ClearLight Partners Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Profile

In the last 3 years, ClearLight Partners has acquired 1 company. It has also invested in 4 others.

ClearLight Partners’ most common sectors for investment are consumer products (19%) and business services (14%). The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (32%) and secondary buyout (32%). In total, ClearLight Partners has invested in 12 US states.

In the last 3 years, ClearLight Partners has exited 4 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (50%). ClearLight Partners’ largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2008 when it sold U.S. Education for $290M.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity30
    • M&A Buy Activity22
    • M&A Sell Activity8
  • Total Sectors Invested 14
  • Total Countries Invested 1
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 9
  • M&A Advisors 6

ClearLight Partners

100 Bayview Circle, Suite 5000,
Newport Beach, California 92660
United States
(949) 725-6610
www.clearlightpartners.com
mpg@clearlightpartners.com

ClearLight Partners LLC is a private equity firm that invests in mid-sized companies with strong cash-flow margins and limited capital intensity. ClearLight looks for US and Canadian headquartered companies with annual revenues between $20 and $250 million and EBITDA of $4 and $15 million. ClearLight targets investments across a broad range of industries with a particular interest in specialty manufacturing and distribution, business services, education and training, healthcare services, specialty finance, and consumer products and services. The Firm's target investment size is $10 to $50 million per transaction. ClearLight Partners was formed in 2000 and is based in Newport Beach, California.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Apparel/Textiles, Business Services, Consumer Products, Consumer Services, Defense, Distribution, Education, Financial Services, Healthcare Services, Information Technology, Manufacturing, Marketing

Target Transaction Types: Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI), Consolidation, Growth Capital, Recapitalization

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

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue 20 250
Target EBITDA 4 15
Investment Size 10 50
Enterprise Value - -
values in millions of USD

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 T
Buy (1.0/yr) # 17 - 1 2 1 1 22
Sell (0.8/yr) # 4 - 1 2 1 - 8
vol $440M $58M $498M
  30

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
ICS Solutions Group 2020-05-08 - Growth Capital
Syracuse, New York · www.icsnewyork.com
Handel’s Ice Cream 2019-11-25 - Growth Capital
Youngstown, Ohio · www.handelsicecream.com
The Richardson Co. 2019-11-22 - Merger
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania · www.richardson.com
Pure Health Solutions, Inc. 2018-12-18 58M USD Add-on Acquisition
Vernon Hills,, Idaho · www.purewatertech.com
Austin Fitness Group 2018-09-01 - Recapitalization
Austin, Texas
Taymax Fitness Holdings LLC 2018-08-01 - Secondary Buyout
Belmont, New Hampshire
Paul Fredrick 2018-01-02 - Growth Capital
Fleetwood, Pennsylvania · www.paulfredrick.com
Moore Landscapes LLC 2017-05-18 - Growth Capital
Northbrook, Illinois · www.moorelandscapes.com
Consumer Safety Technology LLC 2017-03-02 - Secondary Buyout
Des Moines, Iowa · www.intoxalock.com
Walker Advertising LLC 2015-09-11 - Growth Capital
Torrance, California · www.walkeradvertising.com
View All >>

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Consumer Products 2 (25%) - 4 (18%) -
Business Services 1 (13%) - 3 (14%) -
Consumer Services 1 (13%) - 3 (14%) -
Education - - 2 (9%) -
Apparel/Textiles 1 (13%) - 1 (5%) -
Beverages - - 1 (5%) -
Construction - - 1 (5%) -
Defense 1 (13%) - 1 (5%) -
Electrical Equipment - - 1 (5%) -
Information Technology 1 (13%) - 1 (5%) -
Manufacturing - - 1 (5%) -
Marketing 1 (13%) - 1 (5%) -
Technology Hardware - - 1 (5%) -
Test/Measurement Equipment - - 1 (5%) -
Total 8 - 22 -

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United States 8 (100%) - 22 (100%) -
  California 2 (25%) - 6 (27%) -
  Illinois 2 (25%) - 3 (14%) -
  Pennsylvania 1 (13%) - 2 (9%) -
  Ohio 1 (13%) - 2 (9%) -
  New York 1 (13%) - 2 (9%) -
  Texas 1 (13%) - 1 (5%) -
  Iowa - - 1 (5%) -
  Idaho - - 1 (5%) -
  Washington - - 1 (5%) -
  New Hampshire - - 1 (5%) -
  Nevada - - 1 (5%) -
  Missouri - - 1 (5%) -
Total 8 - 22 -

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 1 (13%) - 7 (32%) -
Secondary Buyout 1 (13%) - 7 (32%) -
Growth Capital 5 (63%) - 5 (23%) -
Recapitalization 1 (13%) - 2 (9%) -
Acquisition Financing - - 1 (5%) -
Total 8 - 22 -

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Secondary Sale 3 (38%) -
Trade Sale - Public Company 2 (25%) 290M (58%)
Trade Sale 2 (25%) 208M (42%)
Merger 1 (13%) -
Total 8 $498M

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Danu Capital Group
1
Houlihan Lokey
1
Robert W. Baird & Co., Inc.
1
Legal Deals
Armstrong Teasdale LLP
2
Latham & Watkins
1

Deal Values

sell # Total
$100M to $1B 2 $440M
< $100M 1 $58M
TOTAL $498M
Largest U.S. Education Corp. (dba Carrington Colleges Group, Inc.)
$290M (2008-09-18)

M&A Connections

Deals %
Acquired from
PE Firm(s)
100%
9 100%
Exited to
PE Firm(s)
38%
3 38%
Strategic(s)
63%
5 63%

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