AlphaGraphics Purchased by an Affiliate of Blackstreet Capital
SALT LAKE CITY, UT—Jan. 18, 2012—Business and marketing communications franchisor AlphaGraphics Inc., formerly owned by the UK-based G A Pindar & Son, has been purchased by an affiliate of Maryland-based private equity fund Blackstreet Capital Partners II.
“We’re extremely excited to add the AlphaGraphics brand to our portfolio,” said Blackstreet Capital Managing Director Lawrence Berger. “This is a unique deal for our team; Blackstreet typically purchases underperforming companies. AlphaGraphics, which is healthy and profitable, does not fall into this category. The company has not only weathered some difficult economic times, but continues to lead its industry in average center sales and net center growth.”
According to Berger, a thorough examination of the Utah-based company’s business model revealed a solid vision and strategy, with franchisees and a management team qualified to execute, which is what drew Blackstreet to AlphaGraphics.
“We look forward to supporting this well-positioned brand to a higher level of success through the special relationship that exists between the franchisor and its talented franchisees,” he said.
Kevin Cushing, CEO of AlphaGraphics, added, “We’re grateful for the opportunity to have Blackstreet Capital as our new owners. They have the business experience and track record to help us more efficiently achieve our goal of becoming the leading provider of business and marketing communications to small- and medium-sized businesses. It’s a momentous time for our AlphaGraphics Service Center team, as well as our network of nearly 280 franchise business owners. Their ownership adds stability to our future and ensures that our headquarters remain in Salt Lake City.”
AlphaGraphics business centers offer a complete range of print, visual communications and marketing products and solutions, including full-service digital, offset and large-format printing; design services; mailing and one-to-one marketing services; promotional products and digital archiving.
AlphaGraphics Inc. plans, produces and manages visual communications for businesses at nearly 300 owner-operated, locally-based business centers worldwide. Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, the AlphaGraphics network, an over 40 year-old brand, leads the industry in sales per location. Backed by state-of-the-art technology, the world’s highest quality standards and a global network, the company’s trained and experienced team members are committed to delivering creative solutions that enable customers to increase their reach.
About Blackstreet Capital
Blackstreet Capital is a Chevy Chase, MD-based private equity firm with over $200 million of capital under management. Blackstreet focuses on control buyouts of companies that are either underperforming, in out-of-favor industries, or are undergoing some form of transition. Blackstreet seeks investments in a range of industries, including manufacturing/distribution, restaurants, specialty retail, business services, and health care.