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Benchmark International Wins Private Equity Deal Of The Year For The Americas For Sale Of KGM To Compass Group Equity Partners

Posted on January 27, 2023 By

Benchmark International was recognized by the Global M&A Network for its role in arranging and brokering the sale of KGM, an Oklahoma-based natural gas infrastructure distributor, to St. Louis-based private equity firm Compass Group Equity Partners. The coveted "Private Equity Deal of the Year for the Americas" was awarded at this month's 14th Annual M&A Americas Atlas Awards at Manhattan's Metropolitan Club.  

Managing Director, Clinton Johnston, received the award on behalf of Benchmark International, stating, "It's clear that this transaction was a win all around, and that can only come from finding the right buyer in terms of deal structure, strategic objectives, and personal fit and then introducing that buyer to the perfect client. It's always a very satisfying feeling to put a seller client into the position of choosing their purchaser or new partner based on the fit element because you've brought them multiple equally competitive offers from suitors with strong value propositions." 

The sellers, Tim and Nancy Wood, were in attendance and shared the spotlight and the audience's adoration not only for the success they had achieved since founding KGM but also for the generosity they had shown at the closing table to so many of their constituents who made that success possible and the example that set for others in the room.

Given private equity's driving force in the world of mergers and acquisitions, the "Private Equity Deal of the Year" trophy is perhaps the most sought-after award among sell-side brokers. "Private equity firms are known to throw their weight around on these deals, and winning an award like this reinforces the fact that our team can give as good as it gets," commented Benchmark International's Director, Michael MacInnes, who worked on the deal from start to finish. 

Winning the independently governed Atlas awards equates to achieving the "Gold Standard of Performance" in the business, validating the firm and team leadership, as winners are selected based on deal criteria, experience, and expertise. The Global M&A Network is a diversified media company and the executive publisher of the popular "Top Dealmakers" lists.

KGM (legally, Wilnat, Inc.) is an Oklahoma-based distributor and servicer of meters, regulators, valves, and other critical measuring and flow-control equipment primarily serving utilities and municipalities. This transaction contributed to Benchmark International's nearly 200 deals closed during the year.

Compass Group Equity Partners is a St. Louis-based private equity firm dedicated to the success of lower middle-market companies, bringing to management a mix of capital, hands-on support, and value-add expertise to accelerate growth, exceed historical performance and add value to a business. "They have been an outstanding partner to Nancy and me since the deal closed. We are so lucky," stated Tim Wood. 

Read more about the deal transaction here >>

Pictured Below: One of Benchmark International's Deal Transaction Teams with KGM's Owners, Tim and Nancy Wood. 



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Benchmark International is a global M&A firm that provides business owners with creative, value-maximizing solutions for growing and exiting their businesses. Benchmark International has handled over $8.25 billion in transaction value across various industries from offices across the world. With decades of M&A experience, Benchmark International’s transaction teams have assisted business owners with achieving their objectives and ensuring the continued growth of their businesses. The firm has also been named the Investment Banking Firm of the Year by The M&A Advisor and the #1 Sell-side, Privately Owned M&A Advisor in the World by Pitchbook’s Global League Tables.


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