September 27, 2013 — Sterling Investment Partners ("Sterling") is pleased to announce that its portfolio company Excelligence Learning Corporation ("Excelligence" or the “Company”) has completed a $204 million debt financing. Proceeds from the refinancing were used to (i) fund a distribution to the Company's unitholders, (ii) refinance existing debt and (iii) pay related fees and expenses. The debt financing was led by Unitranche Fund LLC.
Excelligence Learning is a full-line manufacturer and distributor of high-volume, consumable and non-consumable products, primarily educational, to the $1.5 billion pre-K and K-6 markets. The Company markets, manufactures and distributes more than 20,500 SKU’s to over 250,000 customers, including child care programs, daycare centers, preschools, after school programs, elementary schools, PTAs, PTOs, teachers, and parents of young children.
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Sterling Investment Partners is a private equity firm with a highly experienced, cohesive team of senior investment professionals. Sterling acquires businesses that the firm believes have strong, sustainable competitive advantages and significant opportunities for value creation. Sterling has over $1.0 billion in initial fund commitments. Over its history, Sterling has completed platform investments, strategic or add-on acquisitions, recapitalizations and liquidity events with an aggregate transaction value of over $10.3 billion, representing more than 100 transactions. Key industries Sterling focuses on include business services, industrial and consumer value-added distribution, niche manufacturing, and transportation and logistics. www.sterlinglp.com