Brentwood Associates is a private equity firm focused on long-term investments in middle-market growth companies. Brentwood typically targets investments in consumer-related businesses. Specific areas of interest include action sports/outdoor lifestyle products, business services, consumer products/services, direct marketing, distribution, education, health/wellness, marketing services, specialty media, specialty retail, and sporting goods. Brentwood's preferred equity investment size is $20 to $75 million in businesses valued up to $400 million. Brentwood Associates was formed in 1972 and is based in Los Angeles.
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In the last 3 years, Brentwood Associates has acquired 2 companies. It has also invested in 3 others.
Brentwood Associates’ most common sectors for investment are apparel/textiles (18%) and restaurants (18%). The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (45%) and secondary buyout (24%). In total, Brentwood Associates has invested in 16 US states and 4 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 1998 when it acquired Bell Sports for $215M.
In the last 3 years, Brentwood Associates has exited 3 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (35%). Brentwood Associates’ largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2016 when it sold Allen Edmonds for $255M.
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