CMM Advises SavATree on Strategic Investment

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July 9, 2017

Carter Morse & Mathias ("CMM") is pleased to announce that it served as the exclusive financial advisor to SavATree in its sale of a majority interest to an affiliate of the New York-based private equity firm CI Capital Partners. SavATree is a leading provider of tree, shrub and lawn care services headquartered in Bedford Hills, New York. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

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SavATree, the green choice for tree, shrub and lawn care, provides environmentally sensible services to residential, commercial, community and government properties in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest and Western regions. Property stewardship programs feature organic and hybrid plant health care, general tree care and lawn care - all highly customized to meet the needs each landscape and its steward. Services include tree and shrub pruning, hazard tree removal, insect and disease management, deer deterrence, lawn care as well as tree and shrub nutrient/fertilization programs.

Since 1985, under the leadership of Daniel van Starrenburg, who will remain CEO, SavATree has expanded through both organic growth and eleven strategic add-on acquisitions. Mr. van Starrenburg, CEO of SavATree, said, "Michael Carter and the team at CMM understood our business and objectives and provided us valuable advice throughout this process. Going forward, we look forward to working with CI Capital to further expand SavATree's business throughout the United States, while providing the same high level of service our customers expect."

Michael Carter, Managing Director of CMM, explained, "We are very proud of working with Daniel and his management team to close this transaction. SavATree has built an impressive company that will continue to grow both organically and through acquisitions. We have thoroughly enjoyed working with both CI Capital and SavATree management and we wish the team continued success."

CI Capital Partners LLC, a leading North American private equity investment firm with approximately $2.4 billion in assets under management, has been investing in middle-market companies since 1993. Since inception, CI Capital and its portfolio companies have made over 230 acquisitions representing over $8 billion in enterprise value.

Other transaction advisors for SavATree included White & Case LLP, who served as legal advisors, Janover LLC has been the company's auditing firm, and Burruano Dolan LLP, who served as tax advisors.

About Carter Morse & Mathias:

Founded in 1987, Carter Morse & Mathias is a boutique investment bank specializing in advising privately held middle market companies. CMM provides a full range of investment banking services: business sales and divestitures, equity and debt capital raises, acquisition services, and pre-transaction and strategic advisory services. Time and time again, our strategic guidance and seamless transaction execution has proven crucial for clients, many of whom we represent in their once-in-a-lifetime transaction. For nearly 30 years, CMM's combination of hands-on Managing Director involvement and extensive network of domestic and international resources has enabled us to help hundreds of business owners plan, execute, and close transactions that maximize shareholder value.

CMM's Broker/Dealer affiliate, Carter Capital Corporation, is a FINRA member firm registered with the SEC and SIPC.

About Carter Morse & Goodrich

Located in Southport, Connecticut, Carter Morse & Goodrich is a boutique M&A advisory firm that specializes in representing founder-led and family-held businesses valued between $25 million and $250 million. While CMG provides a full range of investment banking services, our primary focus is representing owners who are pursuing their once-in-a-lifetime M&A transactions. CMG specializes in advising leading companies in niche markets to plan, prepare, execute, and close successful transactions that maximize shareholder value. CMG fully understands and appreciates the unique dynamics of closely-held businesses and the importance of owner legacies. For 35 years, the combination of our hands-on approach, senior banker attention, strategic guidance, seamless transaction execution and extensive network of domestic and international resources has enabled us to become a trusted advisor to hundreds of business owners.

CMG's Broker/Dealer affiliate, Carter Capital Corporation, is a FINRA member firm registered with the SEC and SIPC.

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