Monroe Credit Advisors Places $11,250,000 Unitranche Loan

Proceeds Refinance Debt for Private Equity Sponsor Portfolio Company

Chicago, IL August 26, 2011 – Monroe Credit Advisors today announced the closing of an $11.25 million unitranche loan facility by a New York based private debt fund.  Proceeds of the loan refinanced maturing debt and provide ongoing working capital for the firm’s private equity client and its portfolio company.

Mark Gertzof, Managing Partner and a co-founder of Monroe Credit Advisors, said, “The unitranche structure is a nice fit for the company and will better position it to meet the sponsor’s growth and value expectations.”

The private equity sponsor’s portfolio company is a leading producer of component parts for conveyor systems.  The company’s chief executive officer said the financing will give the company ample working capital to grow the business.  "Operating in full cooperation with our financial sponsor, Monroe Credit Advisors worked exclusively with us to secure debt financing to refinance a maturing credit facility.  Their process was extremely efficient and provided us with multiple financing options,” he said.  “Monroe’s efforts ultimately allowed us to select the most competitive terms and form a partnership with a new lender that now clearly understands the key attributes of our business."

Monroe Credit Advisors is executing more engagements with private equity sponsors, particularly with their existing portfolio companies that require refinancing. Christopher Gentry, a managing director and co-founder of the advisory firm said, “Being former lenders and specializing in raising debt capital makes us extremely efficient and adept at finding the best terms the market can offer in a difficult financing environment. Engaging us to focus on the debt raise allows the sponsor to focus more on new investments, returning capital to their limited partners and raising the next fund.”

Approximately half of Monroe Credit Advisors’ client engagements have been with private equity sponsors.  The firm is also focusing on working with sponsors on new acquisitions.  “Utilizing the sponsor’s due diligence vastly cuts down on the time preparing the deal for potential lenders, which allows us to offer more competitive fees. We also think our credit focused process and deep lender relationships deliver the best deal in the market, which optimizes economics and terms that more than offset our fees,” Gentry added.

About Monroe Credit Advisors LLC
Monroe Credit Advisors, the investment banking affiliate of middle market lender, Monroe Capital, provides debt capital solutions to middle market companies and their investors through strategies built for today's dynamic credit markets. The firm advises on structuring and arranging credit through its relationships with a broad spectrum of debt providers including banks, commercial finance companies, debt investment funds and leasing companies. The firm’s experienced team of leveraged finance professionals approaches the market with a lender's perspective, delivering to its clients real time market intelligence and structuring expertise that results in significant savings of time and money, as well as increased certainty of execution. To learn more about Monroe Credit Advisors, visit