Franchise News Release: Atlanta, GA - (Oct-6-2003)

Roark Capital Group announces purchase of FASTSIGNS International, Inc.

Roark Capital Group is pleased to announce the acquisition of FASTSIGNS International, Inc., making this its third Franchise business.

FASTSIGNS International, Inc. is the leading franchisor in the sign and graphics industry, with over 440 franchised centers in 43 states and 6 countries, and system-wide revenues approaching $200 million. FASTSIGNS® franchisees are full service providers of custom sign and graphic solutions, allowing local, regional, national and international businesses to outsource all of their sign and graphic needs. Franchisees leverage their investment in technology to produce a variety of signs, including custom banners, large format inkjet signs, vehicle graphics, point of purchase signs, and exhibits and displays.

Roark Capital Group is an Atlanta-based private equity firm that acquires majority stakes in franchise, consumer branded, packaging, niche manufacturing and service businesses. The firm specializes in transactions with enterprise values of $20 - $250 million, and targets family-owned businesses, orphaned assets (divisions of larger companies or portfolio companies of private equity firms), as well as the going private transactions of micro-cap public companies. Roark Capital also owns Carvel Corporation, the leading manufacturer of branded ice cream cakes and a top producer of premium soft-serve ice cream, and Money Mailer, the second largest shared mail advertising company in the United States.


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