M&A Deal Summary

Tilia Holdings Acquires Universal Pure

On November 27, 2018, private equity firm Tilia Holdings LLC acquired food company Universal Pure LLC from Graham Partners

Acquisition Highlights
  • This is Tilia Holdings’ 1st transaction in the Food sector.
  • This is Tilia Holdings’ 2nd transaction in the United States.
  • This is Tilia Holdings’ 1st transaction in Georgia.

M&A Deal Summary

Date 2018-11-27
Target Universal Pure LLC
Sector Food
Buyer(s) Tilia Holdings LLC
Sellers(s) Graham Partners
Deal Type Secondary Buyout

Target

Universal Pure LLC

Villa Rica, Georgia, United States
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Universal Pure LLC is a provider of outsourced high-pressure processing (HPP), cold storage and pre-HPP and post-HPP value-added services to help food and beverage companies safely bring longer-lasting, cleaner-label products to market. Universal Pure was founded in 2001 and is based in Villa Rica, Georgia.

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Buyer(S) 1

Buyer

Tilia Holdings LLC

Investor Investor

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Category Private Equity Firm
Founded 2017
SizeSmall
Type Sector Agnostic
DESCRIPTION

Tilia Holdings is a private equity firm focused on investing in outsourced business-to-business services providers that serve the food industry. Specific areas of interest include companies that offer regulatory compliance, quality, supply chain integrity or food safety services. The Firm targets companies with at least $10 million of revenue and at least $2 million of EBITDA. Tilia Holdings was established in 2017 and is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.


DEAL STATS #
Overall 3 of 9
Sector (Food) 1 of 3
Type (Secondary Buyout) 1 of 5
State (Georgia) 1 of 1
Country (United States) 2 of 8
Year (2018) 3 of 3
PREVIOUS DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2018-06-08 Refrig-It, Inc.

Kearny, New Jersey, United States

Refrig-It, Inc. is a leading provider of cold chain warehousing and supply chain services to customers throughout the imported nut and dried fruit value chain. Refrig-It was founded in 2017 and is based in Kearny, New Jersey.

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FOLLOWING DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2019-04-05 Proven Partners Group, Inc.

Elgin, Illinois, United States

Proven Partners Group, Inc. provides outsourcing and contract manufacturing/packaging capabilities to consumer packaged goods and food companies. Proven Partners Group was formed in 2005 and is based in Elgin, Illinois.

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Seller(S) 1

SELLER

Graham Partners

Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, United States

Investor Investor Investor Investor Investor

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Category Private Equity Firm
Founded 1988
PE ASSETS 1.3B USD
SizeLarge
Type Sector Agnostic
DESCRIPTION

Graham Partners, Inc. is a private equity that targets middle market industrial and manufacturing companies. The Firm seeks to invest in businesses based in the US and also consider investments in Canada and Western Europe. Graham Partners focuses on strong growth potential companies with high return on invested capital, led by experienced management teams in revenues between $30 - $500 million and EBITDA between $5 million and $50 million. The firm typically invests between $10 million and $100 million in equity and the balance via debt and can invest higher than $100 million through co-investments. Broad areas of interest include building products, water management, medical products, consumer products, packaged food & beverage, packaging, aerospace/defense, agriculture, capital equipment, energy related products, home and outdoor, sports and leisure, and transportation services. Prospective transaction types include MBOs, recapitalization and growth capital financing. Graham Partners, Inc. is an affiliate of The Graham Group was formed in 1988 and is based in Newton Square, Pennsylvania.


DEAL STATS #
Overall 23 of 30
Sector (Food) 1 of 4
Type (Secondary Buyout) 11 of 15
State (Georgia) 1 of 1
Country (United States) 21 of 27
Year (2018) 3 of 3
PREVIOUS DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2018-10-09 The Atlas Group

Wichita, Kansas, United States

Atlas manufactures flight-critical, complex assemblies on a diverse group of commercial, military and business aircraft, including the 737MAX, F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, Gulfstream G650, and nearly every Textron Aviation aircraft. Atlas has developed a unique set of machining, specialty forming and chemical processing capabilities, supported by automation technology and low-cost manufacturing. This vertical integration allows Atlas to deliver a broad range of complex aircraft assemblies, including complete aircraft doors, escape hatches, wing structures, and flight control assemblies for a growing list of leading aerospace OEMs.

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FOLLOWING DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2018-12-18 Giraffe Foods, Inc.

Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

Giraffe Foods is a producer of customized sauces, dips, dressings, syrups and beverage concentrates for B2B customers, in the home meal replacement, food service and retail markets. Giraffe Foods was founded in 1997 and is based in Mississauga, Ontario.

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