Yellow Wood Partners Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Firm Profile

In the last 3 years, Yellow Wood Partners has acquired 5 companies.

Yellow Wood Partners’ most common sectors for investment areconsumer products (82%) and apparel/textiles (10%) . The Firm’s most common investment types include divestiture (55%) and buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (28%). In total, Yellow Wood Partners has invested in 8 US states and 2 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2019 when it acquired Dr. Scholl s Shoes for $585M.

The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (50%). Yellow Wood Partners’ largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2010 when it sold Blacksmith Brands Holdings for $190M.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity13
    • M&A Buy Activity11
    • M&A Sell Activity2
  • Total Sectors Invested 3
  • Total Countries Invested 2
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 8
  • M&A Advisors 2

Yellow Wood Partners

Yellow Wood Partners, LLC

255 State St. 7th Floor,
Boston, Massachusetts 02109
United States
(617) 500-6340
www.yellowwoodpartners.com
info@yellowwoodpartners.com

Yellow Wood Partners is a specialist private equity firm focused on control and minority investments in the consumer sector. Yellow Wood targets growth companies generating positive cash flow and the potential and the potential for increased growth/improved margins. Specific areas of interest include food, beverages, pet care, home goods, outdoor/recreation, health/wellness, and beauty/personal care. The Firm looks to commit $35 to $200 million per company. Yellow Wood Partners was formed in 2009 and is based in Boston, Massachusetts.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Beverages, Consumer Products, Consumer Services, Food, Manufacturing

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

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

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue - -
Target EBITDA 15 100
Investment Size 35 200
Enterprise Value - -
values in millions of USD

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '19 '20 '21 '22 '23 '24 T
Buy (1.0/yr) # 6 - 2 1 2 - 11
vol $585M $585M
Sell (0.0/yr) # 2 - - - - - 2
vol $190M $190M
  13

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Elida Beauty 2023-12-18 - Divestiture
, United States
Suave 2023-02-14 - Divestiture
Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey · www.suave.com
Beacon Wellness Brands 2022-03-17 - Divestiture
Newton, Massachusetts · www.beaconwb.com
Clio Designs, Inc. 2021-12-01 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Newton, Massachusetts · www.myplusone.com
Reckitt Benckiser - Scholl 2021-06-02 - Divestiture
Slough, United Kingdom
Dr. Scholl's Shoes 2019-07-22 585M USD Divestiture
St. Louis, Missouri · www.drschollsshoes.com
Ecotools 2018-08-29 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
, United States · www.ecotools.com
Freeman Beauty LLC 2017-08-14 - Secondary Buyout
Beverly Hills, California · www.freemanbeauty.com
Parfums de Coeur Ltd. 2017-06-01 - Secondary Sale
Stamford, Connecticut · www.pdcbeauty.com
Ilex Consumer Products Group, Inc. 2013-12-27 - Secondary Buyout
Baltimore, Maryland · www.ilexgroup.com
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Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Suave 2023-02-14 ChapStick 2024-01-25 1
Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey · www.suave.com Lynchburg, Virginia · www.chapstick.com
Freeman Beauty LLC 2017-08-14 Paris Presents, Inc. 2018-08-28 1
Beverly Hills, California · www.freemanbeauty.com Gurnee, Illinois · www.parispresents.com

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Consumer Products 7 (88%) - 9 (82%) -
Apparel/Textiles 1 (13%) 585M (100%) 1 (9%) 585M (100%)
Retail - - 1 (9%) -
Total 8 $585M 11 $585M

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United States 7 (88%) 585M (100%) 10 (91%) 585M (100%)
  Massachusetts 2 (25%) - 2 (18%) -
  Missouri 1 (13%) 585M (100%) 1 (9%) 585M (100%)
  California 1 (13%) - 1 (9%) -
  New Jersey 1 (13%) - 1 (9%) -
  Connecticut - - 1 (9%) -
  New York - - 1 (9%) -
  Maryland - - 1 (9%) -
United Kingdom 1 (13%) - 1 (9%) -
Domestic 7 (88%) 585M (100%) 10 (91%) 585M (100%)
Cross-border 1 (13%) - 1 (9%) -
Total 8 $585M 11 $585M

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Divestiture 5 (63%) 585M (100%) 6 (55%) 585M (100%)
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 2 (25%) - 3 (27%) -
Secondary Buyout 1 (13%) - 2 (18%) -
Total 8 $585M 11 $585M

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Trade Sale - Public Company 1 (50%) 190M (100%)
Secondary Sale 1 (50%) -
Total 2 $190M

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Houlihan Lokey
1
Legal Deals
Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP
3

Deal Values

buy # Total
$100M to $1B 1 $585M
TOTAL $585M
Largest Dr. Scholl's Shoes
$585M (2019-07-22)
sell # Total
$100M to $1B 1 $190M
TOTAL $190M
Largest Blacksmith Brands Holdings, Inc.
$190M (2010-09-20)

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Investor(s)
9%
1 (9%)
Strategic(s)
45%
5 (45%)
Exited to
Investor(s)
50%
1 (50%)
Strategic(s)
50%
1 (50%)

FAQ

When was Yellow Wood Partners founded?

Yellow Wood Partners was founded in 2009.

What type of investor is Yellow Wood Partners?

Yellow Wood Partners is a private equity firm.

Where is Yellow Wood Partners headquartered?

Yellow Wood Partners is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.

How much capital does Yellow Wood Partners have under management?

Yellow Wood Partners has 1.8B USD under management.

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