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Back to blog January 29, 2020 No Comments Author: Andy Jones

Private Equity Investments in Manufacturing Companies

Headlines about private equity investments tend to focus more on the glamorous deals and faster-paced industries, particularly technology. Because of this, one might erroneously conclude private equity has curtailed investments in manufacturing companies. While it is true that manufacturing now represents a lower percentage of all private equity acquisitions compared to historical standards, PE firms still actively invest in the manufacturing sector.

In the last 60 days, our M&A Research Database has recorded 52 new private equity platform investments in manufacturing companies (there are even more add-on acquisitions in this space), of which pharmaceutical manufacturing was the most represented manufacturing category:

  • Pharmaceutical manufacturing (5 investments)
  • Automotive-related manufacturing (4 investments)
  • Contract manufacturers (4 investments)
  • Aerospace manufacturing (2 investments)
  • Lighting manufacturers (2 investments)

Private Equity Investments in Pharma Manufacturing

Our M&A research database is tracking 123 active PE platform investments in pharmaceutical manufacturing companies. The five most recent are detailed below:

GHO Capital Partners invested in Ardena, a multi-service contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) for the pharmaceutical industry.

The Riverside Company invested in HealthTech, a manufacturer active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), excipients, flavorings and sweeteners.

Unison Capital invested in Kyowa Pharmaceutical Industrya generic drug manufacturer specializing in the Central Nervous System (CNS) therapeutic area.

H.I.G. Capital invested in BioVectra, a contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) with full-service cGMP outsourcing solutions for intermediates and active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs).

Enhanced Healthcare Partners invested in Pharmaceutical Associates, a manufacturer and marketer of generic oral liquid pharmaceuticals.


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