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February 04, 2014

Prophet Equity Announced as Winner of The 8th Annual M&A Advisor Turnaround Awards

February 4, 2014

The M&A Advisor announced the winners of the 8th Annual M&A Advisor Turnaround Awards on Wednesday, January 22nd. Prophet Equity’s acquisition of Hatch Stamping Company was named a winner for the Industrial Manufacturing/Distribution Deal of the Year. The awards will be presented at the Awards Gala on Tuesday, March 11th at The Colony Hotel, Palm Beach, FL.

“Since 2002, we have been honoring the leading turnaround transac¬tions, companies and dealmakers. Prophet Equity was chosen from over 500 participating companies to receive the award. It gives us great pleasure to recognize Prophet Equity and Hatch Stamping and bestow upon them our highest honor for distressed investing and reorganization firms and professionals,” said David Fergusson, President, The M&A Advisor. “Prophet Equity represents the best of the distressed investing and reorganization industry in 2013 and earned these honors by standing out in a group of very impressive candidates.”

“Winning the Deal of the Year by The M&A Advisor is a great honor,” said Ross Gatlin, Prophet Equity’s CEO & Managing Partner. “As a Tier II auto supplier, we believed Hatch Stamping Company had unique strategic strength and very significant Prophet Full Potential Value™ potential. This award affirms our unique deal screening process, ability to structure win-wins with founders and the benefits to all stakeholders of our hands on, Holistic Value Creation™ implementation approach for all of our investment partners.”

“This award is a testament to the collaborative approach between Prophet Equity, Hatch’s highly capable management team and our transaction partners, which included Ron Hatch, the founder and continuing significant shareholder in Hatch,” said Brian Hegi, Senior Principal of Prophet Equity.

On Tuesday, March 11th, The M&A Advisor will present the 2014 awards at a black tie Awards Gala at The Colony Hotel in Palm Beach, FL, in conjunction with the 2014 M&A Advisor Distressed Investing Summit that will feature 175 of the industry’s leading professionals participating in exclusive interactive forums led by a faculty of restructuring industry stalwarts and Bloomberg media experts. For an event profile CLICK HERE.

For a complete list of the winners CLICK HERE.


Prophet Equity LP is a private equity firm that uses proven, data-driven analytical techniques coupled with over 100 years of investment and management experience to invest in, unlock and realize future value today. Partnering with owners and management teams, Prophet Equity’s team utilizes a toolkit that is Fortune 500 tested and private equity proven to diagnose and drive dramatic value creation. Portfolio company management teams are highly motivated with clear, uncapped incentives based on realized business performance.

Over the last fifteen years, Prophet Equity’s Principals have invested and managed over $2B of value creation across entities with over $4 billion in revenue. Our control equity investments focus on strategically strong, lower and middle market businesses with significant value creation potential. These are typically found in partnerships, corporate carve-outs, divestitures and non-strategic business units of larger companies. Representative business situations include special situations, succession planning, recapitalizations, reorganizations, turnarounds, acquisitions, mergers and bankruptcies. For more information, please visit or call us at +1.817.898.1500.


Headquartered in Chelsea, Michigan, Hatch is a leading manufacturer of complex metal stampings and assemblies to the automotive industry. The company supplies the world’s leading manufacturers of fuel, braking, roofing, and interior automotive systems with complex safety critical metal components and mechanisms through its six manufacturing centers of excellence, including a state of the art facility in Queretaro, Mexico. Hatch provides a broad spectrum of value-added capabilities, including robotic welding and subcomponent assembly, e-coating, in-line vision inspection and error detection, prototype design and construction, and full tool and die-build and repair. Combining the most advanced and efficient automation, production, and secondary operation equipment with in-house engineering resources, Hatch has established itself as a trusted manufacturing partner to a marquee and global customer base of Tier 1 automotive suppliers.


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