Highlander Partners Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Firm Profile

In the last 3 years, Highlander Partners has acquired 7 companies.

Highlander Partners’ most common sectors for investment arefood (23%) and building materials (9%) . The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (53%) and secondary buyout (15%). In total, Highlander Partners has invested in 20 US states and 6 different countries.

In the last 3 years, Highlander Partners has exited 8 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (63%). Highlander Partners’ largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2021 when it sold Bettera Brands for $1.0B.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity75
    • M&A Buy Activity48
    • M&A Sell Activity27
  • Total Sectors Invested 21
  • Total Countries Invested 6
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 36
  • M&A Advisors 11

Highlander Partners LP

300 Crescent Court, Suite 550,
Dallas, Texas 75201
United States
(214) 245-5000
www.highlander-partners.com
mblanchat@highlander-partners.com

Highlander Partners LP is a private equity firm focuses on making both direct private equity and mezzanine investments in companies located in US and Europe. The firm seeks to target to invest in small and mid-size private companies with strong management teams, fundamentally strong operations and positive cash flows. HP looks to invest $10 to $50 million as an equity and $10 to $25 million in mezzanine financing in companies with revenues of $10 to $500 million and enterprise value up to $100 million. Specific areas of interest include manufacturing, food, healthcare products and services, and healthcare IT, retail and building materials. Types of transaction include buyouts, growth capital, divestitures, consolidation and recapitalization. Highlander Partners LP was formed in 2004 and is based in Dallas, Texas with additional office in Warszawa, Poland.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Automotive, Beverages, Building Materials, Chemicals, Consumer Products, Consumer Services, Food, Healthcare Services, Manufacturing, Medical Products, Packaging, Retail, Staffing

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

Geographic Preferences: East US, Midwest US, South US, West US, Canada, United Kingdom, Western Europe, Eastern Europe

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue 10 500
Target EBITDA - -
Investment Size 10 75
Enterprise Value - 100
values in millions of USD

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '19 '20 '21 '22 '23 '24 T
Buy (2.0/yr) # 38 3 1 4 2 - 48
Sell (2.0/yr) # 17 2 4 2 2 - 27
vol $697M $1.0B $1.7B
  75

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Fuerst Day Lawson Holdings Ltd. 2023-12-19 - Trade Sale
London, United Kingdom · www.fdlworld.com
LX/JT Holdings, Inc. 2023-11-06 - Trade Sale
Chicago, Illinois · www.bevolutiongroup.com
Black Sage Technologies, Inc. 2023-01-31 - Secondary Buyout
Boise, Idaho · www.blacksagetech.com
DZYNE Technologies 2023-01-05 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Fairfax, Virginia · www.dzynetech.com
Liteye Systems, Inc. 2022-11-28 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Centennial, Colorado · www.liteye.com
QTI Fibers 2022-07-01 - Secondary Sale
Dothan, Alabama · www.twitchellcorp.com
McIntosh Group, Inc. 2022-06-15 - Secondary Buyout
New York, New York · www.mcintoshgroup.com
Rotometal Sp. z o.o. S.K. 2022-05-06 - Sold to Management
Świebodzin, Poland · www.rotometal.pl
High Point Aerotechnologies LLC 2022-05-01 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Dallas, Texas · www.highpointaerotech.com
Direct Scaffolding Supply 2022-04-28 - Add-on Acquisition
Houston, Texas · www.dss.net
View All >>

Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
SFERRA Fine Linens LLC 2018-10-09 Brahms Mount 2022-03-30 1
Edison, New Jersey · www.sferra.com Freeport, Maine · www.brahmsmount.com
Benestar Brands 2019-08-05 4505 Meats, Inc. 2022-02-01 2
Chicago, Illinois · www.benestarbrands.com San Francisco, California · www.4505meats.com
Gimbal Brothers LLC 2017-04-01 Gimbal Brothers LLC - Jelly Beans Brand Business 2019-12-19 1
South San Francisco, California · www.gimbalscandy.com South San Francisco, California
Benestar Brands 2019-08-05 Evans Food Group Ltd. 2019-08-05 1
Chicago, Illinois · www.benestarbrands.com Chicago, Illinois · www.evansfood.com
Biamp Systems Corp. 2017-11-30 Cambridge Sound Management, Inc. 2018-12-20 4
Beaverton, Oregon · www.biamp.com Waltham, Massachusetts · www.cambridgesound.com

