ACON Investments is an international private equity firm that targets investments in the US, Europe, and Latin America. ACON's investment strategy covers 'opportunities at times of change - responding at points of inflection where value creation is possible'. Examples include businesses that serve the rapidly growing US Hispanic population, energy and energy service needs, businesses in need of operational help, and opportunities in Latin America resulting from economic deregulation and political liberalization. ACON's looks for companies where it can commit $20 to $150 million of equity capital. Target sectors include consumer products and services, distribution, business services and industrial manufacturing. ACON Investments was formed in 1996 and has offices in Washington DC; Houston, Texas; Los Angeles, California; and Madrid, Spain.
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In the last 3 years, ACON Investments has acquired 6 companies. It has also invested in 4 others.
ACON Investments’ most common sectors for investment are retail (14%) and energy services and equipment (12%). The Firm’s most common investment types include growth capital (37%) and buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (30%). In total, ACON Investments has invested in 14 US states and 9 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2004 when it acquired Mariner Energy for $271M.
The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (39%). ACON Investments’ largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2002 when it sold Telemundo Communications Group for $2.7B.
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