May 11, 2011
Authored by: Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
In its press release issued on May 4, 2011, Bryan Cave client Brand Group Holdings, Inc. (the “Company”) announced the successful completion of its recapitalization. The total amount raised in the initial phase of this effort was $125 million, and the three largest investors in the recapitalization, affiliates of The Carlyle Group, The Stephens Group, and the Cousins’ family, invested approximately $96 million, with various other investors investing approximately $29 million. The investors have agreements in place with the Company to invest an additional $75 million in capital at a later date.
A unique feature of this transaction is a valuation adjustment that utilizes a stock escrow arrangement. Some of the purchased shares will revert from the new investors to the legacy shareholders if the existing loan portfolio performs better than the investors have projected.
As a result of the recapitalization, the Company is among the best capitalized financial institutions, among those with over $1 billion in assets, in Georgia. The Company’s Total Risk-Based Capital Ratio stands at over 24%. The Company anticipates that its wholly owned subsidiary bank, The Brand Banking Company, will use proceeds from the recapitalization to enhance its current offerings and expand into new banking services.