Norwest Equity Partners Nabs Printer Cartridge Remanufacturer
Norwest Equity Partners has closed on a deal to buy a toner and ink supplier from a struggling holding company. This marks NEP's second acquisition this year.
On Monday, NEP announced that it has acquired Clover Imaging Group from Clover Technologies Group. The news came a day before Clover Technologies filed for bankruptcy. NEP first announced plans to acquire Clover Imaging last month.
Headquartered in the Chicago area, Clover Imaging sells remanufactured toner and ink products across 43 countries. NEP officials say that Clover Imaging is the largest remanufacturer of printer cartridges in the world.
Last week, parent company Clover Technologies Group announced a restructuring plan to tackle more than $640 million in long-term debt. In a statement issued at the time, Clover Technologies Group said proceeds from the NEP acquisition will help pay down a portion of its debt.
“The business has been acquired with a very conservative capital structure in place,” said Tim DeVries, NEP's managing partner, in an email.
No other financial details of the transaction were disclosed.
Clover Imaging Group will continue to operate as a standalone entity. Headquartered in the Chicago area, Clover Imaging sells remanufactured toner and ink products across 43 countries.
Clover Imaging has about 5,000 employees.
“Clover is far and away the leader of remanufacturing printer cartridges; cartridges are the most economical and environmentally sustainable way to print documents,” DeVries said. “Clover has invested heavily in systems, R&D, and technology.”
In June, NEP acquired Texas-based Arteriors, a lighting and furnishings company. That marked NEP’s first acquisition of the year. In 2018, the equity firm completed three acquisitions, according to NEP’s website.
So far this year, NEP has sold its stake in three companies: Colorado-based Christy Sports, GoHealth, and Actagro.