MelCap Partners, LLC wins Consumer Discretionary Turnaround Deal of the Year

Consumer Discretionary Deal of the Year

February 12, 2020 — Wadsworth, OH — On Monday, December 9 the M&A Advisor announced MelCap Partners, LLC (“MelCap Partners”) as the winner of the Consumer Discretionary Turnaround Deal of the Year. MelCap Partners was recognized for its involvement in the sale of Sawmill Creek Resort to Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: FUN).

This honor will be bestowed on Wednesday, March 18 in Palm Beach, Florida at The Colony Hotel during the black-tie gala event. 

“Since 2002, we have been honoring the leading turnaround transactions, companies, and Dealmakers,” said Roger Aguinaldo, Founder, The M&A Advisor. “The nominations, representing over 240 participating companies, were judged by an independent panel of industry experts. MelCap Partners was chosen to receive the award. It gives us a great pleasure to recognize MelCap Partners and bestow upon them our highest honor for distressed investing and reorganization firms and professionals.

Aguinaldo continued, “MelCap Partners is a representative of those that reached the pinnacle of the distressed investing, bankruptcy, and reorganization industry for 2019 and earned these honors by standing out in a group of very impressive candidates.”

The Awards Gala is a feature of the 2020 Distressed Investing Summit. The Summit, which will take place on March 17 and 18, will feature 250 of the industry’s leading professionals who will be participating in exclusive interactive forums led by a faculty of restructuring industry stalwarts and business media experts. 

The exclusive Colony Hotel, home to Palm Beach will hold the one-on-one meetings, opening night reception, symposium, awards celebrations, and closing party. 

“We are honored and humbled to be recognized again by The M&A Advisor for this prestigious award. The Sawmill Creek-Cedar Fair transaction presented a number of hurdles and challenges, but in the end, we were able to successfully sell the business to the most logical buyer for Sawmill Creek,” said Al Melchiorre, President & Founder of MelCap Partners. 

Melchiorre continued, “I would like to thank all of the members of the deal teams for both sides of the deal for their hard work and effort to complete this transaction. It was clearly a team effort. The Sawmill Creek-Cedar Fair transaction was part of a record year for MelCap Partners in 2019. We are excited about 2020 and are hopeful for another positive year for our firm and our valued clients.”

You can learn more about the event here. Browse the complete list of winners here.

About MelCap Partners, LLC

MelCap Partners ( is an investment banking advisory firm specializing in providing high quality and innovative financial advisory services to middle-market companies. Services provided include merger, acquisition, and divestiture advisory services, the private placement of senior debt, subordinated/mezzanine debt, and equity capital, and general advisory services including business valuations, restructurings, and feasibility assessments. In order to assist MelCap Partners with securities-related transactions, the investment bankers of MelCap are Registered Principals/Agents of M&A Securities Group, Inc. (“MAS”), a FINRA broker-dealer firm.

About The M&A Advisor

Now in its 22nd year, The M&A Advisor was founded to offer insights and intelligence on mergers and acquisitions, establishing the industry’s leading media outlet in 1998. Today, the firm is recognized as the world’s premier leadership organization for mergers & acquisitions, restructuring, and corporate finance professionals, delivering a range of integrated services.

By Al Melchiorre

Al founded MelCap Partners in 2000, and is responsible for managing all aspects of client engagements from proposal through closing, developing business, reviewing offering memorandums and financial models, negotiating purchase agreements, and interacting with buyers and investors.