Brynwood Partners Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Profile

In the last 3 years, Brynwood Partners has acquired 2 companies.

Brynwood Partners’ most common sectors for investment are food (43%) and consumer products (20%). The Firm’s most common investment types include divestiture (43%) and buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (39%). In total, Brynwood Partners has invested in 11 US states and 2 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2018 when it acquired Hometown Food for $375M.

In the last 3 years, Brynwood Partners has exited 3 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (53%). Brynwood Partners’ largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2016 when it sold High Ridge Brands for $415M.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity38
    • M&A Buy Activity21
    • M&A Sell Activity17
  • Total Sectors Invested 7
  • Total Countries Invested 2
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 15
  • M&A Advisors 3

Brynwood Partners

8 Sound Shore Drive, Suite 265,
Greenwich, Connecticut 06830
United States
(203) 622-1790
www.brynwoodpartners.com
info@brynwoodpartners.com

Brynwood Partners is a private equity firm that makes control investments in lower mid-market companies. The Firm has a preference for companies that are underperforming and/or undervalued, failed leveraged buy-outs or businesses that are under-financed and in need of an equity infusion. Target sectors include consumer products, light manufacturing in low capital intensive industries, service businesses and specialty retail companies. The Firm looks for opportunities valued between $25 and $125 million. Brynwood was formed in 1984 and is based in Greenwich, Connecticut.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Consumer Products, Consumer Services, Food, Machinery, Manufacturing, Packaging, Retail, Technology Hardware, Transportation

Target Transaction Types: Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI), Consolidation, Divestiture, Special Situations/Distressed, Stake Purchase

Geographic Preferences: East US, Midwest US, South US, West US

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue 50 500
Target EBITDA - 100
Investment Size - 130
Enterprise Value 50 500
values in millions of USD

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 T
Buy (0.6/yr) # 18 1 1 1 - - 21
vol $375M $375M
Sell (1.0/yr) # 12 1 2 1 1 - 17
vol $221M $415M $303M $939M
  38

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Joseph's Pasta Co. 2019-10-23 - Secondary Buyout
Haverhill, Massachusetts · www.josephsgourmetpasta.com
Pearson Candy Co. 2018-11-01 - Secondary Buyout
St. Paul, Minnesota · www.pearsonscandy.com
Hometown Food Co. 2018-07-09 375M USD Divestiture
Chicago, Illinois · www.hometownfoodcompany.com
Back to Nature Foods Company LLC 2017-08-20 163M USD Add-on Acquisition
Madison, Wisconsin · www.backtonaturefoods.com
Cold Spring Brewing Co. Inc. 2017-08-04 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Cold Spring, Minnesota · www.coldspringbrewery.com
Lightlife Foods, Inc. 2017-02-21 140M USD Add-on Acquisition
Turners Falls, Massachusetts · www.lightlife.com
High Ridge Brands Co. 2016-05-17 415M USD Secondary Buyout
Stamford, Connecticut · www.highridgebrands.com
Sunny Delight Beverages Co. 2016-01-14 - Secondary Buyout
Cincinnati, Ohio · www.sunnyd.com
IJS Global, Inc. 2015-10-15 - Add-on Acquisition
Stamford, Connecticut · www.ijsglobal.com
Harvest Hill Beverage Co. 2014-07-02 - Divestiture
Stamford, Connecticut · www.harvesthill.com
View All >>

Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Hometown Food Co. 2018-07-09 Arrowhead Mills, Inc. 2019-10-08 2
Chicago, Illinois · www.hometownfoodcompany.com Hereford, Texas · www.arrowheadmills.com
Hometown Food Co. 2018-07-09 nSpired Natural Foods, Inc. 2019-10-08 1
Chicago, Illinois · www.hometownfoodcompany.com San Leandro, California · www.sunspire.com
Cold Spring Brewing Co. Inc. 2017-08-04 Carolina Beverage Group LLC (CBG) 2018-05-16 1
Cold Spring, Minnesota · www.coldspringbrewery.com Mooresville, North Carolina · www.carolinabeer.com
Harvest Hill Beverage Co. 2014-07-02 Nestlé HealthCare Nutrition, Inc. - Nutrament Business 2016-12-07 2
Stamford, Connecticut · www.harvesthill.com Florham Park, New Jersey
Harvest Hill Beverage Co. 2014-07-02 American Beverage Corp. 2015-03-09 1
Stamford, Connecticut · www.harvesthill.com Verona, Pennsylvania · www.ambev.com

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Food 1 (25%) 375M (100%) 9 (43%) 375M (100%)
Consumer Products - - 4 (19%) -
Beverages 3 (75%) - 3 (14%) -
Packaging - - 2 (10%) -
Building Materials - - 1 (5%) -
Consumer Services - - 1 (5%) -
Transportation - - 1 (5%) -
Total 4 $375M 21 $375M

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United States 4 (100%) 375M (100%) 20 (95%) 375M (100%)
  Connecticut 1 (25%) - 4 (19%) -
  Massachusetts - - 4 (19%) -
  New York - - 3 (14%) -
  Minnesota 1 (25%) - 2 (10%) -
  Illinois 1 (25%) 375M (100%) 1 (5%) 375M (100%)
  Ohio 1 (25%) - 1 (5%) -
  Wisconsin - - 1 (5%) -
  Virginia - - 1 (5%) -
  Pennsylvania - - 1 (5%) -
  California - - 1 (5%) -
Netherlands - - 1 (5%) -
Domestic 4 (100%) 375M (100%) 20 (95%) 375M (100%)
Cross-border - - 1 (5%) -
Total 4 $375M 21 $375M

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Divestiture 2 (50%) 375M (100%) 9 (43%) 375M (100%)
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 1 (25%) - 8 (38%) -
Acquisition Financing - - 1 (5%) -
Consolidation - - 1 (5%) -
Secondary Buyout 1 (25%) - 1 (5%) -
Stake Purchase - - 1 (5%) -
Total 4 $375M 21 $375M

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Secondary Sale 7 (41%) 415M (44%)
Trade Sale 5 (29%) 221M (24%)
Trade Sale - Public Company 4 (24%) 303M (32%)
Unknown 1 (6%) -
Total 17 $939M

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Houlihan Lokey
1
Legal Deals
Dickstein Shapiro LLP
1
Holland & Knight LLP
1

Deal Values

buy # Total
$100M to $1B 1 $375M
TOTAL $375M
Largest Hometown Food Co.
$375M (2018-07-09)
sell # Total
$100M to $1B 4 $939M
TOTAL $939M
Largest High Ridge Brands Co.
$415M (2016-05-17)

M&A Connections

Deals %
Acquired from
PE Firm(s)
17%
1 17%
Strategic(s)
83%
5 83%
Exited to
PE Firm(s)
50%
9 50%
Strategic(s)
50%
9 50%

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