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September 20, 2022

The Stephens Group Congratulates Portfolio Company Westrock Coffee, Whose Common Stock is Now Listed on the NASDAQ

LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS – SEPTEMBER 20, 2022 – Private investment firm The Stephens Group, LLC (“The Stephens Group”) announced today that its portfolio company Westrock Coffee Company (“Westrock Coffee” or “the Company”) recently completed its business combination with Riverview Acquisition Corp. The shares and certain warrants to purchase shares of the common stock began trading […]

April 6, 2022

The Stephens Group Portfolio Investment Westrock Coffee Company, a Leading Integrated Coffee, Tea, Flavors, Extracts, and Ingredients Solutions Provider, to Become a Public Company Through Business Combination with Riverview Acquisition Corp.

Purpose-driven company that serves the world’s most iconic brands and delivers measurable global impact through sustainable sourcing, digitally traceable supply chain management, has strong financial profile and revenue growth Westrock Coffee offers a highly scalable platform and is delivering strong financial results with estimated 2022 revenue of approximately $960 million and projected adjusted EBITDA of […]

March 2, 2022

The Stephens Group Congratulates Allison O’Connor, President and CEO of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, on Her Recognition as One of the 2022 Top Women in Retail

LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS – MARCH 2, 2022 – The Stephens Group, LLC (“The Stephens Group”), the private investment firm backed by the Witt Stephens and Elizabeth Campbell families, is pleased to congratulate Allison O’Connor, President and CEO of portfolio company Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, on being named one of the 2022 Top Women in Retail. […]

November 9, 2020

Legal Technology Leader DISCO, a Portfolio Company of The Stephens Group, Raises $60 Million

Company valuation of $785 million demonstrates investor confidence in legaltech as a category of enterprise cloud computing‍ AUSTIN, TEXAS – OCTOBER 15, 2020 — Legal technology leader DISCO today announced a $60 million equity financing, valuing the company at $785 million. Georgian Partners led the financing. Existing investors Bessemer Venture Partners, LiveOak Venture Partners, and […]

October 26, 2020

Sustainable Growth: Revolution, a Portfolio Company of The Stephens Group, Completes Acquisition of Polar Plastics

Plastic Recycler and Manufacturer Expands Commercial Products Division with Purchase of Minnesota-based Company LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS – OCTOBER  23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Revolution, a leading manufacturer of sustainable plastic solutions, today announced that it has acquired Polar Plastics Corporation (“Polar Plastics”) from Spell Capital Partners in order to expand its production footprint and further penetrate […]

September 16, 2020

DISCO, a Portfolio Company of The Stephens Group, is Named to the 2020 Forbes Cloud 100

As the Only Ediscovery Company Recognized, DISCO Continues to Stand Apart from Competition with Innovative Cloud-Native Solutions‍ AUSTIN, TEXAS – SEPTEMBER 16, 2020 — Legal technology leader DISCO has been named to the Forbes 2020 Cloud 100, the definitive ranking of the top 100 private cloud companies in the world, published by Forbes in partnership with Bessemer Venture Partners and Salesforce Ventures. […]

September 17, 2019

The Stephens Group Invests in Plastic’s Sustainable Future with Stake in Revolution

LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS – SEPTEMBER 17, 2019. The Stephens Group, LLC (“The Stephens Group”) has acquired a significant minority interest in Revolution Plastics (“Revolution” or “the Company”), the leading provider of sustainable, closed-loop plastic products serving a wide variety of agricultural, consumer, and industrial markets. The investment was made in support of Arsenal Capital Partners’ […]

June 5, 2019

The Stephens Group Provides Mid-Year Recap of Investment Initiatives; Announces Launch of New Website

Firm Completes Two Exits, One New Investment and One Additional Funding Round New Website Incorporates Updated Brand Positioning to Reflect Investment Legacy and Go-forward Strategy LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS – JUNE 5, 2019 – The Stephens Group, LLC (“Stephens Group”), a private, family-owned investment firm, today provided an overview of the various business activities undertaken by […]

