Graham Partners Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Profile

In the last 3 years, Graham Partners has acquired 4 companies. It has also invested in 3 others.

Graham Partners’ most common sectors for investment are manufacturing (16%) and building materials (14%). The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (50%) and secondary buyout (25%). In total, Graham Partners has invested in 20 US states and 3 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2006 when it acquired Berry Global for $2.3B.

In the last 3 years, Graham Partners has exited 4 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is secondary buyout (48%). Graham Partners’ largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2011 when it sold Schneller for $289M.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity67
    • M&A Buy Activity44
    • M&A Sell Activity23
  • Total Sectors Invested 17
  • Total Countries Invested 3
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 21
  • M&A Advisors 3

Graham Partners

3811 West Chester Pike, Building 2, Suite 200,
Newtown Square, Pennsylvania 19073
United States
(610) 408-0500
www.grahampartners.net

Graham Partners, Inc. is a private equity that targets middle market industrial and manufacturing companies. The Firm seeks to invest in businesses based in the US and also consider investments in Canada and Western Europe. Graham Partners focuses on strong growth potential companies with high return on invested capital, led by experienced management teams in revenues between $30 - $500 million and EBITDA between $5 million and $50 million. The firm typically invests between $10 million and $100 million in equity and the balance via debt and can invest higher than $100 million through co-investments. Broad areas of interest include building products, water management, medical products, consumer products, packaged food & beverage, packaging, aerospace/defense, agriculture, capital equipment, energy related products, home and outdoor, sports and leisure, and transportation services. Prospective transaction types include MBOs, recapitalization and growth capital financing. Graham Partners, Inc. is an affiliate of The Graham Group was formed in 1988 and is based in Newton Square, Pennsylvania.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Aerospace, Agriculture, Apparel/Textiles, Beverages, Building Materials, Business Services, Construction, Consumer Products, Defense, Electronics, Energy Services and Equipment, Engineering, Environmental, Financial Services, Food, Furniture, Leisure, Machinery, Manufacturing, Medical Products, Metals/Mining, Packaging, Plastics, Renewable Energy, Restaurants, Transportation

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

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

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue 30 500
Target EBITDA 5 50
Investment Size 10 100
Enterprise Value - -
values in millions of USD

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 T
Buy (2.4/yr) # 32 3 3 4 2 - 44
vol $2.7B $2.7B
Sell (1.8/yr) # 14 2 4 3 - - 23
vol $946M $946M
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Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Damping Technologies, Inc. 2019-11-13 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Mishawaka, Indiana · www.damping.com
Gatekeeper Systems, Inc. 2019-10-30 - Secondary Buyout
Irvine, California · www.gatekeepersystems.com
Universal Pure LLC 2018-11-27 - Secondary Buyout
Villa Rica, Georgia · www.universalpure.com
The Atlas Group 2018-10-09 - Secondary Buyout
Wichita, Kansas · www.atlasgroupaero.com
Advanced Barrier Extrusions LLC 2018-08-15 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Rhinelander, Wisconsin · www.abx-films.com
Nuconic Packaging LLC 2018-08-09 - Secondary Buyout
Vernon, California · www.nuconicpackaging.com
Medbio, Inc. 2018-07-18 - Growth Capital
Grand Rapids, Michigan · www.medbioinc.com
Myers Emergency Power Systems LLC 2018-07-09 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania · www.myerseps.com
Comar LLC 2018-06-19 - Recapitalization
Voorhees, New Jersey · www.comar.com
OptConnect 2017-12-12 - Growth Capital
Kaysville, Utah · www.OptConnect.com
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Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Myers Emergency Power Systems LLC 2018-07-09 Low Voltage Systems, Inc. - Business 2019-11-26 1
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania · www.myerseps.com San Leandro, California
Advanced Barrier Extrusions LLC 2018-08-15 Flexographic Packaging Co. - Business 2019-11-25 1
Rhinelander, Wisconsin · www.abx-films.com Waupun, Wisconsin
BrightPet Nutrition Group LLC 2016-04-28 Phoebe Products LLC 2018-03-29 3
Lisbon, Ohio · www.brightpetnutrition.com Kiel, Wisconsin · www.phoebeproducts.com
BrightPet Nutrition Group LLC 2016-04-28 Southern Tier Pet Nutrition LLC 2016-04-28 2
Lisbon, Ohio · www.brightpetnutrition.com Sherburne, New York
BrightPet Nutrition Group LLC 2016-04-28 Ohio Pet Foods, Inc. 2016-04-28 1
Lisbon, Ohio · www.brightpetnutrition.com Lisbon, Ohio · www.ohiopetfoods.com
TransAxle LLC 2006-08-28 Remanufacturing assets - FleetPride, Inc. 2015-11-06 2
Cinnaminson, New Jersey · www.transaxle.com St. Paul, Minnesota
HB&G Building Products, Inc. 1998-02-01 Crown Column & Millwork Company LLC 2015-11-06 2
Troy, Alabama · www.hbgcolumns.com Attalla, Alabama · www.crowncolumn.com
Desser Tire & Rubber Co. 2014-08-20 Watts Aviation Services Ltd. 2015-03-18 1
Montebello, California · www.desser.com Lydney, United Kingdom · www.wattsaviation.co.uk
Scandia Plastics, Inc. 2012-10-12 Paradigm Packaging, Inc. 2013-12-20 1
Sheboygan, Wisconsin · www.scandiaplastics.com Saddlebrook, New Jersey · www.paradigmpackaging.com
LINE-X, Inc. 2005-08-23 Ground Effects Ltd. 2012-07-04 2
Huntsville, Alabama · www.linex.com Windsor, Ontario · www.gfxltd.com

