The Walnut Group Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Profile

The Walnut Group’s most common sectors for investment are restaurants (23%) and apparel/textiles (12%). The Firm’s most common investment types include growth capital (34%) and venture (23%). In total, The Walnut Group has invested in 6 US states.

In the last 3 years, The Walnut Group has exited 2 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (34%). The Walnut Group’s largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2012 when it sold M Cubed Technologies for $71M.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity15
    • M&A Buy Activity9
    • M&A Sell Activity6
  • Total Sectors Invested 8
  • Total Countries Invested 1
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 10

The Walnut Group

312 Walnut Street, Suite 1151,
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
United States
(513) 651-3300
www.thewalnutgroup.com

The Walnut Group was a private equity firm that made investments across a broad range of industry sectors. Sectors of interest included retail, consumer products, media, communications, consumer services, business services, manufacturing, real estate, entertainment, restaurants, and defense. The Walnut Group sought investments in privately held companies seeking to accelerate growth, corporate divestitures, late stage high-potential ventures which have not yet achieved significant levels of earnings or cash flow, or family-owned companies seeking to recapitalize. The Walnut Group was based in Cincinnati, Ohio.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Business Services, Communications, Consumer Products, Consumer Services, Defense, Food, Manufacturing, Media, Real Estate, Restaurants

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

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

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue - -
Target EBITDA - -
Investment Size - -
Enterprise Value - -

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 T
Buy (0.0/yr) # 9 - - - - - 9
Sell (0.4/yr) # 4 - - 2 - - 6
vol $71M $71M
  15

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
The Lovesac Co. 2018-06-26 - IPO
Stamford, Connecticut · www.lovesac.com
Wild Things LLC 2018-03-05 - Secondary Buyout
Virginia Beach, Virginia · www.wildthingsgear.com
Stir Crazy, Inc. 2013-06-06 - Bankruptcy
Chicago, Illinois · www.stircrazy.com
M Cubed Technologies, Inc. 2012-11-01 71M USD Add-on Acquisition
Newtown, Connecticut · www.mmmt.com
Peco Pallet, Inc. 2011-02-22 - Secondary Buyout
Irvington, New York · www.pecopallet.com
The Lovesac Co. 2010-05-25 - Growth Capital
Stamford, Connecticut · www.lovesac.com
Wild Things LLC 2008-07-01 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Virginia Beach, Virginia · www.wildthingsgear.com
Goliath Solutions LLC 2008-04-04 - Venture
Chicago, Illinois · www.goliathsolutions.com
Stir Crazy, Inc. 2006-11-08 - Secondary Buyout
Chicago, Illinois · www.stircrazy.com
Medsite.com, Inc. 2006-09-12 - Add-on Acquisition
New York, New York · www.medscape.com
View All >>

Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Flat Out Crazy LLC 2006-01-01 Happy Valley Corp. 2009-08-19 1
Chicago, Illinois · www.flatoutcrazy.com Oak Park, Illinois

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Restaurants 1 (50%) - 2 (22%) -
Apparel/Textiles - - 1 (11%) -
Business Services - - 1 (11%) -
Furniture - - 1 (11%) -
Machinery - - 1 (11%) -
Marketing - - 1 (11%) -
Retail - - 1 (11%) -
Safety/Security 1 (50%) - 1 (11%) -
Total 2 - 9 -

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United States 2 (100%) - 9 (100%) -
  Illinois 1 (50%) - 3 (33%) -
  Connecticut - - 2 (22%) -
  Ohio 1 (50%) - 1 (11%) -
  New York - - 1 (11%) -
  Massachusetts - - 1 (11%) -
  Virginia - - 1 (11%) -
Total 2 - 9 -

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Growth Capital 1 (50%) - 3 (33%) -
Venture - - 2 (22%) -
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) - - 1 (11%) -
Divestiture - - 1 (11%) -
Secondary Buyout - - 1 (11%) -
Special Situations/Distressed 1 (50%) - 1 (11%) -
Total 2 - 9 -

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Trade Sale - Public Company 2 (33%) 71M (100%)
Secondary Sale 2 (33%) -
Bankruptcy 1 (17%) -
IPO 1 (17%) -
Total 6 $71M

Deal Values

sell # Total
< $100M 1 $71M
TOTAL $71M
Largest M Cubed Technologies, Inc.
$71M (2012-11-01)

M&A Connections

Deals %
Acquired from
PE Firm(s)
67%
2 67%
Strategic(s)
33%
1 33%
Exited to
PE Firm(s)
50%
2 50%
Strategic(s)
50%
2 50%

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