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KIAN INSIGHTS—The Automotive Aftermarket Industry

May 07, 2020

Mergers & Acquisitions features an article authored by Scott Buschmann, Partner at Kian, as he shares perspectives on the current and future impacts of COVID-19 on automotive aftermarket companies.

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MEETING THE NEED—Four Charities We Support & Love

April 28, 2020

Kian is making contributions to four charities to further their relief efforts during this uncertain time. The missions of these organizations are more relevant now than ever given the economic strain COVID-19 is placing on the communities where we live and work.

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IN THE NEWS—OT Growth Partners donates sanitizing wipes amid COVID-19 pandemic

April 22, 2020

Fox 8 News covers Kian portfolio company OT Growth Partners, a leading developer and operator of Orangetheory fitness studios.

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Brian Reese Joins The Retrofit Source as Chief Executive Officer

April 17, 2020

Veteran automotive industry executive brings over two decades of leadership experience fueling premium brands with innovative products to PE-backed TRS.

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IN THE NEWS — Middle-Market Investors Respond to Coronavirus Upheaval

March 30, 2020

Middle Market Growth Magazine features David Duke, Managing Director of Business Development, as he provides PE perspectives on navigating an economic crisis.

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IN THE NEWS — Where are the post-pandemic opportunities ahead for private equity?

March 25, 2020

Private Equity Wire features David Duke, Managing Director of Business Development, as he shares Kian’s thoughts on COVID-19 and where the post-pandemic opportunities lie ahead for private equity.

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Charles Products Acquires Techstyles Sportswear

March 08, 2020

Charles Products, a portfolio company of Kian Capital, has acquired Techstyles Sportswear to create a leading provider of high-quality custom hard goods and apparel serving the souvenir end market.

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IN THE NEWS — Kian Capital More Than Quintuples Its Money on Empire Equipment Sale

February 07, 2020

We are proud to have been featured in the Wall Street Journal Pro Private Equity last week highlighting our Empire Group portfolio exit.

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Kian Portfolio Exit Announcement — Empire Group

February 07, 2020

Kian Capital announces the successful sale of its portfolio company, Empire Group, to PNC Riverarch Capital. During its partnership with Kian, Empire was able to triple its revenue and EBITDA while creating a market-leading wholesale distribution platform of national scale within the fragmented foodservice equipment industry.

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Kian Transaction Announcement — Enterprise Computing Services and My IT

January 27, 2020

Kian Capital announces majority recapitalization and merger of Enterprise Computing Services and My IT. Combination accelerates firms’ expansion, adding new services and capabilities as the Company seeks growth through additional acquisitions.

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Kian Capital Unveils New Brand Identity with Redesigned Logo and Website

January 22, 2020

Kian Capital, a middle-market focused private investment firm, announced the launch of its new brand identity that better aligns with the firm’s commitment to providing flexible financial resources and additional operational horsepower to scale its portfolio companies, realize aspirations and deliver long-term investment returns through genuine partnerships.

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Kian Capital announces two new Hires - Reid Freeman & Carter Fields

August 27, 2019

Kian Capital, a provider of equity capital and subordinated debt, is pleased to announce the recent hiring of Reid Freeman and Carter Fields to support the company's continued growth.

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Kian Capital Transaction Announcement — The Eastwood Company

May 07, 2019

Kian Capital announced that it has completed a majority recapitalization of The Eastwood Company (“Eastwood” or the “Company”) in partnership with management.

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Kian Capital looks back at a very robust and successful 2018!

January 30, 2019

Kian Capital would like to thank its management team partners, investors, deal sources and other stakeholders for their support in making 2018 a very robust and successful year for our firm.

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OT Growth Partners acquires FIT Enterprise

January 24, 2019

OT Growth Partners, a portfolio company of Kian Capital, has acquired FIT Enterprise, the Orangetheory Fitness area developer for the state of Iowa. 

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Motor City Industrial acquires Smith Fastener

January 21, 2019

Motor City Industrial, a portfolio company of Kian Capital and Oakland Standard, has acquired Smith Fastener in partnership with its 3rd generation owner, Brian Smith. 

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Kian Capital Transaction Announcement — Charles Products, Inc.

January 10, 2019

Kian Capital announced that it has completed a majority recapitalization of Charles Products, Inc. in partnership with management.

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Kian Capital Transaction Announcement — Orangetheory North Carolina

December 18, 2018

Kian Capital announced that in partnership with management it has completed a recapitalization of KMJE Ventures, LLC d/b/a Orangetheory North Carolina.

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Empire Equipment acquires TruTemp Equipment and Norm's Refrigeration

May 10, 2018

Empire Equipment Company, a portfolio company of Kian Capital, has acquired TruTemp Equipment and Norm’s Refrigeration to create a leading wholesale distribution platform for commercial foodservice equipment.

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Kian Capital Transaction Announcement — Trifecta Networks

May 01, 2018

Kian Capital is pleased to announce that it has provided senior secured debt and equity to support the corporate divestiture of Trifecta Networks, LLC. 

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Kian Capital Transaction Announcement — The Retrofit Source

April 03, 2018

Kian Capital announced that it has completed a majority recapitalization of The Retrofit Source, Inc. in partnership with management. 

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Kian Capital announces two new hires — David Duke & David Hare

March 29, 2018

Kian Capital, a provider of equity capital and subordinated debt, is pleased to announce the recent hiring of David Duke and David Hare to support the company’s continued growth.

