Nick Campbell, Managing Partner

Nick is a Managing Partner of MERU. He specializes in identifying and addressing operational and organizational issues for distressed companies across a variety of industries.

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Size of Company
Industry
Role and Impact
$400M
Retailer

Served as Chief Restructuring Officer, led the company (an outdoor equipment and apparel retailer) through a private sale to a U.K. based specialty retailer. Recipient of the Turnaround Management Association’s Mid-size Transaction of the Year award.

$400M
CPG Manufaturer

As deputy CRO and acting CFO, consolidated underutilized facilities; identified & implemented sale process of non-core assets totaling $12M; shut down unprofitable divisions to save $8M annually; reduced inventory levels by over 30%; enhanced forecasting & reporting capabilities; implemented cost controls; improved working capital by approximately $5M; and paid down approximately $73M in debt.

$100M
Aerospace Advanced Manufacturer

Served as CRO of the global aerospace company, assisted with evaluating and executing several strategic alternatives which resulted in an out of court sales transaction to a consortium of investors led by Carlyle, GSO and Ares.

$1B
Pharmaceuticals Company

Served as CRO of the NASDAQ biopharmaceutical company committed to developing and commercializing innovative anti-bacterials to treat multi-drug resistant (MDR) infections. Advised company on financial restructuring, liquidity management, and evaluation of strategic alternatives.

$1B
Renewable Energy Manufacturer

Implemented a cash forecasting model and developed a new transformative business model that was later implemented by the new private equity owner.

$365M
National Healthcare Textile Company

Identified approximately $11 million in annualized EBITDA opportunities; rebuilt the collections department resulting in a 50% reduction of ineligible receivables; and negotiated consensual customer agreements to pay down large outstanding receivables balances.

$400M
Packaging Distributor

Developed long-term strategic plan for distressed business with declining top line revenue. Identified $7 million of EBITDA opportunities through operational improvements related to G&A reductions, inventory management, warehouse utilization, and shipping.

$2.7B
Auto Parts Manufacturer

Served as financial advisor to global industrials company operating primarily out of Europe, Americas and Asia.  Assisted management and the board with vendor management, liquidity forecasting and stakeholder communications.

$3B
Paper & Packaging Manufacturer

Company side advisor on successful Chapter 11 reorganization which included stakeholder negotiation, vendor management, capital expenditure allocation and hypothetical liquidation analysis.

$200M
Financial Services Provider

Served as financial advisor to a payday lender operating 254 locations in 11 states. Developed and implemented internal cash controls; created a 13-week cash flow projection; and assisted in analyzing and assessing the viability of the company’s new business model.

$200M
Public REIT

Served as financial advisor to large property management company.  Increased liquidity by 100% through a series of operational and working capital initiatives.  As a result, the Company was allowed more time to explore and execute and out of court sale transaction.

$220M
Hospitality Product Supplier

$9.0M of cost savings identified within logistics, warehousing and SG&A by redesigning existing asset layouts, leveraging operational practices and renegotiating supplier contracts.

$100M
Rural Telecom / Broadband Operator

Served as financial advisor to a $40M EBITDA provider of telephone, broadband and cable services to rural America.  Conducted a review of the business, identified performance improvement opportunities and evaluated strategic options.

$700M
Construction Contractor

Assisted the Company with evaluating strategic alternatives for large heavy civil, industrial, traditional power, and renewal energy projects.

$1.2B
National Homebuilder

Filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy; assisted with negotiating debt discount; emerged successfully as a going concern.

<$100M
Gaming Manufacturer

Served as financial advisor to a Class II slot machine OEM. Developed a long-term strategic plan and 13-week cash flow projection.

$1B
IT Consulting and Services Company

Reviewed business plan, assessed liquidity (including cash repatriation implications) and analyzed certain high value fixed price contracts.

Public Sector
Department of Education

Served as a member of the team who was the Third-Party Financial Fiduciary to the board of education. Assisted with cash management, procurement, financial reporting, and compliance.

Nick Campbell
Managing Partner
Atlanta