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CIT Serves as Joint Lead Arranger and Administrative Agent in TrustHouse Services’ Acquisition of Valley Services
Monday, June 25, 2012 08:30 AM
TrustHouse now ranks as the nation’s sixth-largest food-services provider and the fourth-largest in the healthcare and education markets."

NEW YORK & CHARLOTTE, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--CIT Group Inc. (NYSE: CIT), a leading provider of financing to small businesses and middle market companies, announced that it has arranged a $117.5 million senior secured credit facility toTrustHouse Services Group, Inc. to finance its acquisition of Valley Services, Inc., a national food service management company and one of the largest meal providers in the country. TrustHouse is a portfolio company of Gryphon Investors, a premier San Francisco-based middle market private equity firm.

CIT Sponsor Finance served as Joint Lead Arranger, Joint Bookrunner, and Administrative Agent for the transaction. Financing was provided by CIT Bank, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CIT. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“We are pleased to provide this financing to support TrustHouse’s acquisition of Valley Services,” said Eric Toizer, Managing Director of CIT Sponsor Finance. “TrustHouse now ranks as the nation’s sixth-largest food-services provider and the fourth-largest in the healthcare and education markets.”

Keith Stimson, a Partner at Gryphon Investors, said: “Through the acquisition of Valley Services, TrustHouse is continuing its growth strategy to create a world-class food services business. We selected CIT to help lead the financing of this transaction because of the firm’s proven track record of supporting our businesses. Our longstanding relationship and familiarity with the CIT deal team served to provide flexibility and structuring guidance, which helped us close this transaction in an efficient manner.”

With its latest acquisition, TrustHouse significantly increased its geographic footprint and will have annual revenue in excess of $400 million and operations in 44 states.

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About TrustHouse

TrustHouse Services Group is a leader in the Healthcare and Education-focused food services space and manages over 400 client accounts across more than 30 states. TrustHouse is headquartered in Charlotte, NC, and was founded by Michael J. Bailey and Gryphon Investors, a San Francisco-based premier middle market private equity firm.

About Valley Food Services

Valley is a national food service management company based in Jackson, Mississippi. Since 1960, it has provided contract food service management. It serves nearly 300,000 meals per day across the United States, employs more than 2,500 production employees, 50 registered dietitians, and 200 managers, and has more than 200 client accounts, including hospitals, colleges and universities, industrial cafeterias, commercial and office building cafeterias, senior nutrition services, meals on wheels programs, correctional facilities, and daycare facilities.

About Gryphon Investors

Based in San Francisco, Gryphon Investors focuses on leveraged acquisitions of, and growth investments in, middle-market companies in partnership with experienced management. Having managed $1 billion of discretionary equity capital, Gryphon has an extensive track record of investing $25 to $75 million of its own capital in companies whose sales range from $25 to $250 million. Gryphon prioritizes investment opportunities where it can form proactive partnerships with owners and executives to build leading companies, utilizing Gryphon’s capital, professional resources, and operational expertise.

About CIT Sponsor Finance

CIT Sponsor Finance provides cash flow and asset based senior debt for private equity backed transactions in the middle market throughout the United States and Canada. With nearly $10 billion in commitments to companies owned by private equity sponsors across the various industries, CIT is one of the largest providers of capital to middle market private equity firms. CIT has completed more than 150 transactions in the past five years with more than 100 different private equity sponsors.

About CIT Bank

Founded in 2000, CIT Bank (Member FDIC) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of CIT Group Inc. (NYSE: CIT). It is regulated by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the Utah Department of Financial Institutions. As of March 31, 2012, it had $6.7 billion of deposits and $9.6 billion of assets. CIT Bank makes loans without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, handicap, or familial status.

About CIT      

Founded in 1908, CIT (NYSE: CIT) is a bank holding company with more than $34 billion in financing and leasing assets. A member of the Fortune 500, it provides financing and leasing capital to its more than one million small business and middle market clients and their customers across more than 30 industries. CIT maintains leadership positions in small business and middle market lending, factoringretail financeaerospaceequipment and rail leasing, and global vendor finance. CIT also operates CIT Bank (Member FDIC),, its primary bank subsidiary, which offers a suite of online savings options designed to help customers achieve a range of financial goals.


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