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Back to blog May 16, 2017 No Comments Author: Andy Jones

Private Equity – Investment Trends

The trending private equity investment sectors for April 2017 are highlighted below with a few example transactions.

Food Manufacturing

Blackford Capital
Acquired Ellison Bakery (Fort Wayne, IN, US), an industrial bakery that produces cookies, cookie crunches and inclusion products for the industrial market, food service industry, and retail / private label space.

Palladium Equity Partners
Invested in Kar Nut Products Company (Madison Heights, MI, US), a manufacturer of branded trail mix, marketed under Kar’s and Second Nature brands.

Swander Pace Capital
Acquired Passport Food Group (Ontario, CA, US), a manufacturer and distributor of internationally-flavored foods to foodservice and retail channels in North America.

Precision Engineering

Cimbria Capital
Invested in CREADIS (Skanderborg, DK), a provider of precision engineering and management consulting in North America.

Greenbriar Equity Group
Invested in Whitcraft Group (Eastford, CT, US), a manufacturer of highly-engineered precision formed sheet metal, precision machined, and sheet metal fabricated flight-critical components for commercial and military aerospace engines.

Littlejohn & Co.
Acquired Maysteel Industries (Allenton, WI, US), a designer, engineerer and manufacturer of custom, precision, OEM sheet metal enclosures, electrical cabinets and metal fabricated assemblies.

Restaurant Franchising

Balmoral Funds
Invested in MOOYAH (Plano, TX, US), a franchisor of fast-casual “MOOYAH” branded restaurants offering fresh, customizable burgers, hand cut fries, and real ice cream milkshakes.

Levine Leichtman Capital Partners
Acquired Mountain Mike’s Pizza (Oakland, CA, US), a franchisor of pizza restaurants.

Oak Hill Capital Partners
Acquired Checkers Drive-In Restaurants (Tampa, FL, US), a franchisor and operator of hamburger quick-service restaurants.


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