Babson Capital is an investment management and advisory firm based in Boston, Massachusetts. In addition to its other investment vehicles, Babson invests in mezzanine, distressed, and private equity transactions. Babson targets potential transactions valued between $50 and $300 million. The Firm commits between $10 and $40 million for mezzanine capital needs and between $3 and $15 million for private equity investments. Sectors of interest include manufacturing, business services, distribution, consumer products, consumer services, food products, packaging, and healthcare. Babson will consider opportunities in the US, Europe, and Asia.
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Barings’ most common sectors for investment are packaging (8%) and consumer products (8%). The Firm’s most common investment types include secondary buyout (46%) and buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (36%). In total, Barings has invested in 22 US states and 3 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2009 when it acquired Drew Marine for $120M.
In the last 3 years, Barings has exited 8 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (64%). Barings’ largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2015 when it sold Citadel Plastics Holdings for $800M.
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