American Securities is a large private equity firm that typically partners with management when pursuing middle-market company acquisitions. American typically looks for US based companies generating sales of $500 million to $2 billion. Areas of interest include consumer products, restaurants, healthcare, industrial, aerospace, defense, agriculture, environmental, paper/packaging, energy, and specialty chemicals. American Securities maintains a dedicated 'Resources Group' to help portfolio companies improve operations. The Firm was originally formed in 1947 as the family office for William Rosenwald, an heir to the Sears Roebuck & Company, and began accepting outside investors in 1994. American Securities maintains offices in New York City and Shanghai.
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In the last 3 years, American Securities has acquired 5 companies. It has also invested in 1 other.
American Securities’ most common sectors for investment are chemicals (11%) and automotive (8%). The Firm’s most common investment types include secondary buyout (43%) and buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (38%). In total, American Securities has invested in 25 US states and 2 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2017 when it acquired Air Methods for $2.5B.
In the last 3 years, American Securities has exited 10 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (42%). American Securities’ largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2015 when it sold Arizona Chemical for $1.4B.
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