CHS Capital (formerly Code Hennessy & Simmons) is a large private equity firm that targets US based company investments in a variety of sectors. CHS will consider both control and non-control positions in businesses with proven management and strong growth potential. Broad sectors of interest include business services, consumer services, consumer products, distribution, industrial products and infrastructure. The Firm looks for businesses valued from $75 to $300 million. CHS will not invest in venture opportunities or turnaround situations. CHS was formed in 1988 and is based in Chicago, Illinois.
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CHS Capital’s most common sectors for investment are distribution (21%) and business services (12%). The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (49%) and secondary buyout (33%). In total, CHS Capital has invested in 18 US states. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2004 when it acquired AMF Bowling Worldwide for $670M.
In the last 3 years, CHS Capital has exited 5 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is secondary buyout (46%). CHS Capital’s largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2010 when it sold The Hillman Companies for $815M.
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