Daily News: May 23, 2013

GB Credit, CIT Partner to Syndicate $50MM Dana Term Loan

GB Credit Partners, the investment management affiliate of
Gordon Brothers Group announced it has provided a $15 million second lien equipment term loan to Dana Transport. Dana is a chemical and fuel hauling trucking company.

GB Credit Partners said it was approached by CIT Equipment Finance to partner with them to provide junior secured financing that would complete the syndication of a $50 million equipment term loan to Dana Transport. The loan is secured by a second lien position in Dana Transport’s trucking equipment.

Vince Belcastro, group head for CIT Capital Equipment Finance, commented, “Working with GB Credit Partners, allowed us to provide a complete financing solution for Dana. They were a great partner and both knowledgeable and supportive of Dana’s efforts to restructure its balance sheet.”

GB Credit Partners’ due diligence of the company was complemented by its ability to utilize the proprietary research and diligence capabilities of Gordon Brothers Group’s Commercial & Industrial division. GB Credit Partners was able to obtain a solid understanding of the collateral value and the company’s business plan in order to help facilitate a refinancing of the company’s capital structure. Together, CIT and GB Credit Partners successfully negotiated with the senior revolving lenders to achieve the appropriate control and access to the equipment collateral securing the term loan, which spanned 53 locations and over 9,000 individual pieces.

Gary Prager, managing director of GB Credit Partners, stated, “We are pleased to partner with Dana Transport by providing an equipment loan that best meets their current needs and allows them to capitalize on improving market conditions.”

Avenel, NJ-based Dana Transport is the third largest privately owned bulk carrier in the country and provides transportation, leasing, tank washing, logistics and repair services to a diverse customer base.

GB Credit Partners, the investment management affiliate of Gordon
Brothers Group, originates, structures and invests in private market debt.