CITIC Capital Partners is the private equity arm of financial services/asset manager CITIC Group. CITIC separates its private equity investment activity into three groups; China, Japan, and the US. In general CITIC looks to invest in companies with 'strong franchises', with established brands and high barriers to entry. For US based opportunities, CITIC looks to leverage its connections in China. Broad areas of interest include niche manufacturing, consumer products, and business services. The Firm does not invest in start-ups or distressed businesses. In addition to investing in private equity transactions, CITIC also makes real estate investments in China. CITIC Capital Partners is based in Hong Kong.
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In the last 3 years, CITIC Capital Partners has acquired 5 companies.
CITIC Capital Partners’ most common sectors for investment are manufacturing (15%) and machinery (9%). The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (42%) and secondary buyout (27%). In total, CITIC Capital Partners has invested in 7 US states and 9 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2012 when it acquired Focus Media Holding for $3.7B.
In the last 3 years, CITIC Capital Partners has exited 8 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (70%). CITIC Capital Partners’ largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2015 when it sold Stackpole International for $659M.
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