USA Dry Van

Situation USA had grown rapidly from 2 trucks to almost 600 trucks and roughly $100M in revenue in less than 10 years without the appropriate infrastructure and controls to support a larger business. Prior to GGG’s involvement, USA had sustained significant losses due to: Significant debt burden buying new tractors and trailers it did not need Unexpected fuel spikes Competitive pressure to decrease rates with customers Highly leveraged balance sheet across many lenders Other management issues including significant non-essential spending USA had made multiple attempts to restructure existing debt payments, refinance equipment, and bring in investors to help fund the business. In difficult times during the trucking industry, the Company appeared to be holding [...]

The Cliff Communities

Situation In 2010 The Cliff Communities (“Cliffs”) obtained $64 million of financing from its members under a secured note offering.  In early 2012, Cliffs was a conglomerate including six premier residential golf and country club developments situated in upstate South Carolina and southwestern North Carolina.  Two additional communities were under development.  The master plan included 23,000 acres and over 9,000 residences. By early 2012 CCHG had been in default of the indenture governing its senior secured notes for several months and was in discussions with buyers to sell itself through a Chapter 11 plan process. Action GGG Partners took the role of Chief Restructuring Officer (“CRO”) along with supporting interim CFO functions to bring the Cliffs through the [...]

Summitt Trucking

Situation Summitt Trucking LLC (Summitt) is a privately owned and operated asset-based Transportation and Logistics Company.  Located in Clarksville, IN, they service an array of nationally-recognized shippers in both the refrigerated and dry van commodities. Prior to GGG’s involvement, Summitt was operating under chapter 11 bankruptcy and facing financial and operational distress. Action In early 2011 Summitt engaged GGG to restructure the business to enable them to emerge from Bankruptcy.   Due to GGG’s hands-on involvement, the company was able to rebuild lender confidence in financial controls and forecasting, as well as prove that there was a viable business that would be able to provide creditors with a better recovery over [...]

Signal International, Inc

Situation Signal International, Inc. and affiliated entities (Signal) is engaged in the business of offshore drilling rig overhaul, repair, upgrade, and conversion, as well as new shipbuilding construction.  Its operations are in Mobile, Alabama and Pascagoula, Mississippi.   Signal had liquidity constraints due in large part to a decline in oil and gas prices, resulting in a slowdown of drilling operations in the Gulf region.  In addition, Signal had incurred significant legal fees and expenses defending several pending litigations in New York, Texas and Louisiana. Signal filed for protection under Chapter 11 of the bankruptcy code in July 2015 in the hopes of being able to sell substantially all of the [...]

Life University

Situation Founded in 1974, Life University set the standard of excellence in contemporary health for its chiropractic undergraduate and masters degree programs; the school had obtained an all-time high enrollment and was embarking on an expansion program.  Unfortunately, Life University was then challenged with a loss of accreditation and defaulted on $35 million in secured bond debt. Action GGG was retained as Director of Refinancing to prepare and implement a budget based on declining attendance and to negotiate a forbearance agreement with the Trustee and Bondholders.  Shortly thereafter, GGG also assumed the role of Chief Financial Officer, a position that was vacated when the CFO suffered an untimely heart attack.  Integral [...]

Benton-GA, Inc

Situation Benton-GA, Inc., a utility contractor, experienced a booming business when the economy was expanding.  However, after many years of profitability, unprofitable long-term contracts with major customers resulted in severe declines in cash flow and ultimately the business overall.  The company’s position meant that it was unsustainable, and this put the operations of the utility company’s customers in jeopardy. Action Working closely with the owners of the company, GGG fulfilled roles as an advisor and CFO. This allowed GGG and Benton-GA to work through, or abandon, unprofitable contracts and ultimately reengineered the cost structure to accommodate prevailing economic conditions.  Product lines were eliminated, vendor debt was renegotiated, a forbearance agreement with the [...]