Sperry Mitchell Advises WaterFleet LLC on its Sale to EagleTree Capital

New York, NY (November 30, 2017) WaterFleet, LLC of San Antonio, TX has been recapitalized by EagleTree Capital of New York, NY.  Sperry, Mitchell & Company initiated this transaction, assisted in the negotiations, and served as exclusive financial advisor to WaterFleet.

WaterFleet is an industry-leading, full-service provider of mobile water and wastewater treatment solutions for remote locations.  The Company’s innovative technology and green solutions have transformed the remote-location water and domestic wastewater industry, significantly improving remote workforce living conditions and reducing the cost and environmental risk of traditional wastewater services.  WaterFleet operates a technology-as-a-service platform, leasing its systems to customers and providing ongoing compliant treatment and remote monitoring & diagnostic services.

“We are pleased to be partnering with EagleTree, a firm that has significant water industry expertise,” said Alan Pyle, Co-Founder and CEO of WaterFleet.  “With EagleTree’s support, we’ll be better positioned to enhance our reach and scale by expanding our fleet capacity and real-time monitoring solutions in order to better serve our existing customers in the energy industry. We will also continue to build our presence in other sectors – such as industrial construction and emergency response – that would benefit from our solutions.  We look forward to working together closely with EagleTree to address the myriad of water-related problems that are impacting businesses, municipalities, and water-stressed populations in the U.S.”

Norton Rose Fulbright served as legal advisor to WaterFleet.  Jones Day served as legal advisor to EagleTree.

WaterFleet (www.waterfleet.com) operates a fleet of Mobile Drinking Water Production trailers  (The Water Rig) and Mobile Domestic Wastewater Processing trailers (The Reclaimer Rig) for oil field drilling, oil field completion, and large-scale industrial construction operations. Both systems are designed to the highest standards, with proprietary technology to address the particular demands of harsh, remote environments.

EagleTree Capital (www.eagletree.com), formerly Wasserstein Partners, is a leading independent private equity firm, focused primarily on leveraged buyout and growth equity investment activities. EagleTree manages capital on behalf of institutional and individual investors. The firm is focused on investments primarily in the media & communications, consumer products, water, and industrial sectors. EagleTree is located in New York, NY.

Sperry, Mitchell & Company (www.sperrymitchell.com) is an investment banking firm specializing in sell-side middle-market merger and acquisition advisory services.  Since the firm’s founding in 1986, Sperry Mitchell has completed over 350 transactions in a wide range of industries, with values ranging from $10 to $450 million.


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Three Years in a Row, Beatrice Mitchell Has Been Commended as One of the Most Influential Women in Mid-Market M&A

For three years in a row, Mergers & Acquisitions has commended Beatrice Mitchell as one of the Most influential Women in Mid-Market M&A.

For nearly 30 years, Beatrice Mitchell has sold privately-held companies in manufacturing, distribution, retail, business services and other industries. Mitchell started Sperry Mitchell with husband Paul Sperry in 1986. The firm has remained successful by investing substantially in infrastructure, including databases and people, and cultivating connections and a good word-of-mouth reputation from clients. The firm focuses on putting together an excellent product: the selling memorandum and the list of potential acquirers.

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Tom Pogacnik Speaks at Capital Rountable’s Conference for PE Acquisitions of Family-Owned Companies

Tom Pogacnik was a featured speaker at Capital Roundtable’s conference Best Practices For PE Acquisitions Of Family-Owned Companies. The conference was held at The University Club, in New York City on July 13th. The Capital Roundtable is America’s leading conference company for the middle-market private equity community.

Tom spoke on topics such as the transaction dynamics of acquiring family-owned businesses, the importance of understanding the goals and desires of families when selling their businesses, and what buyers look for when acquiring family-owned businesses. The conference was attended by private equity and family office professionals, debt providers, wealth management advisors, investment bankers, M&A lawyers, and business owners and executives.

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2017 J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge

Since 2000, Sperry, Mitchell & Company has fielded a competitive team for the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge road race. Our 2017 team was comprised of Paul Sperry, Tom Pogacnik, Dan Officer, Melissa Cole, Kyle Morgan, Alex Coggin and Krista Agatielli.

Kyle Morgan delivered the fastest time for the second year, although the rest of our team didn’t finish far behind.

The highlight of the evening was the post-race cocktails and dinner at Atwood.

We Moved!

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Daniel Officer Promoted to Managing Director

Sperry, Mitchell & Company is pleased to announce the promotion of Daniel Officer to Managing Director.

Since joining our firm, Dan has proven himself to be an invaluable member of the SMC team, having successfully initiated and closed numerous transactions across a variety of industries, including industrial manufacturing, chemicals, distribution, packaging, and business services.

Dan was chosen as the Dealmaker of the Year by the Association for Corporate Growth in 2015, and Dealmaker of the Year by Finance Monthly in 2014. In addition, he was recognized as a 2016 Annual Emerging Leader by The M&A Advisor. Dan is an active member of the Investment Banking Committee for the New York Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth.

Dan earned a B.A. with honors from Dickinson College, and lives in New York City with his wife and daughter.


Select transaction highlights include: 

• The recapitalization of Green Creative LLC, a leading developer and manufacturer of innovative LED lighting, by Fulton Capital and Merit Capital.

• The sale of Cue & Case Sales, a leading designer and distributor of billiard products & accessories, to Escalade Inc. (NASDAQ:ESCA).

• The recapitalization of Griswold Corp., a leading manufacturer of open-cell rubber and urethane foam products, by Strait Lane Capital Partners.

• The sale of Litecontrol Corporation, a leading designer and manufacturer of architectural interior lighting fixtures, to Hubbell, Inc. (NYSE:HUB.B).

• The sale of Itran Precision Rubber, a manufacturer of custom molded rubber products, to Acme Machell Company.

