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has been helping lower middle market companies achieve their financial objectives since 1991. With over $3.5 billion in closed transactions, is one of the most successful middle market investment banking firm in the country.
’s Private Equity and Merchant Banking Division invests in corporate assets throughout the United States with a particular emphasis on the Southeast through its Strategic Investment Area (SIA). Investments are made directly, on behalf of and its Affiliates, and in some instances through syndication with other industry investors or individual investors that has a working relationship with. As one of the most active Merchant Banks in the Southeastern United States, the Merchant Banking Division has invested in a portfolio of companies now generating north of $100 million in revenue on an annual basis, and all have been achieving above average returns since 2004.
began making principal investments in 2004, committing the firm's capital to long-term equity investment opportunities generated from the firm's proprietary deal flow and syndication partners. In 2005, began to organize investment partnerships to allow outside investors to participate in private investments with the firm. This activity has since proved to be a very successful investment partnership on many levels and has motivated the Merchant Banking Division to pursue more aggressive investment mandates in the years ahead.
Individual transactions vary considerably in terms of leverage, size, growth rates, assets, and strategy, but can be generally categorized as follows:
Growth investments: Investments in promising companies seeking capital to fund further growth through acquisition or expansion
Management buyouts or leveraged build-ups: Investments with experienced managers to purchase the companies they operate or create a platform for acquisitions of related companies
Minority investments: Buying a minority stake in an existing business
Recapitalizations and restructurings: Investments to facilitate the recapitalization or restructuring of attractive businesses or real estate companies and partnerships
’s Merchant Banking Division focuses on smaller, middle-market companies with sales revenue of $5 to $50 million. The principal mandate is for “control” equity investments in later stage companies. The average commitment to any one transaction is anywhere from $1 million to $5 million of capital for each investment.
prefers a long-term approach, focusing on the maximization of value for both its investment partners and a portfolio company's management team