KRG Capital Partners

October 03, 2005 15:16 ET

KRG Capital Partners Completes Recapitalization of The Focus Corporation; 1st Platform for KRG's $715M Fund III

DENVER--(CCNMatthews - Oct 3, 2005) -

KRG Capital Partners (KRG), a Denver-based private equity firm, is pleased to announce the recapitalization of The Focus Corporation (Focus), a multi-disciplinary consulting firm specializing in engineering, geomatics, planning, and project management services to clients primarily in the oil & gas, infrastructure and land development sectors. Focus will serve as KRG's 1st platform for its $715M Fund III.

"Focus is a fast-growing, entrepreneurial-based business," said Charlie Gwirtsman, Co-Founder and Managing Director of KRG Capital Partners. "It is evident that Focus has a lot of concern for customers, employees, and the community. Since we prefer to partner with companies that have similar values to ours, we believe Focus is a good fit for KRG. We see strong growth opportunities in Western Canada in the energy and infrastructure industries and believe that Focus is well positioned within these market segments."

"This partnership will create excellent opportunities for our employees, shareholders and clients," says John Holmlund, CEO of Focus. "KRG has a proven track record in equity investments and possesses a wealth of business and financial expertise that will enable us to pursue new growth opportunities. The partnership will help us reach our future goals and enhance our ability to deliver outstanding engineering, geomatics and related services to our clients throughout Western Canada and beyond."

Focus will continue to operate under its current brand and the head office will remain in Edmonton, Alberta, with support from 13 branch offices throughout Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan. "As in the past, our main focus continues to be on providing the highest quality of service to clients around the world," adds Holmlund. "With this new partnership, we will also be actively considering our strategy for growth and investigating new opportunities."

Bow River Capital Partners was a co-investor in the deal. Harris Bank/Bank of Montreal, CIBC, and Freeport Financial provided the debt. Stikeman Elliot and Kirkland Ellis served as the legal advisors to KRG, and Fraser Milner served as legal advisor to Focus.

About KRG

Founded in 1996, KRG is a Denver-based private equity firm that currently has approximately $1.5 billion in assets under management. KRG specializes in acquiring and recapitalizing unique and profitable middle-market companies. The firm seeks investment opportunities for its partners where KRG can work in concert with owners and operating managers who are committed to expanding their companies and becoming industry leaders. The result is a partnership that focuses on creating a significantly larger enterprise through a combination of internal growth and complementary add-on acquisitions. Since inception, KRG has invested in 22 platform companies and has completed 60 add-on acquisitions for those platforms. More information on KRG is available online at www.krgcapital.com

About Focus

Focus Corporation is a multi-disciplinary consulting firm providing a range of engineering, geomatics, planning and project management services to clients involved in oil and gas, oil sands, infrastructure, land development and environmental projects. Clients rely on Focus to deliver world-class technical solutions that optimize their investments, improve their competitive position and increase their long-term success. Focus employs over 600 staff in offices throughout Canada and project offices in selected areas of the world.

Contact Information

  • KRG Capital Partners, Denver
    Charlie Gwirtsman, 303-390-5001
    Managing Director
    303-390-5015 (FAX)
    or
    David Kessenich, 303-390-5001
    Director
    303-390-5015 (FAX)
    or
    John Eakes, 303-390-5001
    Senior Associate
    303-390-5015 (FAX)