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.
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In the last 3 years, Castanea Partners has acquired 1 company. It has also invested in 5 others.
Castanea Partners’ most common sectors for investment are consumer products (34%) and apparel/textiles (19%). The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (52%) and growth capital (38%). In total, Castanea Partners has invested in 15 US states. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2004 when it acquired Decision Resources for $58M.
In the last 3 years, Castanea Partners has exited 2 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (55%). Castanea Partners’ largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2010 when it sold Medley Global Advisors for $563M.
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