ClearChoice Blog

We recently announced that a Sun Capital Partners affiliate has agreed to acquire ClearChoice, a national network of providers that provides same-day dental implant services.

Founded in 2004, Colorado-based ClearChoice currently includes 39 dental implant centers in 22 states. The company supports the network of professionals who provide complex, full-mouth dental implant restorations which restore the function and aesthetics of healthy, natural teeth using a multi-disciplinary approach that uniquely combines surgical, restorative, and laboratory functions in an all-in-one center.

ClearChoice offers a new and innovative approach to providing patients dental implants. Replacing teeth using traditional methods is a very expensive and time consuming process, requiring multiple surgeries over a period of months. ClearChoice offers patients a less expensive option that can be installed in a single surgery, reducing costs and providing immediate benefits.

We believe this company has the potential to improve lives, and we’re excited to help it reach its full potential.

Leading Sun Capital Partners, Inc. as Co-Chief Executive is Marc J. Leder. Under Marc’s leadership, Sun Capital Partners turns companies’ untapped potential by leveraging deep operational and financial resources to transformative results. For more on Marc and Sun Capital Partners, visit this LinkedIn page.

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Creekstone Blog

An affiliate of Sun Capital recently sold its investment in Creekstone Farms, a leading supplier of premium USDA-certified beef and pork products, after owning the business since 2005. While a livestock business was a bit of an anomaly in our portfolio, we were able to apply the same skill set to improve performance. It was a good reminder that, while every business is unique and demands an understanding of its specific industry, there is always opportunity for operational improvements through the Sun Transformation System.

The first step after purchase was to build and support the company’s management team with highlyexperienced industry veterans. With their expertise in place, we recognized rising demand and opportunities, and worked to expand the company’s product offerings. This helped grow the company’s international business more than 800 percent, to approximately 20 percent of total sales.

Additionally, seeing growing demand for “all natural” products among consumers, we expanded the Creekstone Farms’ line of all natural products from less than 5 percent of production at the time of our acquisition to roughly 22 percent at the time the company was sold. It’s critical to stay aware of macro trends like this to stay ahead of the market, and Creekstone did a tremendous job not only seeing the opportunity, but moving at the right time and putting the resources behind it to ensure that the company would be able to maintain supply after the initial push.

By observing market dynamics at a global level, we were able to transform Creekstone Farms into the choice of food lovers across the world – supplying not only many of America’s top grocers and restaurants with a variety of high-quality meats, but forming a leader in the dining industry.

Marc Leder Discusses Horizon Services

Earlier this year, we made an investment in Delaware-based Horizon Services, the leading provider of residential plumbing, heating and air conditioning services for Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Maryland. The founders were looking for a partner like Sun Capital who could invest and advise in helping to grow their business more quickly and to expand their geographic footprint beyond the core Mid-Atlantic region. We were attracted to Horizon Services because it is a strong, growing company in the services sector, an area where we have a lot of experience.

We quickly recognized strong potential to help boost Horizon Services from a good company into a great one. Sun Capital is working with the management team to identify potential acquisition opportunities for other plumbing and heating providers in key regions. We recently helped Horizon with the first two acquisitions of our partnership by adding both Gold Medal Service, which operates in East Brunswick, New Jersey, and Casteel Heating & Cooling, a leading HVAC provider in Atlanta, Georgia, into the Horizon Services family. These additions have helped Horizon expand into new areas, while increasing efficiencies and reducing costs. The company is currently looking to hire additional HVAC professionals to service its rapidly growing customer base.

Other initiatives we are teaming up with management to accomplish include efforts to improve business processes, and enhance the customer experience. Our resources and in-house expertise are providing Horizon with the ability to expand their growth in the coming years, creating a win/win situation for both Horizon’s leadership and customers, and our team at Sun Capital.

Marc J. Leder, the Co-Chief Executive of Sun Capital Partners, Inc., has been engaged in leveraged buyouts, investment banking, and business operations for nearly three decades. To learn more about Marc and his storied career, click here.

Marc Leder: Recent Accomplishments by Sun Capital Partners

Earlier this year, The M&A Advisor named Sun Capital Partners “Private Equity Firm of the Year,” and inducted me into their Private Equity Hall of Fame. While it is flattering to be included in such a renowned group of private equity leaders, the greater credit belongs to my many colleagues at Sun Capital who have put in so much hard work and dedication over the years. Private Equity Firm of the Year is a far greater achievement, and is a testament to the strength of Sun Capital’s team and culture.

Often overlooked in today’s corporate landscape, culture is critical to a firm’s long-term success. Having an organizational identity and common set of values across offices and departments allows a company to build genuine, cohesive relationships between team members, and fosters true collaboration. Businesses known for having constructive environments are the ones that succeed and have lasting impact.

At Sun Capital, we’ve built a working environment that balances perseverance and passion with integrity and fairness, accountability with decisiveness. Yes, results are important to us, as they are to any investor, but having a collaborative, team-oriented environment that values cooperation more than ego allows us to achieve great results and attract the best talent.

The M&A Advisor’s award is a great validation of what our team has built together, and reinforces that our firm is on the right path. I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity to work with such an incredible group of people, who have taken Sun Capital Partners farther than I ever dreamed possible.

