Current Capital Advises GEE Group on the Elimination of over $47 Million in Debt and Mezzanine Financing
Jacksonville, Florida, July 2, 2020 – GEE Group Inc. (NYSE American: JOB) (“the Company” or “GEE Group”), a provider of professional staffing services and human resource solutions, today announced that it has successfully completed and closed a recapitalization and financial restructuring on June 30, 2020, that significantly strengthened its balance sheet through the elimination of over approximately $47 million in subordinated debt and mezzanine preferred stock financing while adding approximately over $40 million pre-tax to GEE Group’s stockholders’ equity.
Highlights of the Recapitalization and Restructuring Transactions and Financial Position:
– Substantial improvement in the Company’s financial condition and leverage ratios
– Approximately $47.4 million, which is comprised of approximately $19.7 million of subordinated debt and approximately $27.7 million of preferred stock mezzanine financing, was eliminated from the Company’s balance sheet as of June 30, 2020, at a substantial discount in exchange for cash of approximately $5.1 million inclusive of accrued interest and the issuance of approximately 1.8 million of GEE Group Inc. restricted common shares
– The deleveraging transactions resulted in the extinguishment of 100% of the Company’s subordinated debt and preferred stock mezzanine financing. Only the Company’s long-term senior debt, including its loans under the CARES ACT Payroll Protection Program (“PPP”), remain outstanding as of June 30, 2020, which places the Company in a better position from a liquidity standpoint and for future growth
– GEE Group will have approximately 17.7 million common shares outstanding as of June 30, 2020, after giving effect to the recapitalization and restructuring transactions
– Stockholders’ equity as of June 30, 2020, increased by over $40 million pre-tax
– The Company’s cash position as of June 30, 2020, after closing the aforementioned transactions, was approximately $16.4 million
– The recapitalization and restructuring transactions will be further described in a Form 8K to be filed with the SEC
– The Company’s consolidated financial statements for the fiscal third quarter ended June 30, 2020, to be included in its Quarterly Report on SEC Form 10Q, will fully incorporate the financial and tax effects of the transactions
Current Capital Partners LLC served as exclusive recapitalization and restructuring advisor, Duff and Phelps served as a financial advisor and Loeb & Loeb served as legal counsel to the Company.
Derek E. Dewan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GEE Group, commented, “When we began the recapitalization and restructuring process, we did so with a clear objective of strengthening the Company’s financial position, improving GEE Group’s capital structure and better positioning the Company for future success. Now that these transactions have been completed on very favorable terms, we are most excited about the Company’s growth prospects and its ability to maximize shareholder value.”
About GEE Group
GEE Group Inc. is a provider of specialized staffing solutions and is the successor to employment offices doing business since 1893. The Company operates in two industry segments, providing professional staffing services and solutions in the information technology, engineering, finance and accounting specialties and commercial staffing services through the names of Access Data Consulting, Agile Resources, Ashley Ellis, General Employment, Omni-One, Paladin Consulting and Triad. Also, in the healthcare sector, GEE Group, through its Scribe Solutions brand, staffs medical scribes who assist physicians in emergency departments of hospitals and in medical practices by providing required documentation for patient care in connection with electronic medical records (EMR). Additionally, the Company provides contract and direct hire professional staffing services through the following SNI brands: Accounting Now®, SNI Technology®, Legal Now®, SNI Financial®, Staffing Now®, SNI Energy®, and SNI Certes.
About Current Capital Partners LLC
Current Capital Partners LLC is an independent advisory and merchant banking firm focused primarily on the industrial and services sectors. We provide mergers and acquisitions and restructuring advisory services, corporate management services, and private equity investing. The mergers and acquisitions advisory effort offers high quality financial advisory services – including ideas, buy-side and sell-side execution, strategic and capital structure reviews, restructuring advisory and related services – for corporate and investment firm clients seeking an independent perspective and senior attention. In our management services effort, we manage investments, provide restructuring advice, sit on Boards of Directors and provide related consulting services for other investors and financial institutions; and offer advice and expert witness services in complex corporate litigation. Our private equity investing business helps create value, primarily in lower middle market and smaller companies, with an integrated operating, finance and investment approach. Our Advisory Board and Executive Network are important advantages for our clients. Learn more at www.currentcap.com.
Chief Financial Officer, GEE Group
Telephone: +1 904 512 7504
Jonathan F. Foster
Telephone: +1 212 223 0618
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SOURCE: GEE Group Inc.