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 (30%) and machinery (13%) . The Firm’s most common investment types include secondary buyout (55%) and buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (42%). In total, The Compass Group has invested in 14 US states and 2 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2022 when it acquired PrimaLoft for $530M.

In the last 3 years, The Compass Group has exited 4 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (50%). 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 Activity37
    • M&A Buy Activity23
    • M&A Sell Activity14
  • Total Sectors Invested 14
  • Total Countries Invested 2
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 7
  • M&A Advisors 9

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 ≤ '17 '18 '19 '20 '21 '22 T
Buy (0.8/yr) # 19 1 - 1 1 1 23
vol $1.8B $248M $200M $256M $530M $3.1B
Sell (0.8/yr) # 10 - 2 - 2 - 14
vol $1.1B $943M $310M $2.3B
  37

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
PrimaLoft, Inc. 2022-06-06 530M USD Secondary Buyout
Latham, New York · www.primaloft.com
Advanced Circuits, Inc. 2021-10-14 310M USD Add-on Acquisition
Aurora, Colorado · www.4pcb.com
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
View All >>

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Consumer Products 5 (56%) 710M (35%) 7 (29%) 1.1B (36%)
Machinery - - 3 (13%) -
Apparel/Textiles 2 (22%) 930M (46%) 2 (8%) 930M (30%)
Manufacturing 2 (22%) 378M (19%) 2 (8%) 378M (12%)
Environmental - - 1 (4%) 243M (8%)
Food - - 1 (4%) 100M (3%)
Furniture - - 1 (4%) 93M (3%)
Automotive - - 1 (4%) 85M (3%)
Safety/Security - - 1 (4%) 70M (2%)
Marketing - - 1 (4%) 63M (2%)
Medical Products - - 1 (4%) -
Restaurants - - 1 (4%) -
Staffing - - 1 (4%) -
Technology Hardware - - 1 (4%) -
Total 9 $2.0B 24 $3.1B

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United States 9 (100%) 2.0B (100%) 23 (96%) 3.0B (97%)
  California 4 (44%) 910M (45%) 6 (25%) 1.3B (41%)
  New York 3 (33%) 661M (33%) 4 (17%) 813M (26%)
  Iowa - - 2 (8%) -
  Arizona 1 (11%) 248M (12%) 1 (4%) 248M (8%)
  Louisiana 1 (11%) 200M (10%) 1 (4%) 200M (6%)
  Pennsylvania - - 1 (4%) 243M (8%)
  Mississippi - - 1 (4%) 93M (3%)
  Utah - - 1 (4%) 70M (2%)
  Illinois - - 1 (4%) 63M (2%)
  Ohio - - 1 (4%) -
  North Carolina - - 1 (4%) -
  Massachusetts - - 1 (4%) -
  Florida - - 1 (4%) -
  Colorado - - 1 (4%) -
Canada - - 1 (4%) 100M (3%)
  Manitoba - - 1 (4%) 100M (3%)
Domestic 9 (100%) 2.0B (100%) 23 (96%) 3.0B (97%)
Cross-border - - 1 (4%) 100M (3%)
Total 9 $2.0B 24 $3.1B

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Secondary Buyout 6 (67%) 1.7B (83%) 13 (54%) 2.6B (83%)
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 3 (33%) 339M (17%) 10 (42%) 524M (17%)
Recapitalization - - 1 (4%) -
Total 9 $2.0B 24 $3.1B

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Trade Sale - Public Company 4 (29%) 1.4B (59%)
Trade Sale 3 (21%) 605M (26%)
Secondary Sale 3 (21%) 327M (14%)
Sold to Management 1 (7%) 24M (1%)
Divestiture 1 (7%) -
IPO 1 (7%) -
Recapitalization 1 (7%) -
Total 14 $2.3B

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Jefferies LLC
2
Houlihan Lokey
1
Moelis & Co.
1
Legal Deals
Stikeman Elliott LLP
1
Paul Hastings LLP
1
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
1

Deal Values

buy # Total
$100M to $1B 11 $2.7B
< $100M 5 $401M
TOTAL $3.1B
Largest PrimaLoft, Inc.
$530M (2022-06-06)
sell # Total
$100M to $1B 6 $2.2B
< $100M 2 $101M
TOTAL $2.3B
Largest Clean Earth, Inc.
$625M (2019-05-09)

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Investor(s)
58%
14 (58%)
Exited to
Investor(s)
36%
5 (36%)
Strategic(s)
50%
7 (50%)

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