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.
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In the last 3 years, Berkshire Partners has acquired 2 companies. It has also invested in 2 others.
Berkshire Partners’ most common sectors for investment are consumer products (11%) and retail (10%). The Firm’s most common investment types include recapitalization (26%) and secondary buyout (17%). In total, Berkshire Partners has invested in 24 US states and 6 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2011 when it acquired Husky International for $2.1B.
In the last 3 years, Berkshire Partners has exited 4 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (37%). Berkshire Partners’ largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2017 when it sold Lightower Fiber Networks for $7.1B.
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