RH Rosen Associates, Inc. advises Franklin Communications and Dynacolor Graphics on merger

As long-time advisors to both Dynacolor Graphics and Franklin Communications, we assisted in completing this transaction – combining Florida’s most highly-awarded color printer and one of the nation’s leading marketers of specialty printed products.

Franklin Communications Announces
Merger with Dynacolor Graphics

June 12, 2009 MIAMI, FLORIDA — Peter Dunne, President of Franklin Communications, LLC, and Donald Duncanson, President of Dynacolor Graphics, Inc., both in Miami, Florida jointly announced that Dynacolor’s business operations have been merged with Franklin effective June 1, 2009.  Dynacolor Graphics will operate as a division of Franklin with Don Duncanson serving as President of the division.  The majority of the highly experienced Dynacolor associates will staff the new division.

“Dynacolor’s expertise in specialty markets such as postcards, calendars, and rack brochures will add to the full menu of services that we currently offer our clients,” said Peter J. Dunne, President.  “We are extremely pleased to have an industry icon such as Don and his staff join the Franklin team.”   Duncanson added “We are extremely excited about joining Franklin. We can now offer a much wider array of marketing solutions and manufacturing capabilities to our customers.”

Franklin Communications offers complete graphic communication services including database marketing services, conceptual development of marketing solutions, design, pre-press, sheetfed and non-heatset web printing, variable data printing and a full complement of finishing and mailing services.  Franklin additionally offers web-enabled ordering, warehousing and fulfillment systems, database management services, and customer job access systems.

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RH Rosen Associates, Inc. Advises EarthColor, Inc. in its acquisition of L.P. Thebault Company

As long-time advisors to EarthColor, Inc., we assisted in completing this ground-breaking transaction – creating the largest manufacturing operation in the nation specializing solely in commercial printing.

EarthColor Announces Acquisition of L. P. Thebault

July 09, 2007

WEST ORANGE, NJ – EarthColor, Inc. announced today that it has acquired L. P. Thebault Co., one of North America’s premier commercial printers, founded in 1954 by Louis P. Thebault and led by Brian Thebault during the last 25 years. The transaction creates the country’s largest privately held graphic communications facility solely dedicated to serving the high end commercial printing market with the broadest range of solutions and services available in the industry.

Brian Thebault will remain Chairman of L. P. Thebault, which will become an EarthColor division.

Robert Kashan, CEO of EarthColor, said “The Thebault family has built one of the nation’s most-admired printing service organizations. With over 50 years of experience, L. P. Thebault Co. has an unmatched team of seasoned professionals working with state of the art equipment and technology – making the company a perfect addition to EarthColor.

“There’s an extraordinary fit between our two organizations,” said Brian Thebault. “This transaction creates an entity with unmatched services and capacity, driven by talented people who are entirely client-focused.”

Throughout its 25 year history, EarthColor has enjoyed an unbroken record of growth, always remaining focused on building capacity and capabilities in ways that enhance its ability to perform for its customers. “We are dedicated to providing the industry’s most effective platform for managing the entire range of graphic communications needs for corporations, advertising agencies and designers” said Robert Kashan.

In closing, Kashan added: “Ours is a customer-driven operation and the addition of L. P. Thebault Co. will only enhance that customer focus. We remain a company run by people who truly understand printing.”

About EarthColor, Inc.

Founded in 1982 by CEO Robert Kashan, EarthColor is a high-end, customer-oriented commercial printer focused on providing one-stop printing solutions of electronic prepress, printing and finishing primarily of promotional products. EarthColor is the largest competitor in the New York metropolitan market and one of the largest competitors in its other markets. The company operates a low-cost distributed print platform with production facilities in New York, New Jersey, Florida, and Texas, with additional prepress operations in Arizona. EarthColor’s customers are blue-chip companies with an emphasis on industries with less advertising cyclicality such as telecommunications, pharmaceuticals and financial services. The Company specializes in short-run, high quality printed products that require quick turnaround times and significant customer service. For more information, please visit http://www.earthcolor.com.

About L. P. Thebault Co.

The L. P. Thebault Co. is a full service graphic communications company founded in 1954.  Over the past 50+ years, LPT has experienced solid growth by delivering superb quality, customer service and expanding product offerings and services to a distinguished group of clients nationwide. Print expertise is in such product areas as promotional brochures, direct mail, catalogs, billing inserts, posters, magazine inserts, folding cartons/packaging, annual reports and corporate/employee communications literature, and POS materials.  ISO certification, continuous improvement processes, and significant leadership and investment in environmental sustainability programs such as FSC certification and membership in Ceres reflect the company’s commitment to responsible manufacturing and 100% customer satisfaction.  Visit http://www.thebault.com for more information.

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RH Rosen Associates, Inc. Assists in $211 million Management-led Buyout of EarthColor, Inc.

While we have been long-time advisors to EarthColor, Inc., in this transaction we provided advisory services to Allied Capital Corporation, in evaluating their $211 million commitment to the EarthColor transaction.

Washington, DC – November 20, 2006 – Allied Capital Corporation (NYSE: ALD) announced today that it has committed $210.5 million in the management-led buyout of EarthColor, Inc., (www.EarthColor.com) a leading commercial printer serving blue-chip customers in the pharmaceutical, telecommunications and financial services industries.  The senior management of EarthColor made a significant equity investment in the company, acquiring a majority of the voting stock

Based in New York City, EarthColor is the largest competitor in the New York metropolitan market and one of the largest competitors in its other markets.  The company operates a low-cost distributed print platform with production facilities in New York, New Jersey, Florida, and Texas, with additional prepress operations in Arizona.

