Ravinia Capital, a Chicago-based boutique investment bank specializing in sell-side M&A advisory and 363 bankruptcy sales, sold Allied Healthcare Products to Allied Medical (dba Flexicare) through a Chapter 11 Section 363 sale process overseen by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the Eastern District of Missouri. The transaction closed on July 12.
Allied is a manufacturer and provider of healthcare equipment centering on patient ventilation and gas delivery systems and components. Its products are sold under a variety of brand names.
After a WARN notice was announced in December 2022 the bankruptcy court approved Ravinia Capital’s retention. Ravinia, working together with MorrisAnderson, secured a new $2.5 million loan from Sterling Commercial Credit. Sterling also agreed to become the DIP lender during the bankruptcy process and 363 sale.
“We at Sterling saw a great opportunity in providing financing for Allied. Our robust diligence process, speed of execution and holistic credit approach allow Sterling to provide its clients with bespoke capital solutions. We believe in the company, its management team, and the plan that Ravinia Capital and MorrisAnderson have put together,” Gerry Paez, CEO of Sterling Commercial Credit, said.
Tom Goldblatt of Ravinia Capital then launched a full-scale sales process marketing Allied to more than one thousand private equity firms and strategic buyers. Working closely with Akash Amin of MorrisAnderson, bankruptcy counsel from Spencer Fane and corporate counsel from Greensfelder Law Firm, Goldblatt was able to secure a stalking horse bid from Flexicare for a price amounting to more than four times projected liquidation returns.
The sale ultimately retained more than 65 jobs, paid the landlord two years’ worth of lease payments, recouped trade vendors a substantial recovery on the dollar of their pre-petition balances and ensured that these key lifesaving products will be available on the marketplace for years to come.
“This case is a great example of turnaround professionals adding value. We had it all: liquidation, wholesale layoffs, a refinance, operational stabilization and ultimately a going concern sale. All while preserving jobs, resolving environmental issues and creating substantial credit returns,” Eric Peterson of Spencer Fane said.
The transaction officially closed at a final purchase price of $8.9 million, more than four times recovery over initial projections.