Daily News: April 15, 2015

SSG Advises Advanced Workstations in Assets Sale

SSG Capital Advisors (SSG) acted as the investment banker to Advanced Workstations in Education in the sale of substantially all of its assets to an affiliate of a private equity firm focused on special situations investments. The sale was effectuated through a Chapter 11 Section 363 sale process and closed in March 2015.

The company embarked on an aggressive multi-year sales initiative to penetrate the K-12 public and private school market. The sales effort failed to meet revenue expectations and resulted in significant cash burn and liquidity constraints. With its equity infusion exhausted and debt capacity exceeded, the company was forced to file Chapter 11 in November, 2014.

The company retained SSG to explore strategic alternatives immediately before the Chapter 11 filing. SSG conducted a comprehensive marketing process, which resulted in a wide range of potential buyers, including multiple strategic and financial parties interested in the company as a going concern. An affiliate of a turnaround-focused, lower middle market private equity firm ultimately acquired AWE’s assets through a sale process approved by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

AWE is a provider of digital learning solutions for young children.