LLCP completes dividend recaps for Tronair and GFG

Levine Leichtman Capital Partners said Monday that it has completed dividend recaps for two portfolio companies Tronair and Global Franchise Group. Proceeds of the recap for both were used to pay a shareholder dividend as well as related fees and expenses. Based in Holland, Ohio, Tronair is a provider of ground support equipment for business, commercial and military aircraft. And, Global Franchise Group, which is based in Atlanta, owns and runs franchised brands in the restaurant service sector.

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LOS ANGELES, March 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Levine Leichtman Capital Partners (“LLCP”), a Los Angeles-based private equity firm, announced today that two portfolio companies of Levine Leichtman Capital Partners IV, L.P. were recently recapitalized resulting in a significant return of capital to LLCP’s limited partners.
Tronair, Inc. (“Tronair”, www.tronair.com) successfully increased its senior credit facility to $51.0 million in February 2014. Proceeds of the transaction were used to pay a shareholder dividend and pay related fees and expenses. The senior credit facility was provided by Bank of Montreal and Bank of Ireland.
Global Franchise Group, LLC (“GFG”, www.globalfranchise.com) successfully increased its senior credit facility to $70.0 million in February 2014. Proceeds of the transaction were used to pay a shareholder dividend and pay related fees and expenses. The senior credit facility was provided by Bank of Montreal and NXT Capital, LLC.
About Tronair
Tronair, based in Holland, Ohio, is the global leader in the design, manufacture, and sale of ground support equipment (“GSE”) for business, commercial and military aircraft. Tronair’s broad and innovative product line of GSE, comprised of over 1,000 SKUs, is used by over 300 unique aircraft platforms. Tronair is the market leader in its core products and market segments, serving leading aircraft OEMs (e.g., Bombardier, Gulfstream, Embraer, Boeing and Airbus), fixed based operators, maintenance and repair providers, corporate hangars, commercial airlines, defense contractors and military airbases around the world.
About Global Franchise Group
GFG, based in Atlanta, GA, is a strategic brand management company that owns and manages a portfolio of franchised brands in the quick service restaurant industry. These brands include Pretzelmaker, Great American Cookies, Marble Slab Creamery and MaggieMoo’s. The Company has over 1,000 franchised locations worldwide, primarily located in the United States, Canada and Latin America.
About Levine Leichtman Capital Partners
Levine Leichtman Capital Partners is a Los Angeles, California-based investment firm that manages approximately $7.0 billion of institutional investment capital through private equity partnerships, distressed debt and leveraged loan funds. LLCP is currently making new investments through Levine Leichtman Capital Partners V, L.P., Levine Leichtman Capital Partners SBIC Fund, L.P. and Levine Leichtman Capital Partners Private Capital Solutions II, L.P. Prior investments by Levine Leichtman Capital Partners include Santa Cruz Nutritionals, CiCi’s Pizza, Hackney Ladish, Jon Douglas Real Estate Group, and Quizno’s.

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