Matrix Capital Markets Group, Inc. (“Matrix”), a leading independent investment bank, announces the successful closing on the sale of Boulden, Inc.’s (“Boulden” or the “Company”) propane distribution business to Sharp Energy, Inc., a Dover, Delaware based subsidiary of Chesapeake Utilities Corporation (NYSE:CPK). Operating as Boulden Brothers Propane, the Company is one of the largest independent propane retailers in its region, serving over 5,000 residential and commercial customers throughout Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.
Founded in 1946, Boulden is a third-generation company whose operations have included a broad spectrum of businesses throughout its 73 year history, including motor oil distribution, propane distribution, heating oil distribution, septic services, HVAC sales and service, plumbing services, and electrical services. Based in Newark, Delaware, the Company is currently owned and operated by Tim Boulden, President, and Mike Boulden, Vice President. Its current operations consist of the propane business, which launched in 1968, and the HVAC, plumbing, and electrical businesses. Over the years, Boulden has built an exceptional brand and loyal customer base, known for its exemplary customer service and technical expertise. The Boulden Brothers HVAC, plumbing, and electrical businesses were not included in the transaction and will continue to be owned and operated by the family post-closing.
Messrs. Tim and Mike Boulden commented, “It was a difficult decision to sell our family-run propane business after over 50 years of operation. We wanted to make sure we found a buyer that would continue the same level of dedication to our employees, customers, and the communities we serve. Matrix’s professional guidance and support throughout the entire process proved invaluable in achieving a very successful outcome.”
Matrix provided merger and acquisition advisory services to Boulden, which included valuation advisory, marketing the business through a confidential, structured sale process, and negotiation of the transaction.
The transaction was managed by Vance Saunders, Managing Director; Spencer Cavalier, Co-Head of Matrix’s Downstream Energy & Convenience Retail Group; John Duni, Senior Associate, and John Mickelinc, Senior Analyst.
Mr. Saunders added, “The Boulden family has built one of the most successful and highly regarded propane companies in the region, and we are honored to have advised them on the divestment of such a quality asset. We enjoyed working with Mike and Tim and wish them all the best as they continue to grow their HVAC, plumbing, and electrical businesses.”
About Matrix’s Downstream Energy & Convenience Retail Group
Matrix’s Downstream Energy & Convenience Retail Group is recognized as the national leader in providing transactional advisory services to companies in the downstream energy and multi-site retail sectors including convenience retailing, petroleum marketing & distribution, propane distribution, heating oil distribution, lubricants distribution, petroleum transportation & logistics, terminals and bulk plants, car washes, food service and specialty retail. Team members are dedicated to these sectors and draw upon complementary experiences to provide advisory services to complete sophisticated merger and acquisition transactions, debt and equity capital raises, corporate restructurings, corporate valuations, and strategic planning engagements. Since its inception in 1997, this dedicated group has successfully completed over 225 engagements in these sectors with a total transaction value of more than $10 billion.
About Matrix Capital Markets Group, Inc.
Founded in 1988, Matrix Capital Markets Group, Inc. is an independent, advisory focused, privately-held investment bank headquartered in Richmond, VA, with additional offices in Baltimore, MD, Chicago, IL, and Dallas, TX. Matrix provides merger & acquisition and financial advisory services for privately-held, private-equity owned, and publicly traded companies, including company sales, recapitalizations, corporate carve outs, corporate recovery, management buyouts, capital raises of debt & equity, corporate valuations, fairness opinions and business consulting. Matrix serves clients in a wide range of industries, including downstream energy, convenience retail, industrial products, building products, consumer products and business services. For additional information or to contact our team members, please visit http://www.matrixcmg.com.