Chicago, IL – The assets of LYFE Kitchen, LLC (“LYFE” or the “Company”) have been acquired by Carlisle LYFE, LLC (“Carlisle LYFE”), an acquisition entity formed by the legacy ownership and management of LYFE. FocalPoint served as exclusive financial advisor to the Independent Committee of the Board of Directors of LYFE.
Founded in 2011, LYFE is an operator and franchisor of premium “better-for-you” fast casual restaurants focused on providing quality food using locally sourced and sustainable ingredients. Since inception, LYFE has established a national footprint of franchised and Company-owned locations. The Company strives to follow the mantra behind its name – “Love Your Food Everyday,” providing a range of affordable and healthy menu options.
Michael Roberts, Board member and member of the Independent Committee, commented “LYFE was a first mover in the rapidly growing health-focused restaurant segment and is a strong brand that has been cultivated and will continue to develop under new ownership. The Independent Committee was extremely happy to have FocalPoint’s counsel and advice in completing the sale of the Company. FocalPoint was essential in crafting and managing a transparent process that ensured fairness for all interested bidders, while positioning the Company to maximize potential valuation. Their deep industry and situational expertise helped to secure an outcome that positions the LYFE restaurants for the future.”
Michael Fixler, Managing Director at FocalPoint, stated “Based on our prior experience in similar situations, we knew that the Independent Committee could face unique challenges during this sale process. Working with the members of the Independent Committee, its counsel (Vedder Price) and certain members of the Company’s management team, we were able to widely market the Company to a full range of strategic and financial buyers.”
Duane Stullich, Managing Partner at FocalPoint, added “LYFE Kitchen is a leader in the ‘better for you’ fast casual segment. We are pleased to have been able to work with management and the Committee on this transaction.”
FocalPoint is an independent investment bank, specializing in mergers and acquisitions, private placements (both debt and equity), financial restructurings, and special situation transactions. With offices in Los Angeles and Chicago, the firm serves middle market clients throughout the U.S. Since its inception in 2002, FocalPoint has completed approximately $5 billion in transactions. For more information about FocalPoint Partners, visit focalpointllc.com.