The Compass Group Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Firm Profile

In the last 3 years, The Compass Group has acquired 3 companies.

The Compass Group’s most common sectors for investment areconsumer products (31%) and machinery (14%) . The Firm’s most common investment types include secondary buyout (53%) and buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (44%). In total, The Compass Group has invested in 14 US states and 2 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2016 when it acquired 5.11 for $400M.

In the last 3 years, The Compass Group has exited 3 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (47%). The Compass Group’s largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2019 when it sold Clean Earth for $625M.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity35
    • M&A Buy Activity22
    • M&A Sell Activity13
  • Total Sectors Invested 14
  • Total Countries Invested 2
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 6
  • M&A Advisors 7

The Compass Group (Compass Diversified Holdings LLC)

301 Riverside Avenue, 2nd Floor,
Westport, Connecticut 06880
United States
(203) 221-1703
www.compassequity.com
ddounis@compassequity.com

The Compass Group is a diversified holding company focused on acquiring controlling interests in profitable small to middle-market businesses in attractive niche industries. Compass generally looks for US-based companies with proven management in place, low technological and/or product obsolescence risk, diverse customers, and EBITDA of at least $10 million. The Compass Group was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Westport, Connecticut.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Apparel/Textiles, Business Services, Communications, Consumer Products, Consumer Services, Distribution, Financial Services, Furniture, Healthcare Services, Manufacturing, Marine, Marketing, Medical Products, Safety/Security, Staffing, Technology Hardware

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

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

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue - -
Target EBITDA 10 -
Investment Size - -
Enterprise Value 75 700
values in millions of USD

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 '21 T
Buy (1.0/yr) # 17 2 1 - 1 1 22
vol $1.7B $152M $248M $200M $256M $2.6B
Sell (0.6/yr) # 10 - - 2 - 1 13
vol $1.1B $943M $2.0B
  35

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Lugano Diamonds & Jewelry, Inc. 2021-09-07 256M USD Secondary Buyout
Newport Beach, California · www.luganodiamonds.com
Liberty Safe & Security Products, Inc. 2021-08-25 - Divestiture
Payson, Utah · www.libertysafe.com
Marucci Sports LLC 2020-03-09 200M USD Secondary Buyout
Baton Rouge, Louisiana · www.maruccisports.com
Clean Earth, Inc. 2019-05-09 625M USD Add-on Acquisition
Hatboro, Pennsylvania · www.cleanearthinc.com
Fresh Hemp Foods Ltd. 2019-02-20 318M CAD Add-on Acquisition
Winnipeg, Manitoba · www.manitobaharvest.com
Foam Fabricators, Inc. 2018-01-18 248M USD Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Scottsdale, Arizona · www.foamfabricatorsinc.com
Crosman Corp. 2017-06-05 152M USD Secondary Buyout
Bloomfield, New York · www.crosman.com
Velocity Outdoor, Inc. 2017-06-01 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Bloomfield, New York · www.velocity-outdoor.com
Tridien Medical, Inc. 2016-09-22 - Add-on Acquisition
Coral Springs, Florida · www.tridien.com
5.11, Inc. 2016-08-01 400M USD Secondary Buyout
Irvine, California · www.511tactical.com
View All >>

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Consumer Products 5 (56%) 710M (48%) 7 (30%) 1.1B (44%)
Machinery - - 3 (13%) -
Manufacturing 2 (22%) 378M (25%) 2 (9%) 378M (15%)
Apparel/Textiles 1 (11%) 400M (27%) 1 (4%) 400M (16%)
Environmental - - 1 (4%) 243M (10%)
Food - - 1 (4%) 100M (4%)
Furniture - - 1 (4%) 93M (4%)
Automotive - - 1 (4%) 85M (3%)
Safety/Security - - 1 (4%) 70M (3%)
Marketing - - 1 (4%) 63M (2%)
Medical Products - - 1 (4%) -
Restaurants - - 1 (4%) -
Staffing - - 1 (4%) -
Technology Hardware 1 (11%) - 1 (4%) -
Total 9 $1.5B 23 $2.6B

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United States 9 (100%) 1.5B (100%) 22 (96%) 2.5B (96%)
  California 4 (44%) 910M (61%) 6 (26%) 1.3B (49%)
  New York 2 (22%) 131M (9%) 3 (13%) 283M (11%)
  Iowa - - 2 (9%) -
  Arizona 1 (11%) 248M (17%) 1 (4%) 248M (10%)
  Louisiana 1 (11%) 200M (13%) 1 (4%) 200M (8%)
  Colorado 1 (11%) - 1 (4%) -
  Pennsylvania - - 1 (4%) 243M (10%)
  Mississippi - - 1 (4%) 93M (4%)
  Utah - - 1 (4%) 70M (3%)
  Illinois - - 1 (4%) 63M (2%)
  Ohio - - 1 (4%) -
  North Carolina - - 1 (4%) -
  Massachusetts - - 1 (4%) -
  Florida - - 1 (4%) -
Canada - - 1 (4%) 100M (4%)
  Manitoba - - 1 (4%) 100M (4%)
Domestic 9 (100%) 1.5B (100%) 22 (96%) 2.5B (96%)
Cross-border - - 1 (4%) 100M (4%)
Total 9 $1.5B 23 $2.6B

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Secondary Buyout 5 (56%) 1.1B (77%) 12 (52%) 2.0B (79%)
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 4 (44%) 339M (23%) 10 (43%) 524M (21%)
Recapitalization - - 1 (4%) -
Total 9 $1.5B 23 $2.6B

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Trade Sale - Public Company 4 (31%) 1.4B (68%)
Secondary Sale 3 (23%) 327M (16%)
Trade Sale 2 (15%) 295M (15%)
Sold to Management 1 (8%) 24M (1%)
Divestiture 1 (8%) -
IPO 1 (8%) -
Recapitalization 1 (8%) -
Total 13 $2.0B

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Houlihan Lokey
1
Moelis & Co.
1
Raymond James - Investment Banking
1
Legal Deals
Stikeman Elliott LLP
1
Squire Patton Boggs
1
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
1

Deal Values

buy # Total
$100M to $1B 10 $2.1B
< $100M 5 $401M
TOTAL $2.6B
Largest 5.11, Inc.
$400M (2016-08-01)
sell # Total
$100M to $1B 5 $1.9B
< $100M 2 $101M
TOTAL $2.0B
Largest Clean Earth, Inc.
$625M (2019-05-09)

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Investor(s)
57%
13 (57%)
Exited to
Investor(s)
38%
5 (38%)
Strategic(s)
46%
6 (46%)

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