WASHINGTON, DC – February 25, 2008 – Arlington Capital Partners (www.arlingtoncap.com), a Washington, DC-based private equity firm, today announced the acquisition of Virgo Holdings (www.vpico.com) (“Virgo”), in partnership with the company’s existing management team. Founded in 1986 and headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Virgo is a leading integrated business to business information services company delivering trade shows and conferences, print and electronic media, education and training, and value-added business services.
Virgo produces 10 trade shows and conferences, publishes 17 national trade magazines and affiliated websites, and operates online training and accreditation programs. The company operates in the natural products, healthcare, telecommunications, and business solutions industries. Within the natural products sector, Virgo is the producer of SupplySide (www.supplysideshow.com), the largest trade show in the world for ingredients to the natural products industry. Overall, the company has been successful in leveraging its category-leading events, electronic and print publications to provide integrated solutions to the industry sectors in which it operates.
“Arlington Capital is pleased to partner with CEO Jenny Bolton and the Virgo management team. The team at Virgo has built an extraordinary track record over the last 20 years, and we look forward to our partnership during the next phase of the company’s growth,” said Perry Steiner of Arlington Capital.
Jenny Bolton, CEO of Virgo, commented about the new relationship with Arlington, “We are very excited about our new partnership with Arlington Capital. The firm’s contacts, financial expertise and acquisition experience will make them an invaluable partner during this time of accelerated growth for the company. Arlington brings a rich combination of operating and private equity experience that we believe will enable them to be a ‘value-added’ investor.”
“We were attracted to Virgo because of its leading positions in each of the industry verticals in which the company operates,” said John Bates of Arlington Capital. “The company’s trade shows and publications have a long history of success, and we look forward to assisting the team in continuing to build their impressive track record. Additionally, we believe there will be attractive acquisition opportunities to accelerate the company’s growth.”
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About Virgo Holdings:
Virgo Holdings is a fast-growing, integrated business-to-business information services business delivering trade shows and conferences, print and electronic media, and online education to key growth markets. Virgo leverages its category-leading events, publications, electronic and other media to provide integrated solutions for the natural products, healthcare, and telecommunications industries and other expanding niche businesses. The Company is uniquely distinguished by its highly innovative and sales-driven culture and rigorous financial discipline that have translated to superior growth and profitability. Virgo has a long track record of successfully launching new products to serve the information needs of growing industries and currently operates 10 trade shows and conferences, publishes 17 national trade magazines and affiliated websites, and operates online training and accreditation programs. Visit Virgo at www.vpico.com.
About Arlington Capital Partners:
Arlington Capital Partners (www.arlingtoncap.com) is a Washington, DC-based private equity fund with over $1 billion of committed capital focused on middle market buyout investment opportunities in growth industries including: Federal government services, business services and outsourcing, media, education, healthcare services, and aerospace/defense. The firm’s professionals have a unique combination of operating and private equity experience that enables Arlington to be a value-added investor. Arlington invests in companies in partnership with high quality management teams that are motivated to establish and/or advance their company’s position as leading competitors in their field.
SOURCE: Arlington Capital Partners