talent that manages a disciplined approach to supporting leaders through business transformation. We are thrilled for both organizations and look forward to seeing their success together in the coming years!”.

About ZRG Partners

Over the past four years, ZRG has been the leader in top line growth and increasing market share through its talented workforce and its investments in industry leading innovations and talent acquisition tools supporting its clients in making better informed and timely talent decisions. The proprietary collaborative Zi platform with its integrated Z Score, Compensation Tools, Interview Insights, and Culture Fit Score have accelerated the hiring process in excess of thirty percent with better decision making. Since 1999, ZRG’s data-driven approach to executive and professional search has been changing the way its clients think about acquiring top talent. For over 20 years, clients have trusted ZRG to recruit top talent around the world. Today, ZRG is recognized as the fastest-growing global search firm and provides a full suite of retained executive management and customized talent solutions through its locations in North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

About Brimstone Consulting Group, LLC.

Brimstone Consulting is a global leader in business consulting. Brimstone works side by side with their clients, moving from strategy to execution and uncovering the pivot points for true business growth and transformation. Brimstone’s straightforward methodology simultaneously aligns the organization and develops leaders while accelerating growth, performance, and profitability. Brimestone’s core work is focused on business acceleration; change enablement; culture change; executive coaching; leadership development; leadership team alignment; organizational alignment; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and post-merger execution. Brimstone Consulting Group is based out of Camden, ME.

About RFE Investment Partners 

RFE Investment Partners is a private equity firm focused on making control investments in established small market companies located in the United States. RFE is a long-standing New Canaan, Connecticut-based firm founded in 1980 with over 40 years of experience investing in the lower middle market. RFE’s investment strategy is to transform its portfolio companies from the lower end of the market to fully professionalized and market leading middle market companies. RFE is currently investing out of Fund IX. For more information, visit www.rfeip.com.

About G2 Capital Advisors

G2 Capital Advisors provides M&A, capital markets and restructuring advisory services to the middle market. We offer integrated, multi-product and sector-focused services by pairing highly experienced C-level executives with specialist investment bankers. We aspire to be the trusted advisor of choice to our clients including corporations and institutional investors.

CONTACTS ON THIS DEAL:

Matt Konkle, President, T: 857.310.5554 E: [email protected]

Kerri Ford, Managing Director, Head of Technology & Business Services, T: 917.515.7585 E: [email protected]

Andrew Keleher, Vice President, T: 860.748.6480 E: [email protected]

Ben Stevenson, Associate: T: 412.680.9100 E: [email protected]

Aaron Levy, Senior Analyst: T: 857.250.2767 E: [email protected]