• The sale of Acetylene Oxygen Company, the largest independent distributor of industrial gases in South Texas, to Praxair Inc. (NYSE:PX).

Beatrice Mitchell Speaks at ACG’s 4th Annual Women’s Leadership Summit

Beatrice Mitchell was a speaker at ACG’s 4th Annual Women’s Leadership Summit which took place on January 19 at Convene in New York City. The Summit was filled with over 200 female finance professionals from a variety of middle market private equity firms and investment banks.

Beatrice spoke on a panel for The Leadership Parity – How Women Have Risen to the Top Seats in Private Equity and Actions to Continue the Trend.

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Tom Pogacnik Recognized by The M&A Advisor for 2016 Cross-Border Deal of the Year

Tom Pogacnik of Sperry, Mitchell & Company has been recognized for his key role in the acquisition of Morrow & Co. (Stamford, CT) by Sodali Ltd. (London, England), winning the Cross Border Deal of the Year Award at the 15th Annual M&A Advisor Awards Dinner at the New York Athletic Club. This award was chosen by a panel of 35 M&A industry experts. “It gives us great pleasure to recognize Sperry, Mitchell & Company and bestow upon them our highest honor for M&A firms and professionals,” said David Fergusson, Co-CEO and President of the M&A Advisor.

Beatrice Mitchell, Co-Founder of Sperry, Mitchell & Company, commented “We’re proud to announce that Tom Pogacnik has been chosen as a winner of the Cross Border Deal of the Year award by the M&A Advisor. Over the past eleven years, Tom has  contributed to the success of our business in a meaningful way.

Tom Pogacnik has nearly 20 years of M&A experience and is primarily focused on originating and evaluating potential clients, as well as marketing and executing deals across a variety of industry sectors, including industrial manufacturing, business services, and consumer goods Tom earned a B.A. from Gettysburg College.


Sperry Mitchell Advises ICC/Decision Services on its Sale to StellaService, Inc.

New York, NY (October 18, 2016)Store Insight, Inc. dba ICC/Decision Services (“ICC”) of New York, NY and Wayne, NJ has been acquired by StellaService, Inc. of New York, NY. Sperry, Mitchell & Company initiated this transaction, assisted in the negotiations, and served as exclusive financial advisor to ICC.

ICC/Decision Services (www.iccds.com) is a leading provider of customer experience management services to large retailers, restaurant chains, supermarkets, fitness clubs, discounters, and other customer-facing entities. ICC uses mystery shopping, customer intercepts, and customer satisfaction surveys to evaluate, manage, measure, and improve customer satisfaction and the overall customer experience, while generating revenue and operational enhancement ideas and suggestions for its clients. ICC is led by Owner and President David Rich, who will continue to lead ICC as it is merged with StellaService’s ecommerce service measurement and optimization platform (Stella Metrics). ICC was founded in 1979.

StellaService, Inc. (www.stellaservice.com) helps companies grow through better customer service. The company offers solutions including employee engagement tools, real-time customer feedback surveys, and objective service performance measurement and benchmarking. StellaService was founded in 2009 and is backed by a number of prominent venture capital firms. StellarService’s backers include Comcast Ventures, Toba Capital, Battery Ventures, Gotham Ventures, RRE Ventures and Norwest Venture Partners.

Sperry, Mitchell & Company, Inc. (www.sperrymitchell.com) is an investment banking firm specializing in middle-market merger and acquisition advisory services.  Since the firm’s founding in 1986, Sperry Mitchell has completed hundreds of transactions in a wide range of industries, with values ranging from $10 to $450 million.


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Sperry Mitchell Advises Dicor Corporation on its Sale to Airxcel, Inc.

New York, NY (October 3, 2016) – Dicor Corporation, Inc. (“Dicor”) of Elkhart, IN has been acquired by Airxcel, Inc. of Wichita, KS, a portfolio company of One Rock Capital Partners of New York, NY. Sperry, Mitchell & Company served as exclusive financial advisor to Dicor Corporation.

Dicor Corporation, Inc. (www.dicor.com) is a leading designer, distributor, and manufacturer of specialty parts, components, and accessories primarily to the Recreational Vehicle Aftermarket and OEM markets, as well as to a growing list of other industries, such as Commercial, Specialty Vehicle, Marine, Transit, and Construction. The company offers a comprehensive range of value-added product lines that are designed to enhance the functionality, durability, and appearance of its customers’ products. Products include premium roofing membranes and sealant solutions, heavy-duty wheel covers, advanced-design window coverings and shade systems, and engineered composite panels. Dicor Corporation’s family of affiliates includes Dicor Products, United Shade, Vixen Composites, and Seal Design. Dicor Corporation was founded in 1984 and is based in Elkhart, IN.

Airxcel, Inc. (www.airxcel.com) is a leading designer and producer of heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and appliance products serving worldwide specialty markets. The company offers its products through the Coleman-Mach, Maxxair, MCD, Suburban, Marvair, and Industrial Climate Engineering brands. Airxcel was founded in 1991 and maintains locations in Kansas, Tennessee, Georgia, Texas, and Indiana.

One Rock Capital Partners (www.onerockcapital.com) is a private equity firm that invests in companies with strong potential for growth and improvement. One Rock utilizes highly experienced Operating Partners in identifying and acquiring businesses in select industries. One Rock also has a unique strategic relationship with Mitsubishi Corporation, which can provide strategic resources to One Rock and its portfolio companies.

Sperry, Mitchell & Company, Inc. (www.sperrymitchell.com) is an investment banking firm specializing in middle-market merger and acquisition advisory services. Since the firm’s founding in 1986, Sperry Mitchell has completed hundreds of transactions in a wide range of industries, with values ranging from $10 to $450 million.


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