Victor Graphics Retains M&A Specialist, Equity Partners
BALTIMORE—June 10, 2013—Equity Partners CRB has been retained by Victor Graphics to find a partner, investor, or buyer for the family-owned, full-service book manufacturer and printing company. Affectionately known throughout the printing industry as "The Pineapple People," Victor Graphics was founded in 1983 and has become the largest privately-owned book printer in Baltimore. Motorists passing through Baltimore on I-95 have undoubtedly seen the 20-foot-tall pineapple on the roof of Victor Graphics’ 116,500-square-foot-facility, but few probably knew the significance. The company’s founders, Judy and Tom Hicks, wanted a logo that was both unique and expressive so they settled on the pineapple, a universal symbol of hospitality. Since then, many pineapple related items have been sent to the company from customers, employees, vendors and friends.
When the company started, with only 11 employees and an SBA loan, the founders had one vision in mind. Tom Hicks, explained “We started Victor Graphics to employ people and 30 years later, we still adhere to that principle. Some of our employees have been with us the full 30 years and they continue to go above and beyond for our customers. Our focus during this process remains the same; provide employment for the benefit of our people, vendors, and customers.”
Victor Graphics specializes in one- and two-color text, workbooks, catalogs, paperback and case bound books, in addition to digital printing and eBook conversions. They serve over 400 customers across the United States and enjoy an outstanding reputation in the industry among customers and competitors alike.
Matt LoCascio, a managing director at Equity Partners, relayed that “Victor Graphics is well positioned for the future with a seasoned management team and solid workforce. Given the industry dynamics, I applaud ownership’s decision to proactively explore strategic options for the business. They are looking forward to another 30 years of continued service and success.”
About Equity Partners
Equity Partners, based in Easton, MD, provides investment banking services and has completed in excess of 400 engagements throughout the United States since 1988.