Clearwater, Florida, May 15, 2005
SJ Partners, LLC (“SJP”) is pleased to announce that Audio Messaging Solutions, LLC (“AMS,” or “the Company”) has received a $1,700,000 commitment from subordinated debt fund Salem Capital Partners, L.P. (“Salem Capital”) to fund acquisitions. SJP has also taken an equity position in AMS. SJP initiated the transaction, assisted in the negotiations, and served as AMS’ exclusive financial advisor.
AMS is a premier provider of messaging on hold services. The Company writes, records, and delivers telephone on hold messaging. AMS has a diversified base of over 8,000 accounts with many major national clients such as Merrill Lynch, The United States Post Office, Coldwell Banker, and Goodyear Tire. AMS also distributes messaging on hold equipment.
“We are pleased to have partnered with Salem whose funding will help finance the acquisitions we intend to make which will further fuel our growth and profitability,” stated AMS CEO Aaron Kleinhandler. “After working together for over two years, we are similarly excited to welcome SJ Partners as an equity partner,” added Kleinhandler.
“We were attracted to AMS’ compelling business model, solid recurring revenue base, strong and dedicated management team, and long term potential. We look forward to working together with AMS as their partner to finance acquisitions,” said Spalding White of Salem Capital.
Salem Capital Partners, L.P. seeks long-term capital appreciation by providing subordinated debt to privately held companies located in the Southeastern United States that meet certain investment criteria. Headquartered in North Carolina, Salem Capital was established in 1999. The firm was licensed in May of 2000 by the U.S Small Business Administration as a Small Business Investment Company (“SBIC”), enabling Salem Capital to join the select group of investment funds with access to leveraged capital made available by the SBIC Program.
About SJ Partners, LLC
SJ Partners (SJP) acquires and advises middle market businesses. SJ Partners invests in consumer and services companies with $1-5 million in cash flow. Industries of particular interest include food distribution and consumer products. SJP also provides select investment banking services. SJP’s resources provide a deep base of operating and research knowledge. SJP’s founder and CEO Scott Johnson was trained as an equity analyst and was a member of a #2 rated Institutional Investor rated team at Merrill Lynch. The firm also benefits from its affiliated relationship with the NPD Group, one of the nation’s largest private consumer market research companies. Lastly, SJP works with a set of operating partners who each have over 20 years of experience in the distribution, consumer and services industries.
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