Highlander Partners Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Firm Profile

In the last 3 years, Highlander Partners has acquired 9 companies.

Highlander Partners’ most common sectors for investment arefood (29%) and building materials (11%) . The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (62%) and secondary buyout (13%). In total, Highlander Partners has invested in 16 US states and 4 different countries.

In the last 3 years, Highlander Partners has exited 9 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (72%). 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 Activity60
    • M&A Buy Activity39
    • M&A Sell Activity21
  • Total Sectors Invested 17
  • Total Countries Invested 4
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 31
  • M&A Advisors 7

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 ≤ '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 '21 T
Buy (2.8/yr) # 25 5 3 3 2 1 39
Sell (1.8/yr) # 12 - 2 2 2 3 21
vol $697M $1.0B $1.7B
  60

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
RMS Beauty 2021-10-08 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Charleston, South Carolina · www.rmsbeauty.com
Bettera Brands LLC 2021-08-30 1.0B USD Add-on Acquisition
Plano, Texas · www.bettera.com
SignalPath LLC 2021-08-17 - Add-on Acquisition
Raleigh, North Carolina · www.signalpath.com
Profile Custom Extrusions LLC 2021-07-14 - Secondary Buyout
Rome, Georgia · www.pcextrusions.com
Hilo Nutrition, Inc. 2020-09-14 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Columbus, Ohio · www.hilogummies.com
Chicago Custom Foods LLC 2020-05-05 - Add-on Acquisition
Elk Grove Village, Illinois · www.kernelseasons.com
SanoVita 2020-02-19 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Râmnicu Vâlcea, Romania · www.sanovita.ro
Akomex Group 2020-02-04 - Sold to Management
Starogard Gdański, Poland · www.akomex.pl
Sano Vita SRL 2019-11-27 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Pausesti-Maglasi, Romania · www.sanovita.ro
Popular Ink LLC 2019-10-09 - Add-on Acquisition
McKinney, Texas · www.popular-ink.com
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Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
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
Bevolution Group 2015-03-23 Tropics Mixology 2015-11-02 3
Chicago, Illinois · www.bevolutiongroup.com Delray Beach, Florida · www.tropics-beverages.com
Bevolution Group 2015-03-23 Juice Tyme, Inc. 2015-03-23 2
Chicago, Illinois · www.bevolutiongroup.com Chicago, Illinois · www.juicetyme.com

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Food 8 (44%) - 11 (28%) -
Building Materials - - 4 (10%) -
Automotive 2 (11%) - 3 (8%) -
Healthcare Services 1 (6%) - 3 (8%) -
Apparel/Textiles 2 (11%) - 2 (5%) -
Beverages 1 (6%) - 2 (5%) -
Consumer Products 2 (11%) - 2 (5%) -
Manufacturing 1 (6%) - 2 (5%) -
Packaging - - 2 (5%) -
Business Services - - 1 (3%) -
Electrical Equipment - - 1 (3%) -
Financial Services - - 1 (3%) -
Information Technology - - 1 (3%) -
Machinery - - 1 (3%) -
Medical Products - - 1 (3%) -
Staffing - - 1 (3%) -
Technology Hardware 1 (6%) - 1 (3%) -
Total 18 - 39 -

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United States 12 (67%) - 29 (74%) -
  Texas - - 6 (15%) -
  Illinois 2 (11%) - 4 (10%) -
  Georgia - - 3 (8%) -
  California 2 (11%) - 2 (5%) -
  Ohio 1 (6%) - 2 (5%) -
  Michigan 1 (6%) - 2 (5%) -
  Alabama 1 (6%) - 1 (3%) -
  South Carolina 1 (6%) - 1 (3%) -
  Oregon 1 (6%) - 1 (3%) -
  New Jersey 1 (6%) - 1 (3%) -
  Mississippi 1 (6%) - 1 (3%) -
  Indiana 1 (6%) - 1 (3%) -
  Florida - - 1 (3%) -
  Pennsylvania - - 1 (3%) -
  North Carolina - - 1 (3%) -
  Missouri - - 1 (3%) -
Poland 2 (11%) - 6 (15%) -
Romania 3 (17%) - 3 (8%) -
United Kingdom 1 (6%) - 1 (3%) -
Domestic 12 (67%) - 29 (74%) -
Cross-border 6 (33%) - 10 (26%) -
Total 18 - 39 -

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 12 (67%) - 24 (62%) -
Growth Capital 1 (6%) - 5 (13%) -
Secondary Buyout 2 (11%) - 5 (13%) -
Consolidation 2 (11%) - 2 (5%) -
Divestiture 1 (6%) - 1 (3%) -
Stake Purchase - - 1 (3%) -
Venture - - 1 (3%) -
Total 18 - 39 -

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Trade Sale 10 (48%) -
Trade Sale - Public Company 5 (24%) 1.7B (100%)
Secondary Sale 4 (19%) -
Sold to Management 1 (5%) -
Unknown 1 (5%) -
Total 21 $1.7B

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Rothschild Global Advisory
2
Mesirow Financial Holdings, Inc.
1
Legal Deals
Gessel, Koziorowski Sp.k.
3
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
2
Kinstellar
1

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)
13%
5 (13%)
Strategic(s)
3%
1 (3%)
Exited to
Investor(s)
19%
4 (19%)
Strategic(s)
76%
16 (76%)

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