Graham Partners Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Firm Profile

In the last 3 years, Graham Partners has acquired 6 companies. It has also invested in 3 others.

Graham Partners’ most common sectors for investment aremanufacturing (15%) and plastics (13%) . The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (55%) and secondary buyout (20%). In total, Graham Partners has invested in 24 US states and 4 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 9 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is secondary buyout (41%). Graham Partners’ largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2021 when it sold ACME Cryogenics for $295M.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity92
    • M&A Buy Activity55
    • M&A Sell Activity37
  • Total Sectors Invested 18
  • Total Countries Invested 4
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 26
  • M&A Advisors 4

Graham Partners

Graham Partners

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

Graham Partners 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 $10 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 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, Software, Technology Hardware, 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 10 50
Investment Size 10 100
Enterprise Value - -
values in millions of USD

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '19 '20 '21 '22 '23 '24 T
Buy (2.0/yr) # 45 1 3 2 4 - 55
vol $2.7B $2.7B
Sell (2.2/yr) # 26 2 6 1 2 - 37
vol $946M $295M $1.2B
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Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Commercial Bakeries Corp. 2023-09-27 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Toronto, Ontario · www.commercialbakeries.com
Barcoding, Inc. 2023-09-07 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Baltimore, Maryland · www.barcoding.com
Desser Tire & Rubber Co. 2023-07-03 - Trade Sale
Montebello, California · www.desser.com
Damping Technologies, Inc. 2023-07-01 - Unknown
Mishawaka, Indiana · www.damping.com
Rhythmlink International LLC 2023-03-17 - Secondary Buyout
Columbia, South Carolina · www.rhythmlink.com
Taoglas Ltd. 2023-02-28 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Enniscorthy, Ireland · www.taoglas.com
Signifi Solutions, Inc. 2022-09-01 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Mississauga, Ontario · www.signifi.com
KCF Technologies, Inc. 2022-06-22 - Growth Capital
State College, Pennsylvania · www.kcftech.com
Mercer Foods LLC 2022-01-13 - Secondary Sale
Modesto, California · www.mercerfoods.com
ACME Cryogenics, Inc. 2021-12-16 295M USD Trade Sale
Allentown, Pennsylvania · www.acmecryo.com
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Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Advanced Barrier Extrusions LLC 2018-08-15 Flexographic Packaging Co. - Business 2019-11-25 1
Charlotte, North Carolina · www.abxpackaging.com Waupun, Wisconsin

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Manufacturing 1 (6%) - 8 (15%) -
Plastics 1 (6%) - 7 (13%) 2.3B (83%)
Building Materials 1 (6%) - 6 (11%) -
Food 2 (12%) - 5 (9%) -
Technology Hardware 4 (24%) - 5 (9%) -
Business Services 3 (18%) - 4 (7%) -
Aerospace - - 3 (5%) -
Packaging 2 (12%) - 3 (5%) -
Chemicals - - 2 (4%) 465M (17%)
Automotive - - 2 (4%) -
Electronics - - 2 (4%) -
Medical Products 1 (6%) - 2 (4%) -
Distribution - - 1 (2%) -
Electrical Equipment - - 1 (2%) -
Financial Services - - 1 (2%) -
Machinery 1 (6%) - 1 (2%) -
Metals/Mining - - 1 (2%) -
Software 1 (6%) - 1 (2%) -
Total 17 - 55 $2.7B

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United States 13 (76%) - 48 (87%) 2.7B (100%)
  California 4 (24%) - 11 (20%) -
  Pennsylvania 1 (6%) - 6 (11%) -
  North Carolina 1 (6%) - 2 (4%) 465M (17%)
  Illinois 1 (6%) - 2 (4%) -
  Utah 1 (6%) - 2 (4%) -
  Nebraska 1 (6%) - 2 (4%) -
  Indiana - - 2 (4%) 2.3B (83%)
  Kansas - - 2 (4%) -
  Florida - - 2 (4%) -
  Ohio - - 2 (4%) -
  New Jersey - - 2 (4%) -
  South Carolina 1 (6%) - 1 (2%) -
  Minnesota 1 (6%) - 1 (2%) -
  Massachusetts 1 (6%) - 1 (2%) -
  Maryland 1 (6%) - 1 (2%) -
  Georgia - - 1 (2%) -
  Connecticut - - 1 (2%) -
  Arizona - - 1 (2%) -
  Alabama - - 1 (2%) -
  Wisconsin - - 1 (2%) -
  Washington - - 1 (2%) -
  Texas - - 1 (2%) -
  Nevada - - 1 (2%) -
  Michigan - - 1 (2%) -
Canada 3 (18%) - 5 (9%) -
  Ontario 2 (12%) - 4 (7%) -
  Quebec 1 (6%) - 1 (2%) -
Ireland 1 (6%) - 1 (2%) -
Japan - - 1 (2%) -
Domestic 13 (76%) - 48 (87%) 2.7B (100%)
Cross-border 4 (24%) - 7 (13%) -
Total 17 - 55 $2.7B

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 10 (59%) - 30 (55%) 465M (17%)
Secondary Buyout 2 (12%) - 11 (20%) 2.3B (83%)
Growth Capital 5 (29%) - 7 (13%) -
Consolidation - - 3 (5%) -
Recapitalization - - 3 (5%) -
Stake Purchase - - 1 (2%) -
Total 17 - 55 $2.7B

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Secondary Sale 15 (41%) -
Trade Sale 10 (27%) 451M (36%)
Trade Sale - Public Company 5 (14%) 790M (64%)
Unknown 3 (8%) -
IPO 2 (5%) -
Bankruptcy 1 (3%) -
Recapitalization 1 (3%) -
Total 37 $1.2B

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Harris Williams & Co.
1
BB&T Capital Markets
1
Lincoln International
1
Legal Deals
Dechert
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 4 $1.1B
< $100M 2 $162M
TOTAL $1.2B
Largest ACME Cryogenics, Inc.
$295M (2021-12-16)

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Investor(s)
20%
11 (20%)
Exited to
Investor(s)
43%
16 (43%)
Strategic(s)
38%
14 (38%)

FAQ

When was Graham Partners founded?

Graham Partners was founded in 1988.

What type of investor is Graham Partners?

Graham Partners is a private equity firm.

Where is Graham Partners headquartered?

Graham Partners is headquartered in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania.

How much capital does Graham Partners have under management?

Graham Partners has 5.0B USD under management.

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