Friend Skoler Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Firm Profile

Friend Skoler’s most common sectors for investment areconsumer products (25%) and consumer services (17%) . The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (59%) and growth capital (34%). In total, Friend Skoler has invested in 10 US states.

In the last 3 years, Friend Skoler has exited 1 company. The Firm’s most common exit type is secondary buyout (56%). Friend Skoler’s largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2003 when it sold Woodstream for $100M.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity21
    • M&A Buy Activity12
    • M&A Sell Activity9
  • Total Sectors Invested 8
  • Total Countries Invested 1
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 8

Friend Skoler

Friend Skoler & Co. LLC

West Caldwell, New Jersey 07007
United States
(201) 712-0075
www.friendskoler.com
mail@friendskoler.com

Friend Skoler is a private equity firm that invests in profitable middle-market companies across a range of industries. The Firm looks to commit $10 to $100 million of equity capital in businesses valued between $3 and $20 million. Generally, target companies have at least $10 million in sales and $1 million of EBIT. Sectors of interest include manufacturing, distribution, business services, direct marketing, e-commerce, event photography, digital imaging, retail and branded consumer products companies. The Firm will consider transactions ranging from buyouts and recapitalizations to expansion and acquisition financings. Friend Skoler was formed in 1998 and is based in Saddle Brook, New Jersey.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Apparel/Textiles, Automotive, Business Services, Consumer Products, Consumer Services, Digital Media, Distribution, E-Commerce, Food, Machinery, Manufacturing, Marketing, Plastics, Retail, Staffing

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

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

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue 10 -
Target EBITDA 1 -
Investment Size 3 20
Enterprise Value 10 100
values in millions of USD

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '19 '20 '21 '22 '23 '24 T
Buy (0.0/yr) # 12 - - - - - 12
Sell (0.2/yr) # 8 - - 1 - - 9
vol $100M $100M
  21

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Salon Lofts Group LLC 2022-11-30 - Secondary Sale
Columbus, Ohio · www.salonlofts.com
Iconic Group, Inc. 2018-05-25 - Secondary Sale
Atlanta, Georgia · www.iconicgroup.com
PetMatrix LLC 2017-05-15 - Trade Sale
Saddle Book, New Jersey · www.petmatrix.net
HEX Performance 2017-04-01 - Growth Capital
Baltimore, Maryland · www.hexperformance.com
Banza LLC 2017-03-01 - Growth Capital
Detroit, Michigan · www.eatbanza.com
Ballet Jewels LLC 2014-09-05 - Trade Sale
New York, New York · www.balletjewels.com
PetMatrix LLC 2012-08-31 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Saddle Book, New Jersey · www.petmatrix.net
Salon Lofts Group LLC 2012-03-08 - Growth Capital
Columbus, Ohio · www.salonlofts.com
Hopkins Manufacturing Corp. 2011-06-17 - Secondary Sale
Emporia, Kansas · www.hopkinsmfg.com
Accessories Marketing, Inc. 2010-04-01 - Trade Sale
San Luis Obispo, California · www.slime.com
View All >>

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Consumer Products 1 (50%) - 3 (25%) -
Consumer Services - - 2 (17%) -
Food 1 (50%) - 2 (17%) -
Apparel/Textiles - - 1 (8%) -
Automotive - - 1 (8%) -
Business Services - - 1 (8%) -
Manufacturing - - 1 (8%) -
Marketing - - 1 (8%) -
Total 2 - 12 -

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United States 2 (100%) - 12 (100%) -
  New York - - 2 (17%) -
  Ohio - - 2 (17%) -
  Michigan 1 (50%) - 1 (8%) -
  Maryland 1 (50%) - 1 (8%) -
  New Jersey - - 1 (8%) -
  Kansas - - 1 (8%) -
  Illinois - - 1 (8%) -
  Georgia - - 1 (8%) -
  California - - 1 (8%) -
  Pennsylvania - - 1 (8%) -
Total 2 - 12 -

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) - - 7 (58%) -
Growth Capital 2 (100%) - 4 (33%) -
Secondary Buyout - - 1 (8%) -
Total 2 - 12 -

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Secondary Sale 5 (56%) 100M (100%)
Trade Sale 3 (33%) -
Trade Sale - Public Company 1 (11%) -
Total 9 $100M

Deal Values

sell # Total
< $100M 1 $100M
TOTAL $100M
Largest Woodstream Corp.
$100M (2003-06-18)

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Investor(s)
8%
1 (8%)
Exited to
Investor(s)
56%
5 (56%)
Strategic(s)
44%
4 (44%)

FAQ

When was Friend Skoler founded?

Friend Skoler was founded in 1998.

What type of investor is Friend Skoler?

Friend Skoler is a private equity firm.

Where is Friend Skoler headquartered?

Friend Skoler is headquartered in West Caldwell, New Jersey.

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