GE Antares, a unit of GE Capital, announced today that it agented a $400
million senior credit facility as part of Wind Point Partners’
recapitalization of Hearthside Food Solutions. The financing consisted
of a $340 million term loan, a $30 million delayed draw term loan, and a
$30 million revolving credit facility. GE Antares served as
administrative agent and GE Capital Markets acted as joint lead arranger
and joint bookrunner for the transaction.
Hearthside Food Solutions, headquartered in Downers Grove, IL, is the
nation’s largest privately held independent bakery and is a full service
contract manufacturer of high quality grain-based food and snack
products for some of the world’s leading premier brands. The company was
formed in 2009 and today operates 13 food manufacturing facilities in
Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, and Oregon, with a
workforce in excess of 5,000.
"GE Antares’ long relationship with Wind Point, track record of
execution, and ability to make commitments in a tough economic
environment made them a valued partner in financing this transaction,"
said David Stott, vice president of Wind Point Partners. “They provide
quick feedback and deliver consistently, which is critical in today's
“We are excited to join with GE Antares and appreciate their support of
our company as we continue to grow and build our business,” said Rich
Scalise, chairman and CEO of Hearthside. “GE Antares has proven to be a
trusted source for our financing needs and continues to exceed our
"We are extremely pleased to support Wind Point Partners and
Hearthside," said Mike Hynes, senior vice president at GE Antares. "Our
relationship with Hearthside demonstrates our ability to provide leading
middle market companies with financing that helps management create
About Wind Point Partners
Wind Point Partners is a private equity investment firm that partners
with top caliber executives to acquire middle market businesses where it
can establish a path to value creation. Since its founding in 1984, Wind
Point has raised seven funds with over $2.8 billion in commitments and
acquired more than 90 platform companies and 160 add-on acquisitions.
Wind Point Partners is currently committing from Wind Point VII, a $915
million fund closed in April 2009. For more information visit www.windpointpartners.com.
About GE Antares Capital
GE Antares is a unit of GE Capital, Americas. We are builders, not
bankers. With offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and
San Francisco, GE Antares is a leading middle market lender, offering a
“one-stop” source for GE’s lending and other services offered to middle
market private equity sponsors. For more information, visit the GE
Antares website at geantares.com.
About GE Capital
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financial products and services. For more information, visit gecapital.com
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Imagination at Work - a diversified technology, media and financial
services company focused on solving some of the world's toughest
problems. Visit ge.com.