Investment Strategy and Operating Philosophy
We look to partner with existing management teams in established operating businesses with a successful growth history. We recognize that most companies in our targeted size range are led by exceptional management teams that have proven the ability to generate sales momentum but are often constricted by inadequate working capital, key employee vacancies, fundamental deficiencies in back-office support or other surmountable constraints. We are happy to “roll up our sleeves” to help address those limitations and often supply some of the following:
- Hands-on orientation with emphasis on providing sufficient capital to fund working capital growth and appropriate capital investment
- Adherence to best business practices including disciplined budgeting, governance, compliance and focus on appropriate key performance indicators and related metrics.
- Our affiliate, Corporate Fuel Advisors, maintains in-house executive recruitment capabilities
Our team has decades of experience managing and working with middle market companies both as investors and as senior operating executives. We know what it takes to be successful and we believe in partnering with owners and managers with an active orientation providing more than just capital. We support promising middle market companies, enabling them to achieve their full potential. We are not focused on one particular industry, and have the experience and flexibility to consider investments in a broad variety of businesses and industries.
In most cases our investments will be buyout or control investments. We will also consider significant minority equity investments where our incremental capital will provide the catalyst for a significant boost in the value of the business. We can act quickly to assess our initial interest. We have the flexibility and skills to structure complex transactions to meet the needs and desires of owners, whether it is a family-owned business or a public company. We are sensitive to seller objectives, not just price, and can provide a liquidity event for an owner who wants to diversify his or her net worth but has a desire to continue in the business.
Realizing Full Value
Corporate Fuel helps successful businesses address the challenges of growth.Learn about our portfolio investments