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CCG Advisors Completes Sale of Sunflower Landscaping & Maintenance To An Employee Stock Ownership Plan

November 1, 2013

CCG Advisors today announced the sale of its client, Sunflower Landscaping & Maintenance, a leading Florida-based landscape construction, maintenance and enhancements company.  CCG was originally retained by sunflower in 2005 on the sale of a portion of the company to an Employee Stock Ownership Plan and Sunflower turned once again to CCG to complete the sale of the remaining shares this year.   

Sunflower was founded in 1988 by Bill Fash in Palm Beach County.  Bill's younger brother Doug joined the company after graduation from college and the two brothers have led the company together ever since.  In the years since inception, Sunflower has grown from a two-person family-operated business in to an established industry leader that employs over 200 people.  Headquartered in Delray Beach, Sunflower has operating locations in ten counties and four major markets throughout Florida, including Delray Beach, Port St. Lucie, Naples and Tampa.  The company has won numerous awards for their work, has an impeccable reputation and very high rates of client retention.   

"CCG did our original, partial ESOP in 2005 and most recently our sale of the remaining shares to become a 100 percent S-Corporation ESOP in 2013," said Doug Fash, Founder.  "Both transactions delivered excellent results and provided us with the ability to create both liquidity for our ownership and diversification of our net worth.  Brian and his team led both transactions and were able to keep the various parties completely on track by quarterbacking the entire process.  Most importantly, CCG was very instrumental in negotiating and securing us a favorable valuation as well as fantastic bank financing."  

After owning a company for almost twenty years, I got to the point of wanting to get some chips off the table," said Bill Fash, Founder.  "Having seen many of our friends and competitors go through the sale process, we decided the ESOP was a better route for us.  Through the ESOP we were able to achieve our personal financial goals while not "selling out" or having to deal with a buyer influencing the way we want to run our business.  Brian Corbett and his team made certain that we received full fair market value and the absolute best financing the market would bear, which is not always the case in these things."  

"This is the culmination of a strategy we deployed back in 2005 when we sold the first tranche of stock to the ESOP," says Brian Corbett, CCG Advisors Managing Partner.  "We are thrilled for Bill and Doug and the employees of Sunflower.  The shift in ownership from the founders to the employees is a major milestone for all involved.  We expect that the Fash brothers will remain active in the company but do so after having been bale to achieve liquidity for their ownership and diversify their net worth, which is the dear m of any business owner.  We enjoyed the opportunity t work with Bill and Doug again and appreciate their trust and friendship."  

CCG Advisors is an Atlanta-based merger and acquisition firm specializing in advising owners of privately held companies on business valuation, strategic growth planning, capital alternatives and exit strategies. CCG represents business owners nationally and across all lines of industry in the sale, recapitalization or ESOP of their companies. The referrals and goodwill of our clients are a testament to CCG’s record of building real and lasting client relationships. CCG is committed to helping clients to achieve their personal, financial and business goals at the right time for maximum value.


 

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