Label Printer

Company Overview


Label Printer - stock and custom labels distributed through a network of dealers and brokers and also selling direct to large retailers and national office supply distributors.

Engagement Overview
•  Prior to Fort Dearborn's involvement, the Company experienced margin erosion due to pricing pressure brought on by industry wide volume declines and commodity cost increases. The datalabel printer retained Fort Dearborn to help develop an operating plan, identify and implement profit improvement initiatives, and secure new financing.
•  With Fort Dearborn's assistance, the Company returned to profitability within a few months by successfully increasing prices, eliminating an unprofitable product line, hiring a new CEO and rationalizing the workforce


•  With management's successful execution of the operating plan and a credible plan to sustain and increase profitability throughout the year, Fort Dearborn and the Company secured financing in an expedited fashion. With only a few months of profitability, the Company received term sheets within 30 days and a commitment to lend within 120 days.


•  The refinancing of the Company serves as a noteworthy example of Fort Dearborn's skill in successfully raising capital in "story" situations. From the start of the engagement through closing of the refinancing, Fort Dearborn utilized its extensive operational, financial and capital markets expertise to deliver outstanding results for the Company. We believe that the new financing structure will enable the Company to continue to profitably pursue its mission.


Fort Dearborn played a vital role in securing the $8.8 million credit facility for the label printer. The new facility consists of a $5.0 million revolving line-of-credit and $3.8 million of term and mortgage debt facilities.