ZS Fund Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Profile

ZS Fund’s most common sectors for investment are transportation (28%) and business services (19%). The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (46%) and recapitalization (46%). In total, ZS Fund has invested in 6 US states. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2007 when it acquired VPSI for $44M.

In the last 3 years, ZS Fund has exited 3 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is secondary buyout (50%). ZS Fund’s largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2010 when it sold Service Champ for $87M.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity19
    • M&A Buy Activity11
    • M&A Sell Activity8
  • Total Sectors Invested 7
  • Total Countries Invested 1
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 6
  • M&A Advisors 6

ZS Fund LP

340 Madison Avenue, 19th Floor,
New York, New York 10173
United States
(212) 398-6200
www.zsfundlp.com
contact@zsfundlp.com

ZS Fund L.P. is a private equity firm engaged in making long-term investments in established middle-market companies. The firm focuses on transactions that provide liquidity to business owners while enabling them to maintain a significant ownership stake and keep their company independent. ZS pursues privately-held, closely-held, or publicly-traded companies that have a high return on capital relative to industry peers. The firm targets companies with an annual operating profit of at least $4 million. ZS Fund L.P. was founded in 1985 and is based in New York City.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Business Services, Consumer Products, Consumer Services, Distribution, Machinery, Transportation

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

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

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue - -
Target EBITDA 4 30
Investment Size - -
Enterprise Value - -
values in millions of USD

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 T
Buy (0.4/yr) # 9 2 - - - - 11
vol $44M $44M
Sell (0.6/yr) # 5 - 1 1 1 - 8
vol $87M $87M
  19

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
SOS Security, Inc. 2019-06-01 - Secondary Buyout
Parsippany, New Jersey · www.sossecurity.com
ECS Refining LLC 2018-07-03 - Bankruptcy
Santa Clara, California · www.ecsrefining.com
Casabella Holdings LLC 2017-09-26 - Trade Sale
Congers, New York · www.casabella.com
Amerijet International, Inc. 2016-07-26 - Secondary Buyout
Miami, Florida · www.amerijet.com
iTN Worldwide 2016-07-26 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Miami, Florida · www.itnworldwide.com
Cub Foods, Inc. 2014-05-07 - Add-on Acquisition
Stillwater, Minnesota · www.cub.com
Industrial Air Tool LLP 2014-01-28 - Add-on Acquisition
Pasadena, Texas · www.industrialairtool.com
SOS Security, Inc. 2013-01-14 - Recapitalization
Parsippany, New Jersey · www.sossecurity.com
Smith-Cooper International LLC 2012-10-18 - Secondary Buyout
Commerce, California · www.smithcooper.com
ECS Refining LLC 2012-02-22 - Recapitalization
Santa Clara, California · www.ecsrefining.com
View All >>

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Transportation 3 (100%) - 3 (27%) -
Business Services - - 2 (18%) 44M (100%)
Distribution - - 2 (18%) -
Consumer Products - - 1 (9%) -
Environmental - - 1 (9%) -
Retail - - 1 (9%) -
Safety/Security - - 1 (9%) -
Total 3 - 11 $44M

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United States 3 (100%) - 11 (100%) 44M (100%)
  New York 1 (33%) - 3 (27%) -
  California - - 3 (27%) -
  Florida 2 (67%) - 2 (18%) -
  Michigan - - 1 (9%) 44M (100%)
  Texas - - 1 (9%) -
  New Jersey - - 1 (9%) -
Total 3 - 11 $44M

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 2 (67%) - 5 (45%) 44M (100%)
Recapitalization - - 5 (45%) -
Secondary Buyout 1 (33%) - 1 (9%) -
Total 3 - 11 $44M

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Secondary Sale 4 (50%) 87M (100%)
Trade Sale 2 (25%) -
Bankruptcy 1 (13%) -
Trade Sale - Public Company 1 (13%) -
Total 8 $87M

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Navigant Capital Advisors LLC
1
Brown Gibbons Lang & Co.
1
Legal Deals
Blank Rome LLP
4
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
1
Thompson Hine LLP
1

Deal Values

buy # Total
< $100M 1 $44M
TOTAL $44M
Largest VPSI, Inc.
$44M (2007-05-07)
sell # Total
< $100M 1 $87M
TOTAL $87M
Largest Service Champ, Inc.
$87M (2010-04-23)

M&A Connections

Deals %
Acquired from
PE Firm(s)
100%
1 100%
Exited to
PE Firm(s)
80%
8 80%
Strategic(s)
20%
2 20%

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