M&A Deal Summary

Castanea Partners and BV Investment Partners Acquire Decision Resources

On January 5, 2004, private equity firms Castanea Partners and BV Investment Partners acquired healthcare services company Decision Resources for 58M USD

Acquisition Highlights
  • This is Castanea Partners’ 1st and BV Investment Partners’ 1st transaction in the Healthcare Services sector.
  • This is Castanea Partners’ and BV Investment Partners’ 2nd largest (disclosed) transaction.
  • This is Castanea Partners’ 3rd and BV Investment Partners’ 7th transaction in the United States.
  • This is Castanea Partners’ 2nd and BV Investment Partners’ 1st transaction in Massachusetts.
Investment Fate
  • Decision Resources was sold to a consortium of financial buyers in 2007.
  • Decision Resources was sold to a publicly-traded strategic buyer in 2012 for 635M USD.

M&A Deal Summary

Date 2004-01-05
Target Decision Resources
Sector Healthcare Services
Buyer(s) Castanea Partners
BV Investment Partners
Deal Type Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Deal Value 58M USD

Target

Decision Resources

Burlington, Massachusetts, United States
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Decision Resources LLC is a provider of research publications, advisory services, and consulting services to help clients shape strategy, allocate resources, and master their chosen markets. Decision Resources was formed in 1990 and is based in Burlington, Massachusetts.

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Buyer(S) 2

Buyer

Castanea Partners

Newton Lower Falls, Massachusetts, United States

Investor Investor Investor Investor Investor

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Category Private Equity Firm
Founded 2001
PE ASSETS 775M USD
Size Middle-Market
Type Sector Agnostic
DESCRIPTION

Castanea Partners is a private equity firm that targets investments in established, small to mid-sized companies valued up to $250 million. The Firm looks for businesses with strong management and significant competitive advantages. Sectors of interest include publishing, information services, education/training, consumer brands, specialty retail, and marketing services. Castanea prefers control investment situations and looks to commit between $15 and $150 million per transaction. Castanea Partners was formed in 2001 and is based in Newton, Massachusetts.


DEAL STATS #
Overall 3 of 30
Sector (Healthcare Services) 1 of 1
Type (Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)) 3 of 10
State (Massachusetts) 2 of 5
Country (United States) 3 of 29
Year (2004) 1 of 3
Size (of disclosed) 1 of 1
PREVIOUS DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2003-01-01 EBG

Dallas, Texas, United States

eatZi’s Market & Bakery is an innovative specialty retailer offering chef-crafted meals, fresh baked goods, and specialty packaged food designed for customers who value both convenience and exceptional food. eatZi's currently operates in four locations; Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, and Rockville, Maryland.

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FOLLOWING DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2004-03-12 Fuze Beverages

Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, United States

Fuze manufactures and markets vitamin infused juice drinks and teas targeted at health conscious consumers. The company's products offer vitamins and minerals and are low in carbohydrates and calories. Over the past two years, the company has grown to more than 50 employees, with over 220 distributors across 48 states and the Caribbean.

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Buyer

BV Investment Partners

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Investor Investor Investor Investor Investor

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Category Private Equity Firm
Founded 1983
PE ASSETS 2.6B USD
Size Large
Type Sector Agnostic
DESCRIPTION

BV Investment Partners is a private equity firm partner with entrepreneurs and families to invest in sound businesses and provide them with significant strategic, operating, and analytical assistance to accelerate the growth of the company through organic initiatives and acquisitions. BV was formed in 1983 and is based in Boston, Massachusetts.


DEAL STATS #
Overall 7 of 56
Sector (Healthcare Services) 1 of 1
Type (Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)) 5 of 18
State (Massachusetts) 1 of 8
Country (United States) 7 of 53
Year (2004) 1 of 2
Size (of disclosed) 2 of 2
PREVIOUS DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2003-01-01 a360media

New York, New York, United States

a360media owns and operates the leading celebrity and health & fitness media brands in the country. The Company's magazines have a combined total circulation of 5.3+ million and reach 32.6+ million men and women each month. Our digital properties reach 50+ million unique visitors and 652+ million page views monthly, and our social media channels reach 56+ million visitors. a360media was formed in 1936 and is based in New York City.

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FOLLOWING DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2004-11-01 Smith Media

Los Angeles, California, United States

Smith Media, LLC (St. Louis, MO) is comprised of six network-affiliated television stations located in Burlington, VT; Utica, NY; Santa Barbara, CA; Anchorage, AK; Fairbanks, AK; and Juneau, AK.

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