Merit Capital Partners is a private investment firm that targets investments in middle market manufacturing, distribution, and service based businesses. Merit looks for companies generating at least $25 million in sales and at least $5 million in EBITDA. Merit can provide both equity and junior capital financing and looks to commit at least $20 million per transaction. Prospective transaction situations include management buyouts, recapitalizations, growth financings, divestitures, unsponsored transactions, and ESOPs. Merit Capital will not invest in start-ups, turnarounds, real estate, specialty retail, or oil/gas opportunities. Merit Capital was originally known as William Blair Mezzanine Capital and became independent in 2004. Merit was formed in 1993 and is based in Chicago, Illinois.
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In the last 3 years, Merit Capital Partners has acquired 2 companies. It has also invested in 1 other.
Merit Capital Partners’ most common sectors for investment are manufacturing (15%) and building materials (7%). The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (67%) and recapitalization (20%). In total, Merit Capital Partners has invested in 28 US states and 2 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2007 when it acquired Digney York Associates for $20M.
In the last 3 years, Merit Capital Partners has exited 5 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (52%). Merit Capital Partners’ largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2000 when it sold Global Power Equipment Group for $310M.
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