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Diamond Packaging does $34 million partner buyout

By ANDREA DECKERT - 12/31/2012 1:23:09 PM

Prime Commercial Lending LLC said Monday it organized a $34 million partner buyout for Diamond Packaging Holdings LLC.

Diamond CEO Karla Fitcher engaged the Albany-based lender to secure financing for several pieces in the capital stack, Diamond Packaging reported. A capital stack is the totality of capital invested in a project, including pure debt, hybrid debt and equity.

The structure of the buyout consisted of a $34 million capital stack, including $24 million in a senior debt facility with a revolving credit line, term debt for equipment and the partner buyout.

Additionally, the financing package included a capital raise of equity, mezzanine finance and junior debt, which allowed for a leveraged buyout of a 50 percent partner without an equity injection from the purchasing partner. The company is not disclosing the names of the partners.

Prime was able to achieve the leveraged buyout with 24 percent equity participation from the lender, allowing the buying partner to retain significant majority interest in the company.

Diamond Packaging ranked 26th on the most recent Rochester Business Journal list of manufacturers with 230 workers.

“We are delighted that once again our services and expertise overcame the complicated issues this transaction presented,” said Kris Roglieri, president and CEO of Prime Commercial Lending, in a statement.

Prime Commercial Lending provides capital directly and indirectly for commercial real estate finance as well as to small, midsize and large businesses.

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