Media, Entertainment & Leisure

Fort Dearborn has worked with a variety of companies in the Media, Entertainment & Leisure Industry. This industry is subject to high competition and sometimes fast-paced shifts in customer preferences. Those changes can result in stress on cash flows and profitability, requiring swift understanding and decision making by management to make needed changes that enable strong operations into the future. 

Notable engagements have included a turnaround of a motorsport raceway, a turnaround of a musical instrument manufacturer, a turnaround and subsequent sale of a large book and magazine distributor, and turnaround of a major children's book publisher. These turnarounds resulted in restoration of significant enterprise values for the ownership groups by providing a stabilizing and strategic focus to return to strong operating performance.

Highlighted Engagements

$800M
Revenue

distributor of magazines, books, music and videos

$200M
Revenue

Motor sports, Broadcasting/production/syndication, Licensing/sponsorships, Retail

$160M
Revenue

publisher of children's books, cookbooks specialty books and magazines

$55M
Revenue

distributor of religious products and bible publisher

$50M
Revenue

movie theater chain

$20M
Revenue

religious book publisher

$12M
Revenue

bar & music entertainment venue

$10M
Revenue

movie theater chain

$10M
Revenue

golf course owner/management company with multiple courses

$6M
Revenue

full-scale production company specializing in live concert performances for TV and DVD

$5M
Revenue

publishing of children’s books

$2M
Revenue

special-purpose, sports facility

$2M
Revenue

indoor multi-sport arena specializing in turf and court sports

$2M
Revenue

daily fee golf club

Experienced Professionals

FDP News

Sep - 20

Fort Dearborn Advises Motor Distributor

Fort Dearborn Partners served as a financial advisor for the refinancing of a $3.5M Line of Credit and $2.2M mortgage for a $20 million Illinois-based motor distributor coming... Read More

Sep - 20

Jim Sandberg Joins Fort Dearborn

Fort Dearborn Partners is pleased to announce that Jim Sandberg has joined the firm as a Senior Associate.

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Jul - 20

Fort Dearborn Advises Private High School

Chicago, IL - Fort Dearborn Partners is pleased to announce that we served as exclusive financial advisor to a private high school for the refinancing of $13,000,000 in... Read More