Charlotte, NC, September 20, 2022 – Churchill Asset Management (“Churchill”) announced a direct debt investment in support of Gryphon Investors (“Gryphon”) in their recapitalization of Heartland Veterinary Partners (“Heartland” or the “Company”). Heartland is one of the highest quality and fastest growing veterinary support organizations in the United States, with practices located across a wide swath of the country. Heartland’s mission is to improve the lives of veterinarians and those that support them, which they accomplish through their values-focused approach to veterinary practice acquisitions and partnerships with independent practicing veterinarians. For more information, please visit www.heartlandvetpartners.com.
“Heartland is a strategic platform investment for Gryphon, as the Company continues executing accretive acquisitions and is a Top 10 national player with significant scale and density in multiple attractive geographies,” said Michael Chiulli, a Principal on Churchill’s Private Equity & Junior Capital team. “We are excited to partner with the Gryphon team as they have implemented multiple value creation opportunities for Heartland.”
About Churchill Asset Management LLC
Churchill, an investment-specialist affiliate of Nuveen (the asset manager of TIAA), provides customized financing solutions to middle market private equity firms and their portfolio companies across the capital structure. With $41 billion of committed capital, Churchill provides first lien, unitranche, second lien and mezzanine debt, in addition to equity co-investments and private equity fund commitments. Churchill has a long history of disciplined investing across multiple economic cycles and our unique origination strategy, best in class execution and investment are driven by more than 140 professionals in New York, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles. More information can be found at www.churchillam.com.
About Gryphon Investors
Based in San Francisco, Gryphon Investors (www.gryphoninvestors.com) is a leading private equity firm focused on profitably growing and competitively enhancing middle-market companies in partnership with experienced management. As of December 31, 2021, the firm has over $9 billion of assets under management. Gryphon targets making equity investments of $50 million to $300 million in portfolio companies with enterprise values ranging from approximately $100 million to $600 million. Gryphon prioritizes investment opportunities where it can form strong partnerships with owners and executives to build leading companies, utilizing Gryphon’s capital, specialized professional resources, and operational expertise.
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