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Suntex announces recapitalization led by Centerbridge and Resilient Capital Partners

by Suntex Marinas 25 Mar 07:42 PDT
Suntex announces recapitalization led by Centerbridge and Resilient Capital Partners © Suntex

Suntex Marinas Investors LLC ("Suntex" or the "Company"), a leading owner and operator of marina properties, announced today a recapitalization of the Company led by funds affiliated with Centerbridge Partners, L.P. ("Centerbridge"), and funds affiliated with Resilient Capital Partners, LLC ("RCP"), alongside key management members.

Suntex, the largest standalone, pure-play owner of marinas in the United States, owns and operates 31 market-leading marinas which provide boat docking and storage, as well as related services, across 11 states, with over two-thirds of earnings attributable to high-growth coastal markets.

The recapitalization retains the Company's REIT structure and will provide the necessary capital to enable the Suntex team to accelerate its growth and sustain its position as the leading acquirer of high-quality marina properties around the country. The Company's highly experienced management team, paired with its business model of offering best-in-class hospitality to allow its guests to enjoy everything the water has to offer, sustained Suntex's continued growth in 2020 despite the challenges presented by COVID-19.

"Centerbridge is excited to be partnering with RCP and Suntex's highly experienced management team. The marina industry sits at the intersection of two of our high conviction themes-Leisure & Experience and Storage-and we're confident that this investment has the right mix of talent and capital to allow the Company to capitalize on a significant opportunity set," said William Rahm, Senior Managing Director and Global Head of Real Estate at Centerbridge. Matt Dabrowski, Managing Director at Centerbridge, added, "We look forward to helping accelerate the next stage of Suntex's growth, in an industry with compelling supply and demand fundamentals, where the Company is strategically positioned in the fastest growing markets."

"While we have experienced tremendous success over the years, we are continually planning for the future and have developed an aggressive growth strategy," said John D. "Johnny" Powers, Jr., Founder and CEO of Suntex Marinas. "This investment allows us to build upon our existing portfolio and continue to focus on acquiring the highest quality marina properties around the globe."

"At Suntex we are committed to providing our guests with unparalleled service and our entire team is passionate about creating the best possible marina experience. This transaction provides key capital to allow us to invest in our team and our facilities to make this commitment a reality," said Bryan Redmond, Founder and President of Suntex Marinas. "The Suntex team is excited to partner with Centerbridge, who is aligned with both the execution of our growth plan and the core values of our business and company culture."

Suntex was initially formed in 2015 by Johnny Powers, Bryan Redmond, Ron Rhoades and Scott McMullin, with anchor investments from funds affiliated with Wafra Inc. and Centaurus Capital LP.

Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Suntex on the transaction. Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP acted as legal counsel to the selling shareholders. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP acted as legal counsel to Suntex. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP acted as legal counsel to Centerbridge. Winston & Strawn LLP acted as legal counsel to RCP. Bank of America, N.A.; BMO Harris Bank, N.A.; BBVA USA; First United Bank & Trust Company; Synovus Bank; Veritex Community Bank; Goldman Sachs Bank USA; Iberia Bank; Raymond James; Gateway First Bank and Morgan Stanley Senior Funding, Inc. are providing financing for the transaction.

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