Demonstrates Union Square Advisors’ extensive platform in providing comprehensive financing services to high-growth ESG companies
On January 4, 2023, Union Square Advisors announced it served as the exclusive financial advisor to Grove Collaborative Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: GROV) (“Grove” or “the Company”), a leading sustainable consumer products company and certified B Corp™, in it’s $72 million Loan and Security Agreement from Structural Capital Investments III, LP and certain of its affiliates (the “Structural Investors”) and Avenue Sustainable Solutions Fund, L.P. (the “Avenue Investor”).
The new funds will be used to refinance existing debt and to fund ongoing business operations as Grove continues to push to profitability. The term loan bears an annual interest at the greater of 15% or prime plus 7.5%, payable monthly. The principal repayment period commences in July 2025 and the term loan matures in December 2026.
“We are pleased to announce this agreement, which provides greater financial flexibility to our cash and liquidity position,” said Stuart Landesberg, Co-Founder and CEO of Grove. “This transaction better positions Grove for long-term success, enabling us to execute against our strategic value creation plan with the goal of achieving profitability in 2024. We are thrilled to have new partners, Structural and Avenue, who deeply understand our business and our mission to drive the consumer products industry to be a positive force for human and environmental health.”
”We are excited to partner with Grove by providing a compelling capital solution. Grove is an innovative leader in the consumer products industry and we look forward to supporting the Company’s management team in advancing their vision,” stated Kai Tse, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Structural Capital.
“This transaction, executed on fair terms in a challenging market, speaks to the financial profile of the Company and the depth of our partnership with Structural and Avenue’s ESG-oriented Sustainable Solutions Fund,” said Sergio Cervantes, CFO of Grove. “This transaction aligns our capital structure to our ongoing improvements to become profitable and to our internal operating timelines and gives us the financial backing to weather an extended challenge in market sentiment.”
“Union Square Advisors is incredibly pleased to partner with the Grove team as the company continues to accelerate its next phase of growth and profitability,” said Mike Meyer, Head of Capital Markets at Union Square Advisors. “Further, we value our relationships with Structural Capital and Avenue Capital Group, and look forward to opportunities for us to partner in the new year.”
“Importantly, our participation in this transaction further reflects our firm’s commitment to working with leading companies in the sustainability ecosystem,” said Carter McClelland, Chairman at Union Square Advisors.
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About Grove Collaborative Holdings, Inc.
Launched in 2016 as a Certified B Corp, Grove Collaborative Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: GROV) is transforming consumer products into a positive force for human and environmental good. Driven by the belief that sustainability is the only future, Grove creates and curates more than 150 high-performing eco-friendly brands of household cleaning, personal care, laundry, clean beauty, baby and pet care products serving millions of households across the U.S. each year. With a flexible monthly delivery model and access to knowledgeable Grove Guides, Grove makes it easy for everyone to build sustainable routines.
Every product Grove offers — from its flagship brand of sustainably powerful home care essentials, Grove Co., plastic-free, vegan personal care line, Peach Not Plastic, and zero-waste pet care brand, Good Fur, to its exceptional third-party brands — has been thoroughly vetted against Grove’s strict standards to be beautifully effective, supportive of healthy habits, ethically produced and cruelty-free. Grove is a public benefit corporation on a mission to move Beyond Plastic™ and in 2021, entered physical retail for the first time at Target stores nationwide, making sustainable home care products even more accessible. Grove is the first plastic neutral retailer in the world and is committed to being 100% plastic-free by 2025.
About Structural Capital
Structural Capital is an investment firm that provides expansion-stage loans to venture capital and private equity-backed companies in technology enabled and disruptive commerce sectors. The firm provides flexible financing solutions to high-growth companies seeking a less dilutive source of capital. Since starting in 2014, Structural Capital has successfully launched four funds. For more information, please visit structuralcapital.com.
About Union Square Advisors
Union Square Advisors is a leading technology-focused investment bank that offers strategic mergers & acquisitions advice and execution, agented private capital financing, and debt capital markets advisory services. Founded in 2007, with offices in San Francisco and New York, Union Square Advisors works with leading public and private technology companies, private equity, venture capital, and family offices. Our expertise spans many aspects of the technology landscape, including Enterprise Software and Infrastructure, FinTech, Healthcare IT, Internet+Digital Media, eCommerce, Consumer Software, AIoT & Industrial Technology and other key segments. Since inception, Union Square Advisors has advised on more than 160 strategic transactions, valued in excess of $115B. For more information, please visit https://www.usadvisors.com.