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Manufacturing 2 (10%) - 7 (16%) -
Plastics 2 (10%) - 6 (14%) 2.3B (83%)
Building Materials 2 (10%) - 6 (14%) -
Packaging 4 (20%) - 4 (9%) -
Aerospace 1 (5%) - 3 (7%) -
Food 2 (10%) - 3 (7%) -
Chemicals 2 (10%) 465M (100%) 2 (5%) 465M (17%)
Business Services 2 (10%) - 2 (5%) -
Electronics - - 2 (5%) -
Technology Hardware 1 (5%) - 2 (5%) -
Automotive - - 1 (2%) -
Distribution - - 1 (2%) -
Electrical Equipment 1 (5%) - 1 (2%) -
Financial Services - - 1 (2%) -
Machinery 1 (5%) - 1 (2%) -
Medical Products - - 1 (2%) -
Metals/Mining - - 1 (2%) -
Total 20 $465M 44 $2.7B

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United States 20 (100%) 465M (100%) 42 (95%) 2.7B (100%)
  California 5 (25%) - 9 (20%) -
  Pennsylvania 3 (15%) - 6 (14%) -
  Alabama 2 (10%) 465M (100%) 2 (5%) 465M (17%)
  Wisconsin 2 (10%) - 2 (5%) -
  Indiana 1 (5%) - 2 (5%) 2.3B (83%)
  Utah 1 (5%) - 2 (5%) -
  Ohio 1 (5%) - 2 (5%) -
  New Jersey 1 (5%) - 2 (5%) -
  Kansas - - 2 (5%) -
  Georgia - - 2 (5%) -
  Florida - - 2 (5%) -
  Washington 1 (5%) - 1 (2%) -
  Nebraska 1 (5%) - 1 (2%) -
  Michigan 1 (5%) - 1 (2%) -
  Massachusetts 1 (5%) - 1 (2%) -
  Texas - - 1 (2%) -
  Nevada - - 1 (2%) -
  Illinois - - 1 (2%) -
  Connecticut - - 1 (2%) -
  Arizona - - 1 (2%) -
Canada - - 1 (2%) -
  Ontario - - 1 (2%) -
Japan - - 1 (2%) -
Domestic 20 (100%) 465M (100%) 42 (95%) 2.7B (100%)
Cross-border - - 2 (5%) -
Total 20 $465M 44 $2.7B

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 11 (55%) 465M (100%) 22 (50%) 465M (17%)
Secondary Buyout 4 (20%) - 11 (25%) 2.3B (83%)
Growth Capital 3 (15%) - 4 (9%) -
Consolidation 1 (5%) - 3 (7%) -
Recapitalization 1 (5%) - 3 (7%) -
Stake Purchase - - 1 (2%) -
Total 20 $465M 44 $2.7B

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Secondary Sale 11 (48%) -
Trade Sale 6 (26%) 451M (48%)
Trade Sale - Public Company 2 (9%) 495M (52%)
IPO 2 (9%) -
Bankruptcy 1 (4%) -
Recapitalization 1 (4%) -
Total 23 $946M

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Harris Williams & Co.
1
BB&T Capital Markets
1
Lincoln International
1

Deal Values

buy # Total
> $1B 1 $2.3B
$100M to $1B 1 $465M
TOTAL $2.7B
Largest Berry Global, Inc.
$2.3B (2006-06-28)
sell # Total
$100M to $1B 3 $784M
< $100M 2 $162M
TOTAL $946M
Largest Schneller, Inc.
$289M (2011-09-01)

M&A Connections

Deals %
Acquired from
PE Firm(s)
100%
17 100%
Exited to
PE Firm(s)
63%
12 63%
Strategic(s)
37%
7 37%

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