Founded in 1982 by Robert Kashan, CEO, EarthColor specializes in high quality printed products that require quick turnaround times and significant customer service.  The Company has developed organically and through acquisitions into a diversified, full-service provider of commercial printing solutions, focusing on a highly-diversified list of blue-chip customers in industries with less advertising cyclicality such as telecommunications, pharmaceuticals and financial services.

Mr. Kashan believes that EarthColor’s success is attributable to its emphasis on creating long-term partnerships with its customers; a low-cost and flexible production platform, and the ability to increase a customer’s speed to market, therefore generating higher returns per marketing dollar.

“Allied Capital’s decision to invest in EarthColor reflects our high-degree of confidence in Robert Kashan and his skilled management team,” said John Fruehwirth, Managing Director of Allied Capital.  “Robert and his team have created a unique, market-leading business, positioning EarthColor as a significant printer with a low-cost operating platform, and the capacity and flexibility to handle large print jobs with short-lead times for their large blue-chip customers.  We believe this combination will allow the company to continue building on its success as it pursues growth opportunities.”

“We have known the Allied Capital team for some time now and are pleased to have them as our new financial partner,” said Mr. Kashan. “They have worked hard to understand our business. Their financial strength and grasp of the business combine to make them a true value-added partner as we position our company for the next phase of growth – building a national platform to better serve our customers.”

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RH Rosen Associates, Inc. Assists in the evaluation of The Matlet Group’s acquisition of five printing companies from Quebecor World

In this transaction, we provided advisory services in evaluating the financing for the Matlet / Quebecor World transaction.

MATLET Group Acquires Five US Commercial Printing Facilities from Quebecor World

MONTREAL–Dec. 2, 2005– Quebecor (Stock Price   Web Site  Related Articles  Google) World Inc. and the MATLET Group LLC, a newly formed entity, announced today that the MATLET Group has completed the acquisition of five of Quebecor World’s US facilities in a management buy-out. These facilities specialize in commercial printing and packaging as well as fulfillment and pre-media services. The purchase price for the transaction is US$70 million, subject to certain adjustments.

With annual revenue over US$135 million, The MATLET Group’s operations include the Acme Printing Company in Wilmington, MA; Central Florida Press, in Orlando, FL; Packaging Graphics, in Pawtucket, RI; Nova Marketing Services, in St-Louis, MO; and Premedia Services of Detroit, MI. With more than 600 employees, the Group produces premium catalogs, magazines, inserts, blister card and folding carton packaging, casual dining menus, annual reports and other collateral materials. Customers represent a wide range of industries such as travel & leisure, fashion, cosmetics, automotive, higher education, health care products and advertising agencies.

The MATLET Group was formed by Gary Stiffler, former Executive Vice President of Quebecor World’s Commercial Group, along with two private investors.

“This acquisition represents an exciting opportunity that will restore local ownership to these commercial printing facilities. Each plant’s management group will be familiar to customers and suppliers who have done business with these locations throughout the years,” said Mr. Stiffler, President & CEO of the MATLET Group. “We understand and will focus on the two primary success factors in this business: capital investment in the latest technology and highly skilled and motivated employees.”

“We are pleased to conclude this transaction with the MATLET Group. Gary and his management team bring a vast amount of knowledge and experience with them to this new endeavor and we wish them all the best” said Hugues Simard, Vice President Development and Planning, Quebecor World.

Quebecor World Inc. is one of the largest printers in the US with a coast-to-coast network of more than 75 printing and related facilities. Quebecor World’s US operations have annual sales of more than US$4 billion and specialize in the printing of magazines, catalogs, retail inserts, books, directories and direct mail. Quebecor World’s global revenues in 2004 were US$6.6 billion.

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RH Rosen Associates, Inc. Assists in financing EarthColor’s acquisition of Applied Printing Technologies, Inc.

In this transaction we provided advisory services to an affiliate of Cerberus Capital, in evaluating their financing commitment to the EarthColor transaction.

EarthColor acquires Applied Printing Technologies (APT)

West Orange, NJ (October 23, 2005) – EarthColor, Inc., the largest privately owned commercial printer in the New York Metropolitan area, announced the acquisition of Applied Printing Technologies (APT). APT has facilities in Moonachie, NJ and Elmira, NY.

Applied Printing Technologies has been in business since 1960 with revenues of approximately $45 million. APT offers a broad range of solutions, which include full and half web printing with inline capability in Elmira, NY, and sheet fed, digital and web printing in Moonachie, NJ.

The addition of APT increases EarthColor’s capacity and capability to service customers nationally. EarthColor’s full web, in line finishing and sheet fed capacity will significantly expand, and the Company’s product offerings will now include a full range of digital printing.

“We are excited about the opportunity this acquisition offers to our existing and new clients.  This transaction provides us with a stronger and more diverse platform and positions the company for further expansion”, said Robert Kashan, EarthColor’s CEO.

About Earthcolor EarthColor is a full service commercial printer, which is headquartered at 55 Lakeside Avenue, West Orange, NJ 07052. EarthColor has been in business for over 20 years and currently has over 600 employees nationwide. The company’s divisions include: Barton Press, Cedar Graphics, EarthColor NY, EarthCameron, EarthColor/Houston, EarthSpectrum, International Color Services, Kashan Litho, Media Printing and Tam/LCI. With the addition of APT, EarthColor’s revenue will exceed $240 million.

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