We no longer support this browser. Using a supported browser will provide a better experience.

Please update your browser.

Close browser message

Treasury and Payments

Improve your working capital, reduce fraud and minimize the impact of unexpected disruptions with our treasury solutions—from digital portals to integrated payables and receivables—all designed to make your operations smoother and more efficient.

Learn more about our treasury solutions:

Credit and Financing

Prepare for future growth with customized loan services, succession planning and capital for business equipment or technology.

Learn more about our credit and financing solutions:

Commercial Real Estate

Get the strategic support to be successful throughout market and real estate cycles with insights, hands-on service, comprehensive financial solutions and unrivaled certainty of execution.

Learn more about our commercial real estate solutions:

International Banking

Global opportunities mean global challenges. But real success means understanding the local markets you serve—which is why we bring the business solutions, insights and market perspective you need. 

Learn more about our international banking solutions:

Heavy Equipment Distribution

Fleet Refinancing Funds Expansion

Since 1939, Mears Transportation has been growing its fleet in Orlando to include buses, trolleys, shuttles and luxury vehicle services. Learn how they quickly established a refinance in 2018 to fund an even wider expansion.


 

Mears Transportation operates a fleet of buses, trolleys and shuttle vans in Orlando, Florida. The company is active in the tourism and theme park business, running the Disney Magical Express and Universal Studios routes.

 

What Was the Challenge?

Founded in 1939 by Paul Mears Sr. with three taxicabs, Mears Transportation had grown its fleet to provide Orlando with taxi, shuttle, motorcoach and luxury vehicle service. Mears wanted to continue its expansion and sought:

  • A new private equity partner
  • Term debt
  • A working capital line
  • Flexibility to finance future capital expenditure

The company engaged Commercial Banking in early 2018 with the ambitious goal of achieving its equipment financing solution within the first quarter of the year.

 

What Was Our Solution?

Deal Size: $63 million equipment term loan, of which 50 percent was participated to another bank

Tenor: 5 years

Amortization: 6.5 years 

The client specified that pricing and structure were secondary considerations; the ability to work within a tight timeframe was the deciding factor. The Mears private equity partner was introduced to the firm’s Equipment Finance and banking teams, who stepped up and delivered a streamlined solution. We provided:

  • A five-year, $63 million equipment term loan to refinance the existing fleet
  • A new $28.8 million revolving credit facility
  • A $21 million draw line to finance new buses that were added to the fleet to satisfy contracts with Disney and Universal

 

Key Takeaways

Our banking and Equipment Finance teams partnered to provide a complete solution for Mears and a solid win for the firm. Due to total credit exposure, the banking team requested that Equipment Finance source a 50 percent silent participant.

  • Equipment Finance’s core term loan products were used to create the solution
  • J.P. Morgan brought in an out-of-market syndication partner to manage the overall credit exposure

 

By the Numbers

 

1939

Year founded

1,190

Taxis, buses, trolleys and shuttles used as collateral in the refinance

$63 million

Deal size

Equipment Financing Client Stories

Get in Touch and Stay Informed

icon
Loading...