February 20, 2019

Kodiak Gas Services, LLC, a portfolio company of The Stephens Group, LLC, acquired by EQT

The Stephens Group, LLC (“The Stephens Group”) announced that it has recently sold its interests in Kodiak Gas Services, LLC (“Kodiak”) to EQT Infrastructure III fund (“EQT” or “EQT Infrastructure”). Founded in 2011, Kodiak is the largest privately owned and 3rd largest contract compression company in the U.S. providing necessary compression equipment for the extraction […]

January 24, 2019

DISCO Raises $83 Million, Bringing Total Investment to $135 Million

The Stephens Group, LLC (“The Stephens Group”) announced that its existing investment platform DISCO has recently raised additional capital to support its growth. Legal technology company DISCO announced on January 24, 2019 an $83 million investment led by Georgian Partners, a Toronto-based venture-capital firm with deep expertise in applied artificial intelligence. Existing investors Bessemer Venture […]

June 5, 2018

CoreLink Acquires Expanding Orthopedics, Inc.

CoreLink, LLC (“CoreLink”), a portfolio company of The Stephens Group, LLC (“The Stephens Group”), has acquired the assets of Expanding Orthopedics, Inc. (“Expanding Orthopedics”). Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Expanding Orthopedics, founded in 2001, develops and commercializes innovative expandable devices for minimally invasive spine surgery. Along with the FDA-cleared expanding and articulating FLXfit™ […]

March 28, 2018

Renasant Corporation and Brand Group Holdings, Inc. Announce Definitive Merger Agreement

Renasant Corporation (the “Company” or “Renasant”) (NASDAQ: RNST) and Brand Group Holdings, Inc. (“Brand”) jointly announced today the signing of a definitive merger agreement pursuant to which Brand will merge with and into Renasant in a transaction currently valued at approximately $452.9 million. The proposed merger has been approved unanimously by each company’s Board of […]

March 1, 2017

Nationwide Completes Acquisition of Jefferson National

Commits to preserving and supporting existing structure and teams.  Nationwide has completed its previously announced acquisition of Jefferson National, an industry-leading distributor of tax-advantaged investing solutions for registered investment advisors (RIAs), fee-based advisors and the clients they serve. Jefferson National is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nationwide. The transaction increases each organization’s ability to serve […]

August 31, 2015

FireHost Is Now Armor, the Leader in Active Cyber Defense Focused on True Outcomes for Customers

Armor delivers dwell times 100 times shorter than the 205-­day industry average.  A history of spending on security tools, followed by subsequent breaches, has proven that traditional cybersecurity approaches have been ineffective against disrupting and neutralizing cyberattacks. To deliver the best possible security outcomes to customers, FireHost is expanding its vision and offerings under a […]

June 10, 2014

Management, Investor Group Announce Acquisition of TierPoint

New Partnership Positions Company for Future Investments, Acquisitions.  Cequel Data Centers, LLC, the parent company of TierPoint, LLC, announced today that is has been acquired by an investor group comprised of management and experienced investors across the communications infrastructure industry. The investor group includes Chairman Jerry Kent, RedBird Capital Partners, The Stephens Group, Jordan/Zalaznick Advisers, […]

October 4, 2012

Harris Williams & Co. Advises JV Industrial Companies, Ltd. in its Sale to Strategic Buyer Zachry Holdings, Inc.

M&S Activity in the Industrial Services Sector is on the Rise. Harris Williams & Co., a preeminent middle market investment bank focused on the advisory needs of clients worldwide, announces the sale of JV Industrial Companies, Ltd. (JVIC), a turnkey industrial services company that provides turnaround, maintenance, repair and related facility requirements solutions, to Zachry […]

January 17, 2012

Jefferson National Successfully Completes Management Buyout Transaction

Financial Partners Fund, The Stephens Group and Eric Schwartz Team with Jefferson National Executives to Acquire Company and Drive Fee-Based Advisor Distribution Strategy. Substantial New Capital Accelerates Growth of Leading Provider to RIA and Fee-Based Advisors. Jefferson National Financial, a leading innovator of products and services for Registered Investment Advisors (RIAs) and fee-based advisors, announced […]

