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Mountain Valley Spring Finally Finds Buyer: Great Range PE Firm; CEO Speed Has Stake Long-running search for exit by Mountain Valley Water Co’s aging controlling shareholder, Johnelle Hunt, finally has reached conclusion: KC-based private-equity firm Great Range Capital is leading investor team that includes Mountain Valley ceo Breck Speed in acquisition of Ark co. Deal puts briskly growing marketer of domestic premium water that’s believed to have blown well past $30 mil in sales last year into hands of PE shop that serves as family office for Brandmeyer fortune accumulated in medical devices arena. Mountain Valley cfo Bradley Frieberg also is participating in buyout, as are some other mgrs to lesser degree, while some existing shareholders have opted to roll over stakes into new entity, Breck told BBI today. As reported, co had considered taking IPO route to refinancing, but Speed said that process drew private offers, culminating in this transaction.
Mountain Valley has been rare domestic bottled water co that’s been able to stake out premium niche in US market, and it’s been riding wave of success in natural channel while steadily building its footprint in general market. Among other legs of co, Mountain Valley has built strong copacking biz on heels of work performed for exploding Sparkling Ice brand from Talking Rain, and lately it’s been trying to steer brand called Clear Mountain that was developed in 93 as 5-gal play into more broadly available grocery brand that offers alternative to brands like Smartwater, recently landing Kalil operation in Ariz as a DSD distributor. But Breck said deal won’t much change co’s deliberate approach in building its core brand organically. Controlling shareholder, Hunt, from family of JB Hunt trucking concern, has been systematically liquidating her holdings as she’s progressed thru her 80s. Great Range Capital, whose other investments include industrial cos Fairbank Equipment and LLL Transport, says it primarily targets controlling equity investments in Midwestern cos with revenues in $10 mil to $150 mil range.
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