FFL Partners (formerly known as Friedman Fleischer & Lowe) is a private equity group focused on majority and minority investments in North American middle-market companies. Prospective businesses generally have revenues of $30 to $400 million and are valued between $50 and $300 million. Target situations include ownership restructurings in closely-held and family-owned companies, management buyouts, PIPEs, growth equity fundings, take privates, special situations, and recapitalizations. Sectors of interest include outsourced business services, education and training, marketing and media, consumer products, healthcare, and financial services. FFL Partners was formed in 1997 and is based in San Francisco.
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FFL Partners’ most common sectors for investment are healthcare services (25%) and financial services (22%). The Firm’s most common investment types include secondary buyout (36%) and buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (25%). In total, FFL Partners has invested in 17 US states and 4 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2010 when it acquired Transtar Industries for $425M.
In the last 3 years, FFL Partners has exited 1 company. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (31%). FFL Partners’ largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2014 when it sold Wilton Re Holdings for $1.8B.
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