May 3, 2011

First Federal Bancshares of Arkansas, Inc. Announces Closing of $46.3 million Investment from Bear State Financial Holdings, LLC

First Federal Bancshares of Arkansas, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFBH) (the “Company”) today announced the closing of the planned $46.3 million investment in the Company by Bear State Financial Holdings, LLC (“Bear State”). In the transaction, Bear State received 15,425,262 shares of the Company’s common stock and a warrant to purchase two million additional shares of the […]

February 16, 2011

Spitzer Industries Announces Acquisition of Advanced Inspection Technologies

Spitzer Industries, Inc. (“Spitzer”) today announced the completion of its acquisition of Advanced Inspection Technologies (“AIT”), a company based in Houston. AIT specializes in performing advanced Nondestructive Testing (NDT) of welds and base materials, using phased array ultrasonic testing and computed radiography. The acquisition also furthers Spitzer’s world class fabrication capabilities with deeper welding engineering […]

December 7, 2009

Buyers Protection Group Completes Acquisition of Home Warranty and Home Inspection Companies

Management Leads Buyout of LandAmerica Subsidiaries.  Buyers Protection Group, Inc. (“BPG”), an Atlanta-based real estate services firm, has completed its acquisition of two businesses from LandAmerica Financial Group, Inc. (“LandAmerica”). The acquisition, which recently received regulatory approval, provides BPG with home warranty operations in 30 states and home inspection services in 14 states. The acquired […]

July 6, 2009

Goodman Networks secures $62MM in combined equity and debt financing from The Stephens Group & PNC

Transaction provides growth capital to one of Texas’ fastest growing telecommunications companies.  Equity funding led by The Stephens Group, a long-time growth capital and telecommunications investor.  Goodman Networks Inc. today announced that the company has secured a significant equity investment from The Stephens Group, LLC. The Stephens Group is a long-time investor in high-growth companies […]

May 27, 2009

Buyers Protection Group, Inc. to Acquire LandAmerica Home Warranty and Property Inspections Companies

Current Employees and Management Pursue Purchase.  Buyers Protection Group, Inc. (“BPG”), an Atlanta-based real estate services firm, has signed a definitive agreement to purchase two subsidiaries from LandAmerica Financial Group, Inc.(“LandAmerica”). The acquisition is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close later this summer. LandAmerica Home Warranty Company, founded in 1987, provides one-year […]

December 19, 2007

Spitzer Industries, Inc. Announces the Acquisition of Curtis Kelly, Inc. and Waterfront Facility

Spitzer Industries, Inc. (“Spitzer”) today announced the acquisition of Curtis Kelly, Inc. (“Curtis Kelly”), a Houston based company specializing in design and fabrication of process equipment from high alloys and stainless steel. Additionally, Spitzer has also acquired, through its affiliates, the former Brown & Root Deck Building on the Houston Ship Channel where a portion […]

April 19, 2007

Vestcom Announces Partnership with The Stephens Group, LLC and Lake Capital

Additional Capital and Strategic Resources Position Retail Solutions Company for Accelerated Growth.  Vestcom International Inc., the leading provider of data-driven, shelf-edge marketing solutions to major retailers and brand manufacturers in the grocery, drug, and mass merchandising industries, today announced it has reached an agreement under which The Stephens Group, LLC, a Little Rock-based private equity […]

February 13, 2007

Seminole Energy Services Receives $55 Million Capital Infusion From The Stephens Group

Tulsa-based Seminole Energy Services, LLC, announced today that The Stephens Group, LLC, a private investment firm located in Little Rock, Arkansas, has provided the company $55 million in equity capital to support its growth in the retail gas marketing and midstream businesses. Privately-held Seminole currently provides “wellhead-to-burner-tip” natural gas marketing services to end users and […]