MidOcean backs Nutrabolt

MidOcean has acquired a “significant” minority stake in Nutrabolt (formerly named Woodbolt Distribution). No financial terms were disclosed. Houlihan Lokey advised Nutrabolt on the transaction. Headquartered in Bryan, Texas, Nutrabolt is a provider of sports nutrition products.

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New York, July 7, 2014 – MidOcean Partners (“MidOcean”), a New York-based private equity firm, announced today that it has made a significant minority equity investment in Nutrabolt (formerly named Woodbolt Distribution), a leading nutritional life sciences company known for its popular sports nutrition brand, Cellucor.

Founded in 2002 in Bryan, Texas, Nutrabolt produces a line of sports nutrition products under the Cellucor, Neon Sport and Royal Sport brands that have a focus on innovative performance powders and supplements across a wide range of categories, including pre-workout, protein and post-workout recovery. The Company’s brands are sold within leading sports nutrition retailers in North America and internationally. Nutrabolt has also received many of the industry’s highest accolades, including being named “Vendor of the Year” by GNC three of the past four years and earning “Pre-workout of the Year” by Bodybuilding.com in late 2013. In addition, the Company has been a back-to-back-to-back recipient of the Inc. 5000 distinction– recently being named as the 505th fastest growing company in the United States.

“MidOcean has extensive experience in the health and wellness space, and we found Nutrabolt’s unique and leading position in the sports nutrition marketplace very compelling,” said Daniel Penn, a MidOcean Principal. “We are very impressed with the entire Nutrabolt management team, who has grown the business into a world-class enterprise during the last several years. We believe that Nutrabolt’s differentiated brand fits perfectly with MidOcean’s proven expertise in driving growth in strong consumer branded companies; we look forward to working closely with Nutrabolt’s management team, including the Company’s CEO, Doss Cunningham and President, Manish Patel, in achieving our shared growth objectives.”

Cunningham commented, “We are thrilled to have MidOcean join the Nutrabolt team as a value-added partner. MidOcean’s reputation for assisting brands drive their growth strategy is quite impressive and our team is excited about the future prospects of our Company with their involvement.”

Houlihan Lokey served as Nutrabolt’s exclusive financial advisor in connection with the investment.

About Nutrabolt
Headquartered in Bryan, Texas, Nutrabolt is a leading developer and marketer of performance sports nutrition products. Nutrabolt’s brands include Cellucor, Neon Sport and Royal Sport. Nutrabolt was founded in 2002 under the name of Woodbolt Distribution with a mission to be the highest achieving and most respected nutritional life sciences company in the world. The Company’s motto is “Grow and Give Back” and is a generous supporter of local and national charitable organizations. Nutrabolt has grown to employ over 130 full-time employees around the country. Additional information about Nutrabolt’s products is available at www.nutraboltinc.com.

About MidOcean Partners
MidOcean Partners is a premier private equity firm with offices in New York, focused on the middle market. MidOcean is committed to investing in high-quality companies with stable market positions and multiple opportunities for growth. Targeted sectors include consumer, business services and industrial services. MidOcean utilizes a broad foundation of expertise in its focus industries to create value for its investors and partners. For more information, visit www.midoceanpartners.com.

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