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November 29, 2016


Southlake, TX and Kalamazoo, MI - The M&A Advisor announced the winners of the 15th Annual M&A Advisor Awards on Wednesday, November 9th at the 2016 M&A Advisor Awards Gala to a jubilant, sold-out crowd at the New York Athletic Club, New York, NY. Prophet Equity was named the winner of the M&A Deal of the Year for transactions between $50 and $75 million for its carve-out of Total Plastics from AM Castle & Co.

"Since 2002, we have been honoring the leading M&A transactions, companies and dealmakers. Prophet Equity was chosen from over 615 participating companies to receive the award. It gives us great pleasure to recognize Prophet Equity and bestow upon them our highest honor for M&A firms and professionals," said David Fergusson, Co-CEO and President, The M&A Advisor. "Prophet Equity represents the best of the M&A industry in 2016 and earned these honors by standing out in a group of very impressive candidates."

"Being selected as the M&A Deal of the Year is a prestigious honor and a testament to the Prophet Equity team and our talented team of 3rd party advisors that allowed us to close a very complicated corporate carve-out transaction in just seven weeks," said Brian Hegi, Prophet Equity's Managing Director. "Total Plastics is a strategically unique platform investment within the highly fragmented plastics distribution and fabrication industry."

"The acquisition of Total Plastics in a very compressed timeframe was another example of industry wide recognition of Prophet Equity's unique ability to rapidly validate and purchase strategically viable platforms, in the midst of very complicated and extremely time sensitive transaction dynamics," commented Prophet Equity's CEO and Managing Partner, Ross Gatlin. "Total Plastics is now positioned perfectly to consolidate the highly fragmented value added plastics distribution industry."

The Gala is the premier celebration of the year for the industry's leading M&A Dealmakers and was held in conjunction with the 2016 M&A Advisor Summit that featured over 500 of the industry's leading M&A professionals participating in exclusive interactive forums led by over 45 M&A, media, academic, and industry stalwarts. In addition to the announcement of the 15th Annual M&A Advisor Award winners, Thomas Farrell, Executive Vice President, Generational Group was presented with the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award; and Marshall Sonenshine, Chairman, Sonenshine Partners; Professor, Harvard University Law School; and John Reiss, Global Head of White & Case's Mergers & Acquisitions Group received the 2016 Leadership Award.

To view a list of the 15th Annual M&A Advisor Award winners PLEASE CLICK HERE


Prophet Equity 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 sixteen years, Prophet Equity's Principals have invested and managed over $2.5 billion 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.

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