Ellipse Capital is a private investment group focused on partnering with management teams to acquire distribution businesses. Ellipse looks to identify companies where the Firm can work with management to expand geographic reach, product/service offerings, and customers. For new company investments, Ellipse seeks to invest $10 to $50 million for controlling positions in businesses valued up to $100 million. Ellipse Capital was formed in 2008 and is based in Chicago.
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Ellipse Capital’s most common sectors for investment are distribution (75%) and apparel/textiles (13%). The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (63%) and secondary buyout (25%). In total, Ellipse Capital has invested in 5 US states and 2 different countries.
In the last 3 years, Ellipse Capital has exited 1 company. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (20%). Ellipse Capital’s largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2010 when it sold The Hillman Companies for $815M.
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