Prairie Capital Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Firm Profile

In the last 3 years, Prairie Capital has acquired 2 companies.

Prairie Capital’s most common sectors for investment areconsumer products (22%) and business services (10%) . The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (59%) and recapitalization (28%). In total, Prairie Capital has invested in 27 US states and 2 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2003 when it acquired Dynata for $92M.

In the last 3 years, Prairie Capital has exited 5 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is secondary buyout (46%). Prairie Capital’s largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2014 when it sold Cole Taylor Bank for $640M.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity122
    • M&A Buy Activity69
    • M&A Sell Activity53
  • Total Sectors Invested 31
  • Total Countries Invested 2
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 55
  • M&A Advisors 5

Prairie Capital

191 North Wacker Drive, Suite 800,
Chicago, Illinois 60606
United States
(312) 360-1133
www.prairie-capital.com
bdaniels@prairie-capital.com

Prairie Capital is a private investment firm that provides equity and/or mezzanine capital to support buyouts and recapitalization of lower middle-market companies generating sales of $20 - $100 million with an EBITDA of $4 - $12 million. Areas of interest include niche manufacturers, business services, consumer products, marketing services, specialty chemical, and food businesses. The firm invests in the range of $15 - $35 million per transaction. Prairie Capital was formed in 1997 and is based in Chicago, Illinois.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Automotive, Business Services, Chemicals, Communications, Consumer Products, Consumer Services, Distribution, Education, Electrical Equipment, Electronics, Engineering, Environmental, Financial Services, Food, Furniture, Healthcare Services, Information Technology, Life Science, Manufacturing, Marine, Marketing, Medical Products, Metals/Mining, Packaging, Publishing, Retail, Safety/Security, Semiconductors, Software, Staffing

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

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

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue 20 100
Target EBITDA 4 12
Investment Size 15 35
Enterprise Value - -
values in millions of USD

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '19 '20 '21 '22 '23 '24 T
Buy (0.8/yr) # 65 3 - - 1 - 69
vol $92M $92M
Sell (1.2/yr) # 47 1 - 2 2 1 53
vol $662M $662M
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Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Application Development Consultants LLC 2024-02-17 - Secondary Sale
Tampa, Florida · www.upshop.com
Blue Alliance 2023-12-19 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Cincinnati, Ohio · www.bluealliance.com
Netalytics 2023-10-05 - Trade Sale
Greer, South Carolina · www.netalytics.com
Tower Engineering Professionals, Inc. 2023-04-12 - Secondary Sale
Raleigh, North Carolina · www.tepgroup.net
Fairway Lawns LLC 2022-05-18 - Secondary Sale
Little Rock, Arizona · www.fairwaylawns.com
BOTE LLC 2022-01-19 - Trade Sale
Miramar Beach, Florida · www.boteboard.com
Application Development Consultants LLC 2020-11-17 - Recapitalization
Tampa, Florida · www.upshop.com
Industrial Water Treatment Solutions Corp. 2020-07-01 - Trade Sale
Harvey, Illinois · www.iwts.com
Netalytics 2020-02-21 - Recapitalization
Greer, South Carolina · www.netalytics.com
Legacy Hospice Holdings, Inc. 2020-01-01 - Recapitalization
Livingston, Alabama · www.legacyhospice.net
View All >>