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Kian Capital announces final close of $250M second fund

March 20, 2018

Kian Capital, a provider of equity capital and subordinated debt, is pleased to announce the final closing of KMP II, L.P. with total capital commitments at its hard cap of $250 million.

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Kian Capital Transaction Announcement — Diamond Metals Distribution

February 08, 2018

Kian Capital is pleased to announce that in partnership with management it has recapitalized Diamond Metals Distribution, a Cleveland-based steel service center.

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Kian Capital Transaction Announcement — Westcoast Gate

April 14, 2017

Kian Capital is pleased to announce that it has acquired Westcoast Gate & Entry Systems, a premier provider of high-end gate installation & repair services in the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area.

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Kian Capital Transaction Announcement — TrueLearn

March 02, 2017

Kian invested senior secured debt and equity to support the management-led buyout of TrueLearn, a SaaS-based educational company that provides test preparation software for high-stakes standardized exams in various fields of medicine.

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Kian Capital Transaction Announcement — Jones Natural Chews

May 18, 2016

Kian Capital is pleased to announce that it has invested $10 million of senior secured subordinated debt and preferred equity to support Azalea Capital’s acquisition of a controlling interest in Jones Natural Chews Co.

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Kian Capital Transaction Announcement — Sdii Global Corporation

April 22, 2016

Kian Capital is pleased to announce that it has invested $8 million of senior secured debt to support the management-led buyout of Sdii Global Corporation from the Company’s founder.

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Kian Capital Transaction Announcement — Jolyn Clothing Company

January 26, 2016

Kian Capital is pleased to announce that it has invested $6.5 million of senior secured debt in Jolyn Clothing Company Inc. to support BASE Equity Partners’ purchase of a majority ownership position in the Company, with the founder retaining a leadership role and a significant ownership stake.

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Kian Capital Transaction Announcement — Empire Equipment Company

December 31, 2015

Kian Capital is pleased to announce that it has invested senior subordinated debt and equity to acquire Empire Equipment Company, d/b/a Empire Marketing Group, a leading Southeast-based distributor of foodservice equipment and associated repair and maintenance products.

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Kian Capital Transaction Announcement — Spire Hospitality

December 15, 2015

Kian Capital is pleased to announce that it has invested $9.9 million of senior subordinated debt and equity in Spire Hospitality to finance the Company’s growth initiatives and provide shareholder liquidity.

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Kian Capital Transaction Announcement — American In-Home Care

December 14, 2015

Kian Capital is pleased to announce that it has invested $7.0 million in senior subordinated debt and equity in American In-Home Care. Kian partnered with Modern Bank to support the Company’s acquisition of Douglas Health Systems and to provide liquidity for existing shareholders.

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Kian Capital Transaction Announcement — Etix

November 24, 2015

Kian Capital is pleased to announce that it has participated in a management-led buyout of Intelli-Mark Technologies, Inc. Kian partnered with OFS Capital Corporation and various members of management to effectuate the transaction.

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Kian Capital Transaction Announcement — Motor City Fastener

July 31, 2015

Kian Capital is pleased to announce that it has invested senior subordinated debt and preferred equity in Motor City Fastener, Inc.,  a value-added distributor of fasteners and related products to a variety of industries including automotive, trucking, defense, construction and automation tooling.

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Kian Capital Transaction Announcement — SPATCO Energy Solutions

July 10, 2015

Kian Capital is pleased to announce that it has invested $5.25 million of senior subordinated debt in SPATCO Energy Solutions to support the Company's growth initiatives.

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Kian Capital Transaction Announcement — LOFA Industries

March 31, 2015

Kian Capital is pleased to announce that it has made a senior subordinated debt investment in LOFA Industries to support the acquisition of the Company by Hunters Gate Holdings.

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Kian Capital Transaction Announcement — Sunbelt Packaging

March 31, 2015

Kian Capital is pleased to announce that it has invested $4.0 million of senior subordinated debt in SunBelt Packaging to support the Company’s working capital and expansion needs.

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Kian Capital Transaction Announcement — Riveron Consulting

March 25, 2015

Kian Capital is pleased to announce that in partnership with OFS Capital, it led a $20.0 million senior subordinated debt investment in Riveron Consulting to support the Company’s growth initiatives.

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Kian Capital Transaction Announcement — Thermal Product Solutions (TPS)

March 06, 2015

Kian Capital is pleased to announce that, in conjunction with lead investor FNB Capital, it has invested $4.0 million of senior subordinated debt in Thermal Product Solutions to support the Company’s growth initiatives.

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Kian Capital Transaction Announcement — Colorado Quality Products

December 16, 2014

Kian Capital invested $10 million in the form of subordinated debt and common equity to support the acquisition of a turnkey formulator and manufacturer of private label high-end skin and hair care products.

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Kian Capital announces final close of $150 million inaugural fund

November 17, 2014

Kian Capital, a provider of mezzanine debt and equity capital to leading lower middle-market companies, is pleased to announce the final closing of Kian Mezzanine Partners I, L.P. (the “Fund”) with total capital commitments of $150 million, including Small Business Administration leverage.

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Kian Capital announces closing of first investment in its inaugural fund — Smart Choice

September 05, 2014

Kian partnered with the management team of Worldwide Insurance Network to invest $7 million of subordinated debt with warrants. The Kian investment was used to support the Company’s growth initiatives and to provide liquidity for existing shareholders.

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Kian Capital announces receipt of SBIC license

January 28, 2014

Kian Capital is pleased to announce that on December 20, 2013 its inaugural fund, Kian Mezzanine Partners I, L.P. (the "Fund"), received its Small Business Investment Company ("SBIC") license from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

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