Fifth Third Securities Advises Flash Foods, Inc. on $425M Sale to CST Brands

Cincinnati — Fifth Third Securities, Inc. served as the exclusive financial advisor to Flash Foods, Inc, on their recent $425 million transaction with CST Brands, Inc. (NYSE: CST). The closing of the transaction is the latest in a string of major business wins for Fifth Third Capital Markets, which provides full-service investment banking, debt underwriting, and capital markets capabilities. Fifth Third Securities, Inc.’s M&A advisory services represent an expansion of capabilities and a significant growth area for Fifth Third Capital Markets to support middle market and mid-corporate clients.

"The Flash Foods transaction is representative of the consultative and strategic approach we take with our clients,” explained Bob Marcus, Managing Director and Head of Fifth Third Capital Markets. “Our bankers go beyond the transaction at hand to help our clients evaluate all strategic alternatives, determining the right path based on market conditions and stakeholder objectives."

James C. Jones, the outgoing CEO of Flash Foods noted the selling of his family business was a complicated and emotional process.

"Fifth Third was our guide and friend throughout the unfamiliar, complex and emotional process of selling my family’s life’s work,” said Jones. “They understood the things that were uniquely important to my family and were just as comfortable walking away from an offer, even a very lucrative one, that didn’t meet those important criteria.”

Fifth Third Capital Markets provides value-added advice and solutions aimed to support the growth and profitability of middle market and mid-corporate clients. Fifth Third’s Capital Markets services include investment banking, debt capital markets, equity capital markets, financial risk management and fixed income sales and trading. The group has offices in Atlanta, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas and Memphis, and provides industry specialization across many sectors including consumer retail, diversified industrials, energy, food, beverage and agribusiness, healthcare, real estate, surface transportation and telecom, media and technology.

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About Flash Foods

Flash Foods, Inc. operates 164 convenience stores in Georgia and Florida. The Company also includes 21 quick-service restaurants and is completely integrated with fuel and merchandising distribution capabilities. Flash Foods is a technologically innovative retailer that has pioneered online and mobile application marketing programs for convenience stores. www.flashfoods.com

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