The Compass Group Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Profile

In the last 3 years, The Compass Group has acquired 4 companies.

The Compass Group’s most common sectors for investment are consumer products (28%) and machinery (14%). The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (46%) and secondary buyout (46%). 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 2 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 Activity33
    • M&A Buy Activity21
    • M&A Sell Activity12
  • Total Sectors Invested 14
  • Total Countries Invested 2
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 7
  • M&A Advisors 6

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 ≤ '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 T
Buy (1.0/yr) # 16 1 2 1 - 1 21
vol $1.3B $400M $152M $248M $200M $2.3B
Sell (0.6/yr) # 9 1 - - 2 - 12
vol $1.1B $943M $2.0B
  33

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
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
American Furniture Manufacturing, Inc. 2015-10-06 24M USD Sold to Management
Ecru, Mississippi · www.americanfurn.net
CamelBak Products LLC 2015-07-27 413M USD Add-on Acquisition
Petaluma, California · www.camelbak.com
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Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Foam Fabricators, Inc. 2018-01-18 Polyfoam LLC 2020-07-02 1
Scottsdale, Arizona · www.foamfabricatorsinc.com Northbridge, Massachusetts · www.polyfoamcorp.com
Velocity Outdoor, Inc. 2017-06-01 Ravin Crossbows LLC 2018-09-04 1
Bloomfield, New York · www.velocity-outdoor.com Superior, Wisconsin · www.ravincrossbows.com
Sterno Products LLC 2014-10-13 sevenOKs, Inc. 2017-08-31 2
Corona, California · www.sternopro.com La Porte, Indiana · www.sevenoks.com
The ERGObaby Carrier, Inc. 2010-09-17 Baby Tula LLC 2016-05-09 2
Los Angeles, California · www.ergobaby.com , Poland · www.babytula.com
Sterno Products LLC 2014-10-13 Northern International, Inc. (Paradise Garden Lighting) 2016-01-25 1
Corona, California · www.sternopro.com Coquitlam, British Columbia · www.paradisegardenlighting.com
The ERGObaby Carrier, Inc. 2010-09-17 Orbit Baby, Inc. 2011-11-21 1
Los Angeles, California · www.ergobaby.com Newark, California · www.orbitbaby.com

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Consumer Products 4 (44%) 454M (35%) 6 (27%) 864M (38%)
Machinery - - 3 (14%) -
Manufacturing 2 (22%) 378M (29%) 2 (9%) 378M (16%)
Apparel/Textiles 1 (11%) 400M (31%) 1 (5%) 400M (17%)
Environmental - - 1 (5%) 243M (11%)
Food - - 1 (5%) 100M (4%)
Furniture - - 1 (5%) 93M (4%)
Automotive - - 1 (5%) 85M (4%)
Safety/Security 1 (11%) 70M (5%) 1 (5%) 70M (3%)
Marketing - - 1 (5%) 63M (3%)
Medical Products - - 1 (5%) -
Restaurants - - 1 (5%) -
Staffing - - 1 (5%) -
Technology Hardware 1 (11%) - 1 (5%) -
Total 9 $1.3B 22 $2.3B

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United States 9 (100%) 1.3B (100%) 21 (95%) 2.2B (96%)
  California 3 (33%) 654M (50%) 5 (23%) 997M (43%)
  New York 2 (22%) 131M (10%) 3 (14%) 283M (12%)
  Iowa - - 2 (9%) -
  Arizona 1 (11%) 248M (19%) 1 (5%) 248M (11%)
  Louisiana 1 (11%) 200M (15%) 1 (5%) 200M (9%)
  Utah 1 (11%) 70M (5%) 1 (5%) 70M (3%)
  Colorado 1 (11%) - 1 (5%) -
  Pennsylvania - - 1 (5%) 243M (11%)
  Mississippi - - 1 (5%) 93M (4%)
  Illinois - - 1 (5%) 63M (3%)
  Ohio - - 1 (5%) -
  North Carolina - - 1 (5%) -
  Massachusetts - - 1 (5%) -
  Florida - - 1 (5%) -
Canada - - 1 (5%) 100M (4%)
  Manitoba - - 1 (5%) 100M (4%)
Domestic 9 (100%) 1.3B (100%) 21 (95%) 2.2B (96%)
Cross-border - - 1 (5%) 100M (4%)
Total 9 $1.3B 22 $2.3B

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Secondary Buyout 5 (56%) 964M (74%) 10 (45%) 1.8B (77%)
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 4 (44%) 339M (26%) 10 (45%) 524M (23%)
Growth Capital - - 1 (5%) -
Recapitalization - - 1 (5%) -
Total 9 $1.3B 22 $2.3B

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Trade Sale - Public Company 4 (33%) 1.4B (68%)
Secondary Sale 3 (25%) 327M (16%)
Trade Sale 2 (17%) 295M (15%)
Sold to Management 1 (8%) 24M (1%)
IPO 1 (8%) -
Recapitalization 1 (8%) -
Total 12 $2.0B

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Houlihan Lokey
1
Raymond James - Investment Banking
1
Jefferies LLC
1
Legal Deals
Squire Patton Boggs
1
Stikeman Elliott LLP
1

Deal Values

buy # Total
$100M to $1B 9 $1.9B
< $100M 5 $401M
TOTAL $2.3B
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
PE Firm(s)
100%
14 100%
Exited to
PE Firm(s)
45%
5 45%
Strategic(s)
55%
6 55%

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