GPB Capital Grows Waste Management Market Share with Two NYC Acquisitions

July 27, 2017

Private Equity Firm Will Generate Synergies for Waste Management Portfolio by Integrating Joe Morea & Sons Private Sanitation and Staten Island Carting into Five Star Carting

New York – July 27, 2017 – GPB Capital has acquired stakes in Joe Morea & Sons Private Sanitation, Inc. and Staten Island Carting, Inc., two waste management companies serving New York City communities. The firms will be merged into Five Star Carting, Inc., a GPB Capital portfolio company, a move which is likely to facilitate significant synergies for GPB Capital’s waste management portfolio.

“The acquisitions of these established, income-producing companies serve as a vital next step toward our goal to strengthen our presence in the New York City waste management sector and become a larger acquirer in this space,” said David Gentile, Founder and CEO of GPB Capital. “We are eager to partner with the proven management teams at Joe Morea & Sons and Staten Island Carting to continue to enhance the waste management services we can provide to communities in New York City and beyond.”

Joe Morea & Sons, founded in 1982, provides municipal solid waste and cardboard hauling services to residents of Brooklyn, N.Y., and surrounding areas. The company is expected to generate savings for Five Star Carting via the consolidation of workers’ compensation insurance and fleet insurance, as well as route synergies throughout much of Brooklyn. Joe Morea & Sons will also likely divert nearly 1,000 tons of municipal solid waste per month to Citygreen Organics, another GPB Capital portfolio company. Terms of the acquisition of Joe Morea & Sons, which closed on June 13, 2017, were not disclosed.

Staten Island Carting is a hauling company which currently operates five trucks that process approximately 815 tons of municipal solid waste and 165 tons of recycling per month in Staten Island, N.Y. An investment from GPB Capital will enable Staten Island Carting to transition to front-end loading trucks, which will reduce operational costs and the number of workers required per truck. This vehicle upgrade, along with route consolidation and savings on workers’ compensation insurance and fleet insurance, is expected to cut costs and increase cash flow over the long term. The acquisition was finalized on June 20, 2017, and terms were not disclosed.

“We are always looking for opportunities to grow our waste management market share in New York and other states by purchasing majority ownership in companies that meet our stringent acquisition requirements, and can partner with us to achieve further growth and profitability,” said Richard Serio, Managing Partner with GPB Capital. “The synergies we expect these tuck-in acquisitions to generate are important for helping us expand the resources available to support the employees, customers, and neighborhoods served by our waste management portfolio.”

GPB Capital focuses on buying mature, income-producing companies in necessity-based sectors, including waste management, through straightforward M&A deals and special situations. The firm acquired Five Star Carting earlier this year.

About GPB Capital Holdings, LLC

GPB Capital is a New York-based asset management firm which focuses on income-producing private equity. GPB Capital provides their portfolio company operators with the strategic planning, managerial insight and capital needed to enable strong businesses to achieve the next level of growth and profitability. GPB Capital has over $1.2 billion in assets under management[i] and has acquired or invested in more than 100 portfolio companies. For more information, please visit www.gpb-cap.com.

About Five Star Carting, Inc.

Five Star Carting, a GPB Capital affiliate, is one of New York City’s fastest-growing and preeminent waste management companies. A market leader in collection, recycling and transfer, Five Star Carting has expanded operations and services in its core market through strategic acquisitions of complementary waste management companies. In 2017, GPB Capital acquired a majority interest in Five Star Carting, allowing the company to invest in specific synergies that create accretive value, while retaining its founding leadership and local expertise. For more information, please visit www.fivestarcarting.com.

[i] Which is different and distinct from GPB Capital’s “Regulatory AUM.”


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