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Globalbev announces partnership with Endurance Capital Partners

Globalbev Indústria de Bebidas e Alimentos S.A. announces the investment by private equity fund ECP Brazil Private Equity II, managed by Endurance Capital Partners. The goal of the partnership is to enhance value in management and corporate governance, in addition to accelerating the companys expansion plan, which is anchored on a combination of robust organic growth and a strategic plan for acquisitions in the beverage and snacks segments.

Bernardo Fernandes, Globalbev’s CEO, explained,  "Endurance’s arrival is an important step in our expansion plan.  We will create the necessary conditions to accelerate the company’s growth."

The company’s revenue projection for 2011 is $ 230 million and the target is to reach $ 500 million by 2013. Today, Globalbev is ranked 18th among Brazil’s fastest growing companies, according to Exame PME magazine, a middle-market business publication.

To achieve its growth target, the company is taking significant strategic steps, which include the creation of new management positions, the introduction of new products and the search for acquisitions. In 2010, Globalbev acquired two fruit pulp plants, GlobalFruit (in the city of Visconde do Rio Branco, MG) and Açaí GlobalBony (in the city of Belém, PA).

Globalbev was advised by Araujo Fontes, and Endurance was advised by Itaú BBA on the financial structuring.

About Globalbev

Globalbev distributes beverages and snacks through a wide distribution network, present throughout the country. The company operates through eight regional units strategically positioned to effectively reach supermarkets, convenience stores, bakeries and bars. Through its network of distributors, the company counts on 6,000 sales people and its products are sold in 70,000 points-of-sale throughout Brazil.

The company owns renowned brands such as the isotonic drink Marathon® and energy drink Flying Horse. In juices category, Globalbev owns Fast Fruit and Amazoo Açaí, the first ready-to-drink açaí launched in the market. Globalbev is also the exclusive importer and distributor of Pringles potato chips and energy drink Monster Energy.

Globalbev was founded in 2000 by Bernardo Fernandes, Guilherme Gama and Henrique Alves Pinto. In 2009, João Paulo Diniz joined the company after three years of a successful joint venture with the Flying Horse brand.

About Endurance Capital Partners (ECP)

Endurance Capital Partners is an investment manager, focused on middle-market private equity in Brazil. ECP seeks to identify investment opportunities in companies with high potential for value creation, in which it can contribute with its strategic and management expertise to enable a new phase of growth, while seeking exceptional long-term returns for its investors and operational partners.

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