Friend Skoler Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Profile

In the last 3 years, Friend Skoler has invested in 2 companies.

Friend Skoler’s most common sectors for investment are consumer 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 2 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (50%). 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 Activity20
    • M&A Buy Activity12
    • M&A Sell Activity8
  • Total Sectors Invested 8
  • Total Countries Invested 1
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 8

Friend Skoler & Co.

160 Pehle Avenue, Suite 303,
Saddle Brook, New Jersey 07663
United States
(201) 712-0075
www.friendskoler.com
mail@friendskoler.com

Friend Skoler & Co. 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 & Co. 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 ≤ '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 T
Buy (0.4/yr) # 10 - 2 - - - 12
Sell (0.4/yr) # 6 - 1 1 - - 8
vol $100M $100M
  20

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Iconic Group, Inc. 2018-05-25 - Secondary Buyout
Atlanta, Georgia · www.iconicgroup.com
PetMatrix LLC 2017-05-15 - Add-on Acquisition
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 - Add-on Acquisition
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 2012-03-08 - Growth Capital
Columbus, Ohio · www.salonlofts.com
Hopkins Manufacturing Corp. 2011-06-17 - Secondary Buyout
Emporia, Kansas · www.hopkinsmfg.com
Accessories Marketing, Inc. (dba Slime) 2010-04-01 - Add-on Acquisition
San Luis Obispo, California · www.slime.com
Iconic Group, Inc. 2007-06-04 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Atlanta, Georgia · www.iconicgroup.com
View All >>

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Consumer Products 1 (33%) - 3 (25%) -
Consumer Services 1 (33%) - 2 (17%) -
Food 1 (33%) - 2 (17%) -
Apparel/Textiles - - 1 (8%) -
Automotive - - 1 (8%) -
Business Services - - 1 (8%) -
Manufacturing - - 1 (8%) -
Marketing - - 1 (8%) -
Total 3 - 12 -

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United States 3 (100%) - 12 (100%) -
  Ohio 1 (33%) - 2 (17%) -
  New York - - 2 (17%) -
  Michigan 1 (33%) - 1 (8%) -
  Maryland 1 (33%) - 1 (8%) -
  Pennsylvania - - 1 (8%) -
  New Jersey - - 1 (8%) -
  Kansas - - 1 (8%) -
  Illinois - - 1 (8%) -
  Georgia - - 1 (8%) -
  California - - 1 (8%) -
Total 3 - 12 -

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) - - 7 (58%) -
Growth Capital 3 (100%) - 4 (33%) -
Secondary Buyout - - 1 (8%) -
Total 3 - 12 -

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Secondary Sale 4 (50%) 100M (100%)
Trade Sale 3 (38%) -
Trade Sale - Public Company 1 (13%) -
Total 8 $100M

Deal Values

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

M&A Connections

Deals %
Acquired from
PE Firm(s)
100%
1 100%
Exited to
PE Firm(s)
60%
6 60%
Strategic(s)
40%
4 40%

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