Marc J. Leder leads Sun Capital Partners, Inc. as Co-Chief Executive. Under Marc’s leadership, the firm turns companies’ untapped potential by leverage deep operational and financial resources to deliver transformative results. For more on Marc and Sun Capital Partners, visit this LinkedIn page.

Marc Leder: Recent Accomplishments by Sun Capital Partners

Earlier this year, The M&A Advisor named Sun Capital Partners “Private Equity Firm of the Year,” and inducted me into their Private Equity Hall of Fame. While it is flattering to be included in such a renowned group of private equity leaders, the greater credit belongs to my many colleagues at Sun Capital who have put in so much hard work and dedication over the years. Private Equity Firm of the Year is a far greater achievement, and is a testament to the strength of Sun Capital’s team and culture.

Often overlooked in today’s corporate landscape, culture is critical to a firm’s long-term success. Having an organizational identity and common set of values across offices and departments allows a company to build genuine, cohesive relationships between team members, and fosters true collaboration. Businesses known for having constructive environments are the ones that succeed and have lasting impact.

At Sun Capital, we’ve built a working environment that balances perseverance and passion with integrity and fairness, accountability with decisiveness. Yes, results are important to us, as they are to any investor, but having a collaborative, team-oriented environment that values cooperation more than ego allows us to achieve great results and attract the best talent.

The M&A Advisor’s award is a great validation of what our team has built together, and reinforces that our firm is on the right path. I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity to work with such an incredible group of people, who have taken Sun Capital Partners farther than I ever dreamed possible.

Marc J. Leder leads Sun Capital Partners, Inc. as Co-Chief Executive. Under Marc’s leadership, the firm turns companies’ untapped potential by leveraging deep operational and financial resources to transformative results. For more on Marc and Sun Capital Partners, visit this LinkedIn page.

Marc Leder Discusses Horizon Services

Earlier this year, we made an investment in Delaware-based Horizon Services, the leading provider of residential plumbing, heating and air conditioning services for Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Maryland. The founders were looking for a partner like Sun Capital who could invest and advise in helping to grow their business more quickly and to expand their geographic footprint beyond the core Mid-Atlantic region. We were attracted to Horizon Services because it is a strong, growing company in the services sector, an area where we have a lot of experience.

We quickly recognized strong potential to help boost Horizon Services from a good company into a great one. Sun Capital is working with the management team to identify potential acquisition opportunities for other plumbing and heating providers in key regions. We recently helped Horizon with the first two acquisitions of our partnership by adding both Gold Medal Service, which operates in East Brunswick, New Jersey, and Casteel Heating & Cooling, a leading HVAC provider in Atlanta, Georgia, into the Horizon Services family. These additions have helped Horizon expand into new areas, while increasing efficiencies and reducing costs. The company is currently looking to hire additional HVAC professionals to service its rapidly growing customer base.

Other initiatives we are teaming up with management to accomplish include efforts to improve business processes, and enhance the customer experience. Our resources and in-house expertise are providing Horizon with the ability to expand their growth in the coming years, creating a win/win situation for both Horizon’s leadership and customers, and our team at Sun Capital.

Marc J. Leder, the Co-Chief Executive of Sun Capital Partners, Inc., has been engaged in leveraged buyouts, investment banking, and business operations for nearly three decades. To learn more about Marc and his storied career, click here.

Growing Brands Together

A component of being successful in private equity is developing familiarity with specific industries and business verticals. Each industry segment has its own particular customer needs, vendors, and supplier dynamics which can be learned.

At Sun Capital Partners, we are no stranger to acquisitions, and successful exits, of mattress and bedding companies. In 2007, we successfully exited Mattress Firm Holding Corp. to another well-known private equity firm.

Drawing upon our success with Mattress Firm Holding Corp. and expanding our portfolio in this sector, we acquired Sleep Innovations Inc. in 2012, followed by Dreams – a UK-based bed and mattress specialist – in 2013. We grew the Sleep Innovations business significantly through a strategic merger with Flexible Foam Products Inc. in 2014. After the merger, the company re-emerged as Innocor Inc.

Since the initial investment, we took Innocor to a category leader through operational improvements that enabled the company to capitalize on the growing demand for foam mattresses and furniture on a national scale.

Our team gave attention to the operations aspects of the business such as reducing manufacturing waste, updating the resource planning system and maximizing efficiencies of the existing manufacturing system. This empowered Innocor’s management team to focus on the areas in which they excelled – innovation and marketing to commercial audiences.

At the end of last year, we successfully sold the business. We were extremely pleased that our thesis behind the creation of Innocor meant the company realized strong growth and assumed a marketleading position across the bedding value chain.

I truly believe performance improvement is driven by partnering with strong management teams who can benefit from the expertise of our dedicated operations professionals. The Innocor story is a great illustration of how the application of Sun Capital Partners’ operational expertise can enhance the strengths of a company to build even stronger and more meaningful brands.

Marc J. Leder is the Co-Chief Executive of Sun Capital Partners, Inc., a firm focused on turning companies’ untapped potential by leveraging deep operational and financial resources to transformative results. For more on Marc and his company, click here.