Shields Bag & Printing

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Situation:

Founded in 1935 and based in Yakima, WA, Shields Bag & Printing Co. (“Shields”) is a top 25, independent, custom blown film extruder, printer and converter. Family owned for four generations, Shields is  one of the largest privately held film and flexible packaging companies in the United States.

Leveraging exceptional financial performance and a strong management team, Shields’ shareholders sought a partner with additional resources, institutional knowledge and relationships to execute on the company’s strategic plan to accelerate growth. The shareholders believed a strategic partner with deep flexible packaging experience would be the best steward for the company, while simultaneously enabling the shareholders to realize a liquidity event at maximum market value.

Solution:

We prepared the company for a sale process and contacted a highly focused universe of strategic buyers, as well as a select group of financial sponsors with deep flexible packaging experience. As a result of our careful selection of potential suitors, numerous buyers aggressively pursued the transaction, with Novolex emerging as the prevailing party.

Ultimately, the shareholders realized a liquidity event at a very attractive valuation, while ensuring the preservation of Shields’ legacy, employees and community.

Dylan Bell joined the Hexagon Capital Alliance team as an Analyst in 2019.

Mr. Bell earned bachelor’s degrees in Accounting and Business Administration from the Argyros School of Business and Economics at Chapman University.

Brandon Clewett is a Managing Director with Hexagon Capital Alliance. He has 17+ years of capital markets experience and has been involved in 100+ merger & acquisition transactions, recapitalizations, and debt and equity capital raises for middle-market clients.

Mr. Clewett’s sector experience includes E-commerce, Consumer Branded Products, Infrastructure and Specialty Manufacturing.  Prior to Hexagon Capital Alliance, he was a Managing Director with Moss Adams Capital, and a Director with KPMG in their corporate finance group.  Before joining KPMG, he was a Vice President at McGladrey LLP in their investment banking division.

Mr. Clewett earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley and lives in Orange County, CA with his wife and three sons.

Andrew Suen is a Managing Director with Hexagon Capital Alliance. He has 13+ years of experience advising and executing middle-market mergers and acquisitions transactions, including more than 75 sell-side, buy-side and strategic advisory assignments.

Mr. Suen serves as head of the firm’s Diversified Industrials practice. His sector experience includes Converted Packaging Materials; Industrial Technology; Supply Chain Management & Distribution; Automotive Aftermarket; and Business & Professional Services. Prior to Hexagon Capital Alliance, Mr. Suen served in similar capacities advising middle-market companies and business owners with Moss Adams Capital LLC; Mesirow Financial, Inc.; and Brown Gibbons Lang & Co.

Mr. Suen earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and international business from Indiana University Bloomington and lives in Orange County, CA with his wife, daughter, and two sons.

Bradley Erhart is a Vice President with Hexagon Capital Alliance. He has 10+ years of capital markets experience and has been involved in numerous merger & acquisition transactions, recapitalizations, and debt and equity capital raises for middle-market clients.

Mr. Erhart’s sector experience includes Specialty Manufacturing; Supply Chain Management & Distribution; Direct-to-Consumer; and Consumer Products. Prior to this position, he was a Vice President with Moss Adams Capital LLC. He served in similar capacities advising middle-market companies and business owners with Strategic Equity Group, a boutique investment banking and valuation advisory firm. Mr. Erhart began his career as an Analyst at Murray Devine, a valuation advisory firm in Philadelphia.

Mr. Erhart earned bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh. He currently resides in Orange County, CA with his wife and dog.