Chicago, IL –September 2009; City Capital Advisors, LLC, a middle market investment banking firm assisting clients all over the world, is pleased to announce the success of its client, Chicago-based Ball Horticultural Company, in completing the realignment of its European business operations. City Capital acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Ball in a series of merger and acquisition transactions to accomplish the strategic re-positioning of the Company in Europe. Ball Horticultural Company has realigned its European business operations by merging its Continental European and UK businesses with Dutch-based Florensis, by selling its France-based subsidiary, Ball Ducrettet, to France-based Graines Voltz, and by acquiring Kieft Seeds. These transactions significantly change the European seed market. More specifically,


About Ball Horticultural Company

Ball Horticultural Company is an internationally renowned breeder, producer and wholesale distributor of ornamental plants. A family-owned business since it was founded in 1905, Ball has worldwide production, sales and marketing through its many subsidiaries on six continents.

About City Capital Advisors

City Capital is a results-oriented investment and merchant banking advisory firm dedicated to delivering business owners optimal value for their companies. Client engagements are managed by experienced senior bankers who have built successful practices at renowned investment banks, but sought a highly focused environment from which to advise their clients in a highly responsive manner. Advisory capabilities include mergers and acquisitions, typically in the $30 million to $500 million value range, leveraged recapitalizations, private capital formation for growth/acquisition/ownership transition, financial restructurings and managing direct investments.  Since becoming a FINRA registered broker-dealer in 2007, City Capital has successfully advised on transactions totaling in excess of $1 billion.

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