Private Equity Firm Sells M/G Transport Services to Maritime Partners

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NEW ORLEANS – Auxo Investment Partners, a Michigan-based lower middle market private equity firm, has announced a successful exit from its investment in M/G Transport Services (M/G) through a sale to Maritime Partners. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed, and completion of the acquisition followed HSR regulatory review.

Acquired by Auxo in 2017, M/G is a provider of marine transportation services in the Lower Mississippi River and along the West Canal to Houston. With its fleet of more than 300 dry cargo barges, M/G specializes in the movement of petroleum coke, sugar, barite and a variety of other materials and commodities.

Auxo said M/G flourished under its ownership.

“Auxo partnered with M/G’s management team to foster a renewed growth orientation,” said a company spokesperson in a press release. “Leveraging Auxo’s value creation/portfolio company operations team, M/G made strategic investments in their barge fleet, developed advanced analytics to drive better insights into fleet utilization and spot market opportunities, and secured attractive new business wins in the company’s major trade lanes. What’s more, M/G’s management team invested alongside Auxo – and achieved significant financial returns – through their investments and participation in Auxo’s incentive stock ownership program.

“[The exit] is an ideal outcome for all parties,” said Auxo Managing Partner Jeff Helminski. “Maritime Partners gets a great business with a strong management team, M/G’s management team gets a terrific new owner – an important consideration for us – and we at Auxo deliver an incredible return for our investors. The result is further evidence of our long-term, collaborative approach that enables leadership teams and reorients company focus around strategic, high-value growth.”

M/G will continue to operate under the M/G brand and as a standalone entity, and the members of the management team will continue in their current roles.

“We congratulate Maritime Partners on the closing of this acquisition. I am excited by the capabilities that Maritime Partners brings to M/G, including the ability to elevate the already high level of service and exceptional value M/G delivers to its customers. This transaction is a great result for M/G customers, employees, shareholders, Maritime Partners and Auxo” said Greg Binion, executive chairman of M/G.

RBC Capital Markets, LLC served as exclusive financial advisor to M/G. Miller Johnson LLP, Barnes & Thornburg LLP, Winston & Strawn LLP and BDO USA, LLP served as M/G’s advisors. Reed Smith LLP served as legal counsel to Maritime Partners. PNC Business Credit provided financing to Auxo throughout its ownership of M/G, and Auxo facilitated their continuation as the debt partner to M/G under Maritime Partners’ ownership.

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