M&A Deal Summary

Berkshire Partners Acquires Implus Footcare

On April 30, 2015, private equity firm Berkshire Partners acquired apparel/textiles company Implus Footcare from Trilantic North America

Acquisition Highlights
  • This is Berkshire Partners’ 4th transaction in the Apparel/Textiles sector.
  • This is Berkshire Partners’ 58th transaction in the United States.
  • This is Berkshire Partners’ 3rd transaction in North Carolina.

M&A Deal Summary

Date 2015-04-30
Target Implus Footcare
Sector Apparel/Textiles
Buyer(s) Berkshire Partners
Sellers(s) Trilantic North America
Deal Type Secondary Buyout

Target

Implus Footcare

Durham, North Carolina, United States
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Implus Footcare LLC designs, markets and distributes insoles, foot care devices, traction devices, socks, shoe care products and shoe laces under four primary brand names (Sof Sole, AirPlus, Sof Comfort, Yaktrax and Sneakerballs) and several private-label brands.

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Buyer(S) 1

Buyer

Berkshire Partners

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Investor Investor Investor Investor Investor

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Category Private Equity Firm
Founded 1984
PE ASSETS 16.0B USD
SizeMega
Type Sector Agnostic
DESCRIPTION

Berkshire Partners is a private equity firm focused on investing in businesses with strong management and that lead their respective markets. Berkshire will consider investments in both public and private companies. Prospective transactions for private companies include leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations, growth capital financings, and privatizations. Public company transactions include take-privates, PIPEs, and equity stakes. Berkshire generally looks to invest $50 to $500 million of equity capital per transaction in companies valued up to $2 billion. Sectors of interest include industrial manufacturing, consumer products, retailing, transportation, communications and business services. Berkshire Partners was formed in 1984 and is based in Boston, Massachusetts.


DEAL STATS #
Overall 66 of 88
Sector (Apparel/Textiles) 4 of 5
Type (Secondary Buyout) 9 of 17
State (North Carolina) 3 of 4
Country (United States) 58 of 78
Year (2015) 3 of 5
PREVIOUS DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2015-01-23 Rockport

Canton, Massachusetts, United States

The Rockport Company LLC is a designer and marketer of high-quality comfort footwear for men and women.

Buy -
FOLLOWING DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2015-07-14 The Telx Group

New York City, New York, United States

The Telx Group, Inc. is a data center solution provider fueling infrastructure, interconnection and business progress.

Sell $1.9B

Seller(S) 1

SELLER

Trilantic North America

New York, New York, United States

Investor Investor Investor Investor Investor

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Category Private Equity Firm
Founded 2009
PE ASSETS 9.6B USD
SizeMega
Type Sector Agnostic
DESCRIPTION

Trilantic North America is a mega-sized private equity firm focused on opportunities throughout North America. Trilantic generally invests in large businesses with 'strong market positions, unique franchises, secure and growing market niches or distinctive products and services that command premium prices'. Sectors of interest include business services, consumer, energy, and financial services. The Firm's target investment size is $50 to $300 million in companies valued up to $1 billion. Transaction situations of interest include management buyouts, recapitalizations, growth capital financings, divestitures, new platforms, and generational transfers. Trilantic North America was formed in 2009 through the spin-off of Lehman Brothers' private equity business. The Firm is based in New York City.


DEAL STATS #
Overall 12 of 21
Sector (Apparel/Textiles) 1 of 1
Type (Secondary Buyout) 4 of 6
State (North Carolina) 1 of 1
Country (United States) 12 of 20
Year (2015) 1 of 1
PREVIOUS DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2014-10-08 Highgate

New York, New York, United States

Highgate is a premier operator of hotels. Highgate manages approximately 60 hotel properties and has a significant presence as an operator of full-service hotels in several major markets including Honolulu, Miami, San Francisco and Boston and is the largest operator of hotels in New York City. Headquartered in New York City, Highgate has additional offices in Dallas, Seattle and London.

Buy -
FOLLOWING DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2015-05-12 TRP Energy

Houston, Texas, United States

TRP Energy is an oil and gas company focused on investing in upstream assets that offer attractive risk-adjusted returns across premier US basins. The company's multidisciplinary team employs several strategies, from outright operated asset acquisitions to partnering with deep industry relationships, to source attractive opportunities. TRP Energy's nimble investment approach is rooted in finding value - the company's subsequent operations and development plan seek to unlock that value.

Buy -