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Food 5 (25%) - 11 (23%) -
Building Materials - - 4 (8%) -
Healthcare Services 1 (5%) - 3 (6%) -
Information Technology 2 (10%) - 3 (6%) -
Manufacturing 1 (5%) - 3 (6%) -
Apparel/Textiles 1 (5%) - 2 (4%) -
Automotive 1 (5%) - 2 (4%) -
Beverages - - 2 (4%) -
Consumer Products 1 (5%) - 2 (4%) -
Defense 2 (10%) - 2 (4%) -
E-Commerce 2 (10%) - 2 (4%) -
Electronics 2 (10%) - 2 (4%) -
Packaging - - 2 (4%) -
Business Services - - 1 (2%) -
Electrical Equipment - - 1 (2%) -
Financial Services - - 1 (2%) -
Life Science 1 (5%) - 1 (2%) -
Machinery - - 1 (2%) -
Medical Products - - 1 (2%) -
Real Estate 1 (5%) - 1 (2%) -
Staffing - - 1 (2%) -
Total 20 - 48 -

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United States 14 (70%) - 34 (71%) -
  Texas 2 (10%) - 8 (17%) -
  Illinois 1 (5%) - 4 (8%) -
  Georgia - - 3 (6%) -
  Ohio 1 (5%) - 2 (4%) -
  New Jersey 1 (5%) - 2 (4%) -
  Virginia 1 (5%) - 1 (2%) -
  South Carolina 1 (5%) - 1 (2%) -
  Oregon 1 (5%) - 1 (2%) -
  New York 1 (5%) - 1 (2%) -
  Mississippi 1 (5%) - 1 (2%) -
  Indiana 1 (5%) - 1 (2%) -
  Idaho 1 (5%) - 1 (2%) -
  Colorado 1 (5%) - 1 (2%) -
  California 1 (5%) - 1 (2%) -
  Pennsylvania - - 1 (2%) -
  North Carolina - - 1 (2%) -
  Missouri - - 1 (2%) -
  Michigan - - 1 (2%) -
  Florida - - 1 (2%) -
  Alabama - - 1 (2%) -
Poland - - 6 (13%) -
China 3 (15%) - 3 (6%) -
Romania 2 (10%) - 2 (4%) -
United Kingdom - - 2 (4%) -
Philippines 1 (5%) - 1 (2%) -
Domestic 14 (70%) - 34 (71%) -
Cross-border 6 (30%) - 14 (29%) -
Total 20 - 48 -

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 9 (45%) - 25 (52%) -
Secondary Buyout 3 (15%) - 7 (15%) -
Growth Capital 2 (10%) - 6 (13%) -
Stake Purchase 2 (10%) - 3 (6%) -
Consolidation 1 (5%) - 2 (4%) -
Divestiture 1 (5%) - 2 (4%) -
Venture 1 (5%) - 2 (4%) -
Add-on Acquisition 1 (5%) - 1 (2%) -
Total 20 - 48 -

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Trade Sale 11 (41%) -
Trade Sale - Public Company 6 (22%) 1.7B (100%)
Secondary Sale 6 (22%) -
IPO 1 (4%) -
Merger 1 (4%) -
Sold to Management 1 (4%) -
Unknown 1 (4%) -
Total 27 $1.7B

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Legal Deals
Katten Muchin Rosenman
5
Gessel, Koziorowski Kancelaria Radców Prawnych i Adwokatów
3
Baker & McKenzie
2

Deal Values

sell # Total
> $1B 1 $1.0B
$100M to $1B 2 $697M
TOTAL $1.7B
Largest Bettera Brands LLC
$1.0B (2021-08-30)

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Investor(s)
15%
7 (15%)
Strategic(s)
4%
2 (4%)
Exited to
Investor(s)
22%
6 (22%)
Strategic(s)
70%
19 (70%)

FAQ

When was Highlander Partners LP founded?

Highlander Partners LP was founded in 2004.

What type of investor is Highlander Partners LP?

Highlander Partners LP is a private equity firm.

Where is Highlander Partners LP headquartered?

Highlander Partners LP is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.

How much capital does Highlander Partners LP have under management?

Highlander Partners LP has 2.0B USD under management.

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