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Zoe’s Kitchen starts proposed IPO

Zoe’s Kitchen has commenced the underwritten initial public offering of 5,833,333 shares of its common stock pursuant to a registration statement on Form S-1 with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Brentwood Associates is a backer.

Brentwood Associates hires MD

Consumer-focused private equity firm Brentwood Associates has hired Scott Staff as a managing director. He will be focused on business development.

The Great Courses Appoints Executive Chairman

The Great Courses, a developer and marketer of video and audio courses for lifelong learners, has appointed Charles Davis executive chairman of the company’s board of directors. The Great Courses is the premier brand of The Teaching Company, a portfolio investment of private equity firm Brentwood Associates.

Brentwood Takes Minority Stake in Veggie Grill

Veggie Grill said Monday it has secured $20 million in funding from current and new investors. Brentwood Associates provided a substantial part of the capital raise and has a “substantial minority” position in the company. Santa Monica-based Veggie Grill is a West Coast restaurant concept that provides plant-based food.

Brentwood Exits Pacific Island Restaurants

Brentwood Associates has sold Pacific Island Restaurants to Nimes Capital. Financial terms weren’t announced. Honolulu-based Pacific Island is the sole franchisee of Pizza Hut and Taco Bell throughout Hawaii, Guam and Saipan.  Harris Williams provided financial advice to PIR.

Brentwood Associates Invests in Soft Surroundings

Soft Surroundings has sold a majority stake to Brentwood Associates. Financial terms weren’t announced. The company will continue to be managed by CEO Tom Wilcher and President Robin Sheldon. St. Louis-based Sof Surroundings is a direct marketer and specialty retailer of apparel, accessories, beauty products and home furnishings. PRESS RELEASE Soft Surroundings, a leading direct […]

Brentwood Associates Acquires Majority Stake in Sundance

Brentwood Associates, a consumer-focused private equity investment firm based in Los Angeles, has acquired a majority stake in Sundance Holdings Group. Sundance Catalog, founded by Robert Redford in 1989 and headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, is a multi-channel direct marketer and specialty retailer of women’s accessories, jewelry and home furnishings. Selling shareholders, including ACI […]

Brentwood Closes Second Dividend Recap of The Teaching Co.

Brentwood Associates said Tuesday that it has completed its second dividend recap of The Teaching Company Holdings. The deal was financed through a $170 million credit facility. Brentwood, a consumer focused PE firm, said it has realized a return in capital in excess of its original investment. Ares Capital Corp. provided the incremental financing for […]

Brentwood Associates Backs Veggie Grill

Santa Monica, Calif.-based Veggie Grill has raised $11 million in new equity funding. As part of the deal private equity firm Brentwood Associates also agreed to provide additional funding over the next year-and-a-half. Veggie Grill is a restaurant chain focused on American comfort food.

Brentwood Associates Recaps The Teaching Co.

Consumer-focused private equity firm Brentwood Associates has recapitalized its portfolio company The Teaching Company Holdings Inc. with a $170 million credit facility, the firm said. The financing was provided by the Senior Secured Loan Program, which is jointly managed by Ares Capital Corporation and an affiliate of GE Capital. The recap provides Brentwood a return on its original investment without changing its ownership stake, the firm said in a statement. The Teaching Company is based in Chantilly, Virginia.

Deal Scoop: Olympus Sells K-Mac To Brentwood Associates

After nearly seven years, Olympus Partners has sold K-Mac Holdings, which is the third largest Taco Bell franchisee in the U.S.

Stamford, Conn.-based Olympus Partners, a middle market PE firm, did not reveal financial terms or the buyer. Olympus did sell its majority stake in K-Mac, making an eight time return on its equity investment.

The transaction closed late yesterday, says Paul Rubin, an Olympus partner. He declined to disclose the buyer.

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