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WFCF Provides $180MM in Vestis’ Acquisition of Sport Chalet

August 21, 2014, 08:09 AM
Filed Under: Retail

Wells Fargo Capital Finance acted as joint lead arranger on a $180 million senior secured credit facility for Vestis Retail Group to acquire Sport Chalet, Inc., a specialty sports retailer with 50 stores in the Western United States. Vestis Retail Group, LLC, which is owned by funds advised by Versa Capital Management, LLC, is comprised of Bob’s Stores and Eastern Mountain Sports. The credit facility will bring strategic value to Vestis’ leading retail brands making them one of the largest sporting retail groups in the country.

“Executing this acquisition financing, which provides flexible financial tools and solutions for one of our portfolio companies, is consistent with our ongoing efforts to maximize the performance and value of our investments,” said Greg Segall, CEO of Versa Capital Management, LLC. “We appreciate Wells Fargo and recognize them as an important and longstanding partner to our business.”

“It has been our pleasure to work with Vestis Retail Group and Versa Capital Management on previous deals and they always bring great retail experience to the table,” said Keith Vercauteren, head of the Retail Finance team at Wells Fargo Capital Finance. “It is important to Wells Fargo to provide our customers with the financial flexibility and financial services they need to succeed.”

Wells Fargo Capital Finance is the trade name for certain asset-based lending services, senior secured lending services, accounts receivable and purchase order finance services, and channel finance services of Wells Fargo & Company and its subsidiaries, and provides traditional asset-based lending, specialized senior and junior secured financing, accounts receivable financing, purchase order financing and channel finance to companies across the United States and internationally. Dedicated teams within Wells Fargo Capital Finance provide financing solutions for companies in specific industries such as retail, software publishing and high-technology, commercial finance, staffing, government contracting and others.

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