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CCG Advisors Completes Sale of SunTerra Landscape Services to Merit Service Solutions
April 14, 2014

CCG Advisors today announced the sale of its client, SunTerra Landscape Services, an Austin, Texas landscape company.

SunTerra was originally founded in 1988 as SunGrow Landscape Services in Austin, Texas. Chris Carmouche and his family acquired the maintenance division, partnered with one of the original founders - Steve Matcha - and rebranded the company as SunTerra Landscape Services.  Following the transaction, the management team opened two additional branch offices, expanding the company's presence to include locations in Austin, Dallas Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio.  The new owners invested in infrastructure and IT systems, built a first-rate management team and doubled the company's top-line revenue.  With nearly 250 employees, and maintaining over 400 properties, SunTerra has distinguished itself from local and national competitors through the combination of large company capabilities and infrastructure and the personal touch of a locally-owned enterprise. (www.sunterralandscape.com)

"Brian Corbett and Jonathan Thomson were instrumental in putting our deal together, nurturing it and bringing it to fruition,” said Chris Carmouche, former owner.  “We learned that every deal process has its ups and downs and at times, we were overwhelmed, but JT and Brian helped to give guidance and assurances to make the process less overwhelming.  With their seasoned expertise, we were able to work through challenges and bring the sale to completion.  The project was a huge success thanks to CCG's considerable time and attention."  

SunTerra will become the Texas platform of Merit Service Solutions, a portfolio company of L2 Capital.  The addition of SunTerra provides Merit a platform in all major markets of Texas, expanding their self-performing footprint outside the Northeast, where the company is based.  Judy McNew, SunTerra COO, will lead the Texas operations and become a member of the Merit executive leadership team.

“CCG's experience played a key role in helping keep the process on track and getting this impactful transaction closed,” said Vince Willis, Chairman, Merit Service Solutions.  

This marked CCG’s third landscape industry deal completed in the past six months.  “The deal environment is especially active right now for well-performing landscape maintenance companies,” said CCG Advisors Managing Partner Brian Corbett.  “We are always happy to help our clients capitalize on a window of opportunity in their industry and right now, we’re seeing lots of activity in the landscape market.”  

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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