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June 09, 2020 1 Comment Author: Andy Jones

Private Equity Firms Investing in Battery Companies

Private equity firms currently hold more than 40 portfolio companies in the battery industry. These investments range from…

…Battery Manufacturers:

Lionano (Woburn, MA) manufactures proprietary cathode materials that improve energy density, cost, durability and safety of lithium ion batteries. The company’s other division develops solid state batteries.

September 2018 – Lionano completed a $22 million Series B financing round led by WAVE Equity Partners, Helios Capital Ventures and NXT Ventures.


EaglePicher Technologies (St. Louis, MO) develops specialized batteries and advanced power management systems for defense, aerospace and medical applications.

March 2018 – Vectra Co., a portfolio company owned by certain investment funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC (NYSE: APO), completed the sale of its EaglePicher Technologies business to affiliates of GTCR LLC.


…to Battery Distributors:

June 01, 2020 No Comments Author: Andy Jones

Aged Private Equity Portfolio Companies – June 2020

The median holding period for private equity portfolio companies is currently 4.8 years, as reported in our recently updated portfolio company holding periods study.

Given this, it is reasonable to assume that portfolio companies held five years or longer might be good candidates/prospects for an exit.

Our M&A Research Database currently shows 218 portfolio companies that will reach the 5-year holding period milestone in the month of June, 2020. A few sample companies are presented below.

April 09, 2020 No Comments Author: Andy Jones

Private Equity Investments in Infectious Disease-Related Companies

With the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies are suffering economic consequences beyond their control. However, certain industries might experience an increase in demand. Of particular interest, are companies specializing in infectious diseases.

Using data pulled from the PrivateEquityInfo M&A Research Database, I have listed private equity investments in companies working specifically within the area of infectious diseases.

April 01, 2020 No Comments Author: Andy Jones

M&A Market Pulse Survey Results

We surveyed private equity firms, investment banks and mezzanine lenders to get a pulse on the overall market sentiment surrounding M&A. We wanted to solicit the wisdom-of-the-crowd to report on current conditions and to capture what industry participants collectively think about likely future outcomes.

300 M&A professionals representing 267 unique firms completed the survey that was open for 24 hours – 78% from M&A investment banks and 10% from private equity firms.

March 23, 2020 No Comments Author: Andy Jones

Private Equity Firms with Good Timing

In a previous data study titled “Smart, Contrarian Private Equity Firms”, I wrote about private equity firms with prescient timing during the last recession… those that exited at the peak, just before the last recession, and those PE firms that acquired new portfolio companies at the lower valuations of 2009-2010.

Today, we’ll look at private equity firms that exited portfolio companies in January and February (and a few in the first part of March) of 2020, just prior to the onslaught of the Coronavirus. Here are those firms: