Livingstone is pleased to announce the sale of GFX International, Inc. (“GFX”) to Imagine! Print Solutions (“Imagine!”), a portfolio company of Oak Hill Capital Partners. Livingstone acted as the exclusive financial advisor to GFX. The acquisition provides additional world-class capabilities and technology solutions to Imagine in support of its long-term growth strategy.
GFX, founded in 1989 and headquartered in Grayslake, IL, is a retail design and execution firm utilizing proprietary software and custom technology to minimize retailers’ and brands’ Total Cost To Communicate with shoppers in store. GFX delivers both temporary in-store campaigns and sustainable in-store décor solutions. GFX’s unique approach and proprietary technology enable retailers to greatly simplify how they address retail chain complexities.
Imagine! Print Solutions is an industry-leading, complete visual communications provider, delivering end-to-end solutions for retailers, CPGs and various other segments. Imagine! helps brand marketers execute in-store campaigns with the highest level of quality and accuracy while maintaining a streamlined, cost-effective process.
GFX engaged Livingstone to run a sales process to identify and secure a transaction with a partner that would support the long-term growth strategy set in place by GFX’s experienced leadership team. Chuck Huttinger, Founder and CEO commented, “Livingstone was instrumental in advising our management team throughout the process. Their expert knowledge and collaborative approach allowed us to navigate the process and make key decisions that benefited both parties in the transaction.”
Partner Brennan Libbey commented, “The sale of GFX International represents another outstanding outcome for our Business Services practice. We are excited about the future of GFX and Imagine!, as together they are in an excellent position to leverage their combined capabilities to significantly grow their market share.”
Vedder Price provided legal counsel to GFX.
GFX is the 36th Business Services transaction in the last 24 months and follows on the heels of the Law Business Research transaction in which the leading global provider of legal news, data and insights was the subject of a secondary management buy-out backed by Levine Leichtman Capital Partners.