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SMG buys CGC Events

SMG Holdings Inc, a portfolio company of American Capital, has acquired CGC Events Ltd. Financial terms weren’t announced. U.K.-based CGC provides catering concessionaire services venues throughout Northern England.


BETHESDA, Md., Feb. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — American Capital Equity III, LP (“ACE III”) announced today that its portfolio company SMG Holdings, Inc. (“SMG”) has acquired CGC Events Limited (“CGC”), a catering concessionaire servicing venues throughout Northern England. SMG is a leading provider of entertainment and conference venue management services worldwide.
Established over 100 years ago, CGC provides catering, concessions and hospitality services to 25 accounts, including horse racing tracks, stadiums, exhibition centers and heritage sites. CGC clients include the world famous York Racecourse, home of the prestigious Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor festival, Yorkshire Event Centre, Lincolnshire Showground, Thackray Medical Museum and the renowned Hepworth Wakefield art gallery. CGC is headquartered in Yorkshire, U.K.
“By acquiring CGC’s established food service brand, SMG will further expand its presence in the U.K. market, combining best practices at CGC and SMG, as well as extend its U.K. food service business into additional business areas, including racetracks, rugby and soccer stadiums and heritage sites,” stated Wes Westley, SMG President and CEO.
Founded in 1977, SMG is the world’s largest venue management company, providing private management services to owners of public assembly facilities. SMG provides construction and design consulting, pre-opening services, venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming. SMG currently manages over 240 venues, including arenas, stadiums, convention centers, exhibition halls, science centers, trade centers, theaters and performing arts centers. SMG’s facilities include stadiums such as the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, home of the New Orleans Saints, and Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears; convention centers such as McCormick Place in Chicago and Moscone Center in San Francisco; and U.K.-based Manchester Arena and first direct arena in Leeds. SMG also offers food and beverage operations through SAVOR, its concessions, catering and special events division. SMG is headquartered in West Conshohocken, PA. For more information, click here:
American Capital Equity III, LP (“ACE III”) is a $1.1 billion private equity fund focused on acquiring control equity and equity-related positions in companies with $5 to $25 million of EBITDA. ACE III is managed by a subsidiary of American Capital Asset Management, LLC, which is wholly owned by American Capital, Ltd., and based in Bethesda, MD. For more information, please refer
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