Stonebriar Commercial Finance closes a $10.7 million loan with tank barge operator

February 5,2018

Stonebriar Commercial Finance (“Stonebriar”) announced the closing of a $10.7 million loan with Griffin Barge Line, LLC.  The subject assets securing the loan are four (4) 31,000 barrel heated oil tank barges newly delivered and put into service in 2016. The loan is ten years in tenor and features a notably longer amortization, thus providing manageable debt service that affords the borrower the operational flexibility required to compete effectively in its markets. The proceeds of the loan were used to refinance prior indebtedness secured by the barges.

Kyle Parks, Stonebriar’s Head of Direct Originations, stated, “We have immense respect for Clay Griffin’s lengthy lineage and strong operational reputation in the tank barge market. As a second generation operator and maritime executive, Clay has been around vessels and in this trade for decades. We are thrilled to have provided this capital in support of Griffin’s immediate need and look forward to further investing in the company’s future growth.” This closing is illustrative of Stonebriar’s ability to quickly assess, understand, and act on opportunities involving essential-use and long-lived assets, dynamic companies operating in complex markets, solutions-based structuring and timely execution. Kyle added, “The Stonebriar team, led by Harrison Smith and Jason Farr, worked closely and collaboratively with Griffin to affect this successful closing. We continue to seek opportunities to strategically grow what is already a meaningful maritime portfolio.”


 

Clay Griffin, founder and President of Griffin Barge Line, said, “I knew from my first conversation with Stonebriar that it was the optimal capital partner for our company – today, and as we position the fleet for future growth. The Stonebriar team’s understanding of our industry, the company history, the assets we operate, and the current market dynamics was instantly evident and allowed for constructive dialogue as we structured a loan that supports our continued ability to provide safe and reliable service to our clients at competitive market rates.” Clay continued, “It is a real pleasure working with Stonebriar. The process was straight forward and efficient. On behalf of all that comprise Griffin Barge Line, we thank Stonebriar for its faith and confidence. We look forward to what I am certain will become a long-term relationship.”

Stonebriar, an Eldridge Industries portfolio company based in Plano, TX, is a leading provider of financing solutions for businesses in a wide variety of industries, of various sizes and credit profiles.  Stonebriar leases and finances assets located primarily in North America and select other jurisdictions worldwide currently through four distinct platforms—General Equipment, Aviation Capital, Rail Leasing, and NonBank Lender, a provider of SBA-supported solutions.  Stonebriar’s portfolio also includes Essential Properties Realty Trust, a single tenant real estate firm currently with 508 properties leased to more than 117 tenants throughout the U.S. To learn more about Stonebriar Commercial Finance go to www.StonebriarCF.com.

Eldridge Industries (“Eldridge”) is a private investment firm that provides debt and equity capital to support growing companies. Eldridge invests across diversified industries with a focus on media and sports, insurance, real estate development, asset lending and financing, branded food and hospitality, and asset management businesses. In particular, the firm seeks to build and grow companies led by proven management teams that have demonstrated leadership and experience to scale an enterprise. Eldridge is headquartered in Greenwich, Connecticut, with additional offices in Beverly Hills, New York, and London. www.eldridge.com

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