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Consumer Products 1 (8%) - 15 (21%) -
Business Services 1 (8%) - 7 (10%) -
Education 3 (23%) - 5 (7%) -
Electrical Equipment 1 (8%) - 4 (6%) -
Information Technology 2 (15%) - 4 (6%) -
Healthcare Services 2 (15%) - 3 (4%) -
Manufacturing - - 3 (4%) -
Consumer Services 1 (8%) - 2 (3%) -
Distribution 1 (8%) - 2 (3%) -
Financial Services - - 2 (3%) -
Safety/Security - - 2 (3%) -
Software - - 2 (3%) -
Information Services - - 1 (1%) 92M (100%)
Apparel/Textiles - - 1 (1%) -
Automotive - - 1 (1%) -
Beverages - - 1 (1%) -
Communications - - 1 (1%) -
Engineering - - 1 (1%) -
Environmental - - 1 (1%) -
Food - - 1 (1%) -
Internet Software and Services - - 1 (1%) -
Machinery - - 1 (1%) -
Marketing - - 1 (1%) -
Medical Products - - 1 (1%) -
Metals/Mining - - 1 (1%) -
Packaging - - 1 (1%) -
Publishing - - 1 (1%) -
Retail - - 1 (1%) -
Semiconductors 1 (8%) - 1 (1%) -
Staffing - - 1 (1%) -
Technology Hardware - - 1 (1%) -
Total 13 - 70 $92M

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United States 13 (100%) - 69 (99%) 92M (100%)
  Illinois 2 (15%) - 11 (16%) -
  Texas 2 (15%) - 6 (9%) -
  Florida 2 (15%) - 6 (9%) -
  Ohio 2 (15%) - 4 (6%) -
  California 1 (8%) - 4 (6%) -
  Wisconsin - - 3 (4%) -
  Oregon - - 3 (4%) -
  North Carolina - - 3 (4%) -
  New York - - 3 (4%) -
  Minnesota 1 (8%) - 2 (3%) -
  Massachusetts 1 (8%) - 2 (3%) -
  Utah - - 2 (3%) -
  Tennessee - - 2 (3%) -
  Mississippi - - 2 (3%) -
  Michigan - - 2 (3%) -
  Iowa - - 2 (3%) -
  Indiana - - 2 (3%) -
  Kentucky 1 (8%) - 1 (1%) -
  Alabama 1 (8%) - 1 (1%) -
  Connecticut - - 1 (1%) 92M (100%)
  South Carolina - - 1 (1%) -
  Pennsylvania - - 1 (1%) -
  New Hampshire - - 1 (1%) -
  Missouri - - 1 (1%) -
  Colorado - - 1 (1%) -
  Arkansas - - 1 (1%) -
  Arizona - - 1 (1%) -
United Kingdom - - 1 (1%) -
Domestic 13 (100%) - 69 (99%) 92M (100%)
Cross-border - - 1 (1%) -
Total 13 - 70 $92M

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 6 (46%) - 41 (59%) 92M (100%)
Recapitalization 6 (46%) - 19 (27%) -
Secondary Buyout 1 (8%) - 5 (7%) -
Growth Capital - - 3 (4%) -
Acquisition Financing - - 1 (1%) -
Divestiture - - 1 (1%) -
Total 13 - 70 $92M

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Secondary Sale 25 (47%) -
Trade Sale 11 (21%) -
Trade Sale - Public Company 8 (15%) 22M (3%)
Merger 4 (8%) 640M (97%)
Recapitalization 2 (4%) -
Bankruptcy 1 (2%) -
Sold to Management 1 (2%) -
Unknown 1 (2%) -
Total 53 $662M

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Lincoln International
1
Livingstone Partners LLP
1
BlackArch
1
Legal Deals
Kirkland & Ellis
1
Katten Muchin Rosenman
1

Deal Values

buy # Total
< $100M 1 $92M
TOTAL $92M
Largest Dynata, LLC
$92M (2003-02-07)
sell # Total
$100M to $1B 1 $640M
< $100M 1 $22M
TOTAL $662M
Largest Cole Taylor Bank, Inc.
$640M (2014-10-30)

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Investor(s)
7%
5 (7%)
Strategic(s)
1%
1 (1%)
Exited to
Investor(s)
51%
27 (51%)
Strategic(s)
38%
20 (38%)

FAQ

When was Prairie Capital founded?

Prairie Capital was founded in 1997.

What type of investor is Prairie Capital?

Prairie Capital is a private equity firm.

Where is Prairie Capital headquartered?

Prairie Capital is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

How much capital does Prairie Capital have under management?

Prairie Capital has 525M USD under management.

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