Daily News: April 4, 2012

Matrix Provides Corporate Finance Advisory to Pester Marketing

Matrix Capital Markets Group, Inc. announced the successful refinancing and expansion of Pester Marketing Company’s senior credit facilities and treasury management services. Pester management sought to consolidate, expand and reconfigure its debt capital structure and treasury management services to better suit the more sophisticated financial needs of the growing company. RBS Citizens has become the company’s primary senior lender and treasury management services provider.

Founded in 1955 and headquartered in the Denver, CO suburb of Greenwood Village, Pester is an operator of 49 retail convenience stores, which trade as “Alta”. Through its wholly owned subsidiaries, Alta Fuels, LLC and Alta Transportation, LLC, the company distributes and transports motor fuels and lubricants to wholesale, commercial and agricultural customers. Pester is one of the largest and most diversified privately held convenience retailers and petroleum marketing companies in the U.S. with a marketing territory that expands through Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, and New Mexico.

Jack Pester, chairman of Pester, commented, “Matrix, who has previously performed valuation work for the company, did a splendid job offering a choice of four bank proposals. RBS Citizens was chosen because of their cash management and industry expertise.”

Matrix provided corporate finance advisory and execution services to Pester, including debt structuring, valuation, marketing and negotiation. The transaction was managed by Spencer Cavalier, director and Vance Saunders, senior associate, with assistance from Tod Butler, vice president of Business Development.

Cavalier commented, “Pester is one of the most unique companies in the industry due to operating in multiple channels, but also by being a blender of biofuels with conventional fuels, especially through proprietary biodiesel blends. This blending capability has contributed significantly to the Company’s growth in all channels. The Company’s debt capital deck and treasury management are now better structured for continued growth. Citizens did a great job of understanding the structure and services we were seeking.” Citizens’ specialized finance group was led by Michael Phelps, Channing Lefebvre, and Steven Wheelon.

“This transaction is our seventh (7th) completed energy engagement in the first (1st) quarter of 2012,” commented Thomas Kelso, managing director and head of Matrix’s Energy and Multi-Site Retail Group. “This demonstrates once again that Matrix is the leading investment banking and financial advisory firm in the downstream energy sector. We thank Mr. Pester and his team for their confidence in us.”

Matrix Capital Markets Group is a middle-market investment bank that focuses on providing merger & acquisition and financial advisory services for corporate and privately held companies.