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Senior Debt Financing Provided to Western’s Smokehouse Partners, LLC

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Denver, CO (March 22, 2019) – Sunflower Bank, N.A. is pleased to announce it provided senior debt financing to support the growth of Western’s Smokehouse Partners, LLC. The transaction closed in February 2019. Sunflower Bank’s Structured Finance Group launched in June 2018 bringing together a team of experienced industry leaders to provide corporate finance services to clients and prospects with borrowing needs of $3MM to $15MM+. 

In this transaction, Denver-based Sunflower Bank provided senior debt financing following an equity investment in Western’s Smokehouse by Charis Consumer Partners. The senior debt financing included a revolving line of credit and capital expenditure draw facility in support of the company’s future growth. Sunflower Bank’s Structured Finance Group provides relationship-focused Leveraged Finance and Asset Based Lending services to lower middle market companies and private equity investors.

“We’re pleased to have partnered with Charis Consumer Partners to create a debt financing solution for Western’s Smokehouse. This transaction is a great example of how the Sunflower Bank Structured Finance Group works with premier private equity firms to grow businesses around the country,” said David Harper, Managing Director of Leveraged Finance at Sunflower Bank. western's smokehouse tombstone

Harper is responsible for identifying prospective leveraged finance and other corporate banking opportunities for Sunflower Bank. His career has included leadership roles in investment banking, private equity, operating companies, and commercial banking. He has been involved in more than 75 corporate finance transactions including M&A, private placements, public offerings, restructurings and cross-border opportunities.

Western’s Smokehouse is a specialty manufacturer and co-packer of smoked meat sticks, bars, nuggets and other non-jerky meat snacks. It supplies several of the category’s top-growing brands and also produces its own branded product. Western’s Smokehouse was founded in 1979 and is based in Greentop, Missouri. In addition to its consumer packaged goods experience, Sunflower Bank’s Structured Finance Group has deep knowledge across multiple industries.

Detailed information on the Sunflower Bank Structured Finance Group is available at SunflowerBank.com/StructuredFinance. David Harper can be reached at 303.962.8686 or David.Harper@SunflowerBank.com.

About Sunflower Bank, N.A.
Operating as Sunflower Bank, First National 1870, and Guardian Mortgage, Sunflower Bank, N.A. provides financial solutions to the individual communities it serves. With approximately $4 billion in assets as of December 31, 2018, headquarters in Denver, bank locations in six states, and mortgage capabilities in more than 35 states, Sunflower Bank, N.A. provides a full range of relationship-focused services to meet personal, business, and wealth management financial objectives. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender. First National 1870 and Guardian Mortgage are divisions of Sunflower Bank, N.A. To learn more visit SunflowerBank.com, FirstNational1870.com, or GuardianMortgageOnline.com.

About Charis Consumer Partners
Charis Consumer Partners, based in Denver, Colorado, is a private equity firm composed of professionals with deep experience in consumer packaged goods (“CPG”), specifically within different food categories and products. To learn more visit: www.charisconsumerpartners.com

Media Contact: Jeanne Lipson
VP, Marketing Manager
915-881-6785 Jeanne.Lipson@FirstNational1870.com