Editor's Notebook: Clintar To Expand Into US

Editor's Notebook: Clintar To Expand Into US

Large footprint, diversity, and franchise system made Canadian-based full-service property management firm a sound investment opportunity for global private equity firm, The Riverside Company..

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January 20, 2021

Global private equity firm,The Riverside Company, announced its purchase of Canadian commercial outdoor services firms Clintar and TruNet and has plans to expand the brands into the US landscape and snow markets.

“Clintar and TruNet’s national footprint and strong reputation make the combined company a true leader in the commercial property services sector,” said Riverside Managing Partner Loren Schlachet. “As we join Clintar and TruNet in this next phase of growth, we will seek to strengthen and further expand its strong presence across Canada and into the U.S.”

Clintar CEO Steve Sinodinos added, “We’ve been serving thousands of customer since 1973, and we are thrilled to have completed this transaction with a global firm like Riverside to fuel our growth. We look forward to serving our customers locally in each of our franchise territories as well as our national accounts across Canada - and in the future, across North America.”

“Clintar and TruNet’s excellent service is evidenced by strong customer relationships at both the local and national level, with a multitude of high-profile customers including property management firms, government institutions and Fortune 500 companies,” said Riverside Partner Brian Sauer. “We look forward to working with the talented Clintar and TruNet team to pursue organic and inorganic growth opportunities for the company.”

Headquartered in Markham, Ontario, the Clintar franchise system provides full-service snow management, landscaping and outdoor property services, serving commercial, industrial, government and institutional customers year-round. Clintar’s franchise system is one of the largest in Canada, made up of more than 25 franchise operations and over 1,000 employees franchise-wide. The company ranked No. 3 on Snow Magazine's 2020 Top 100 list.

Based in Quebec, TruNet was founded in 2017 to expand Clintar’s national coverage, providing the same commercial outdoor services through a network of more than 200 service providers across Canada. Through the combination of Clintar’s franchise network and TruNet’s network partner system, the combined company is a single point of contact for customers’ snow management and landscaping needs across Canada.

Riverside’s investment in Clintar is the most recent example of the firm’s commitment to its Franchising specialization. Riverside focus is the smaller end of the middle market. According to AltAssets, Riverside has made more than 650 investments since 1988 as part of its private equity and structured capital strategies. It focuses on backing growing businesses valued at up to $400M.

Mike Zawacki is editor of Snow Magazine.